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Sedge and thrift pot display

You will need

  • Sedge, Carex buchananii
  • Blue fescue, Festuca glauca x2
  • Scabious x2
  • Thrift, Armeria maritima x3
  • Large container, we used one made from recycled tyres
  • Free-draining compost with extra grit added (see Adam's tip)
  • Crocks


If you yearn for the smell of the sea and the sight of grasses waving in the dunes, try planting up this coastal-themed container. From late-spring, the thrift brings splashes of colour with profuse pink, white or purple flowers, while the lilac scabious echoes its purple accents from mid- to late-summer. Above these plants arch the leaves of the grasses, gently swaying in a summer breeze.
Plant it: March - April
At its best: June - September
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

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

2 Knock the plants out of their pots and arrange them in the container. Plant the sedge in the centre, with a blue fescue on either side. Dot the scabious and thrift around the outside.

3 So long as the container doesn't become waterlogged, the plants in this planting scheme should overwinter. Just before the new spring growth appears give the sedge a trim. Birds will love the seedheads of the thrift so wait until late February before cutting back the foliage.

Our tip

All these plants thrive in very well-drained soil. Plant them in a free-draining compost mixed with a few handfuls of horticultural grit or sand.
In late-summer, the thrift produces papery, yellow seedheads - make the most of them by placing the pot where the low afternoon sun can shine through them.

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