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How to create a morning glory pot display

You will need

  • Ipomoea, morning glory, annual climber - seeds or several pot-ready 'Purple Haze' plants
  • 48cm urn or similar sized pot
  • Willow plant support
  • John Innes No.3 compost
  • Multi-purpose compost


Each blue or magenta flower of Ipomoea, the morning glory, lasts just one day, but it blooms reliably throughout the summer. The dense mat of heart-shaped leaves provide a perfect backdrop for the cheery flowers.

How to grow annual climbers from seed

Plant it: sow in February, pot on in April, plant out in June
At its best: summer
Takes just: an hour

How to do it:

1 Plant up pots in position as they'll be heavy to move later. Put a few bits of broken pot over the drainage hole to stop compost washing away while allowing excess water to drain.

2 Fill your large pot up to about two-thirds full of compost. Use a half-and-half blend of John Innes No.3 and multi-purpose compost, to ensure a balanced potting mix.

3 Make a hole in the centre of the compost, remove climbers from their pots and plant 15cm apart. Firm the compost around the climbers, making sure there are no air pockets around the rootballs.

4 Place the willow support carefully over the top of the climbers. Push the legs firmly into the compost, ensuring the structure is even by checking the support's bands are horizontal.

5 Encourage climbers onto the support by tying stems with soft twine to the willow, leaving some give in the twine so that the stems don't break in the wind and have space to grow.

Our tip

Water daily, snipping off any seedheads forming under the foliage, and feed plants weekly with a high-potassium liquid fertiliser

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