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Lavender, nemesia and heliotrope pot display

You will need

  • Heliotropum arborescens 'Butterfly Blue' x 4
  • Nemesia caerulea x 4
  • French lavender, Lavandula stoechas x 4
  • 40cm plastic-coated wire basket
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Wool basket lining
  • Slow release fertiliser
  • Water-retaining gel


The plants used in this hanging basket display are both colourful and fragrant. Heliotrope is one of the best scented plants for growing in a sunny spot, and works well in baskets. The lavender and nemesia are also richly fragrant, and all three plants will attract a wide range of pollinating insects.

Pinch out the growing tips of the plants to encourage bushy growth, then hang the finished basket in a sunny, sheltered site where you can enjoy its scent.

Plant it: May - June
At its best: June - September
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Lining the basket

1 Place a layer of wool or alternative lining in the bottom of the basket and bring it up the sides. You'll need a thick layer to provide the plants with the support they need. Give all the plants a good watering before starting.

Adding compost to the basket

2 Cut a circle from a compost bag and place over the lining to help retain water. Add slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining gel to the compost and mix well. Fill the bottom of the basket with compost.

3 Start with the heliotrope, pushing the rootballs through the wires, placing plants low in the basket for a well-covered effect. Tuck lining around the plants to keep the compost in.

4 Plat the French lavender and nemesia next, adding more compost and lining as you fill the basket. Firm the compost around the rootballs as you go.

Our tip

Check the compost regularly to make sure it doesn't dry out and remove any browning leaves or spent blooms.

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