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Lavender and pansy pot display


In this simple container display we combine Lavender 'Hidcote' with purple-flowered pansies. The green glazed pot brings out the colour of the foliage, which contrasts beautifully with the purple blooms. Inexpensive and long-lasting, it's the perfect pot for a sunny corner.

Plant it: May
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 40 minutes

How to do it:

Adding crocks


Cover the bottom of the planter with crocks, to cover the drainage hole.

Adding compost


Fill two-thirds full with compost.

Adding slow-release fertiliser


Add slow-release fertiliser granules, and mix them into the compost with your hands.

Planting up the pot


Plant the lavender in the centre of the pot, with the pansies around it. Add more compost to fill in any gaps and firm well. Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain before moving to its final position.

Our tip

At the end of autumn, it's best to move this container under cover as some of the plants will hate the winter cold.

The erysimum needs lightly trimming after flowering to prevent it getting leggy. Make new plants by taking softwood cuttings in spring or summer.

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Jennifer 10 14/02/2015 at 13:58

What size pot?

Dovefromabove 14/02/2015 at 15:00

You're right, it doesn't say does it? 

My guess is that you need a pot about the same size as the one I've got a fig tree in, which is 20" x 20" x 20"


Bilje 14/02/2015 at 15:22

My Perennial wallflower Bowles Purple is in the border, it's two years old and is easily 2feet wide, the plants mentioned in the article are quite substantial when all grown up so I'd suggest as large a pot as you can manage. I like the sound of that combination I might give it a go myself.

Jennifer 10 14/02/2015 at 15:35

I was just looking at my erysymum Bowles mauve - it's all straggly but still got flowers.   Should I cut it back now or wait a while?  

About that article, there seemed a lot of plants and the picture didn't show the whole pot.   It seemed too many plants to me for a container.

Bilje 14/02/2015 at 15:40

I live in the NE and although mine were still flowering, it never stops, I've just cut the stems back to tidy it up. I find the plants last about 3 years before getting too straggly. I take cuttings in the summer they root very easily.
I think the planter would only work in a half barrel.

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