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Lavender and wallflower pot display

You will need

  • Silverbush, Convolvulus cneorum x3
  • French lavender, Lavandula stoechas x3
  • Wallflower, Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' x3
  • Bacopa, Sutera 'Abunda White' x3
  • Faux lead planter
  • Crocks
  • John Innes No. 3 loam-based compost


These sun-loving plants make a dazzling combination when planted together. The silverbush looks good even after its white, bell-shaped flowers have faded; meanwhile, the wallflower keeps churning out gorgeous spikes of mauve flowers for months on end. And no summer garden is complete without the delicious aroma of lavender.
Plant it: May
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 40 minutes

How to do it:

1 Cover the bottom of the planter with crocks, then fill it two-thirds with compost.

2 The silverbush is the centrepiece of this planter, so plant this first with the erysimum at the back for height. Surround with the lavender and soften the edges with the trailing bacopa.

3 Top up the planter with compost, firming it around the plant roots with your fingers. Bring it under cover if frost is forecast.

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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Talkback: Lavender and wallflower pot display
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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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