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Rose pot display

You will need

  • Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue'
  • Rosa 'Boule de Neige'
  • Heuchera 'Licorice' x3
  • Salvia x superba 'Merleau' x2
  • Viola x2
  • Large tin bath
  • Drill
  • Crocks
  • Good-quality, loam-based compost


Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue', heuchera and violas give the display a purple theme. This is gracefully lifted by the white highlights and scent of R. 'Boule de Neige'.
Plant it: November or March
At its best: May - September
Takes just: 45 minutes

How to do it:

1 Drill several evenly spaced holes in the bottom of the bath, then scatter over a layer of crocks. Fill the bath two-thirds with compost.

2 Plant the roses in the centre of the bath, towards the back. Then evenly space the heucheras around the edge, filling in the gaps with the salvias and violas.

3 Fill around your plants with compost, firming it with your fingers. Place the container in a sunny or lightly shaded, sheltered spot against a fence or wall.

Our tip

Give your roses a boost with a slow-release fertiliser in March and again in July.

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Talkback: Rose pot display
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titaflan 24/11/2011 at 15:28

poco triste no? bit gloomy the purple heuchera and violas under our dull skies now? I'd underplant a white rose with a variegated vinca and white winter pansies. Glow in the twilight. Purple just disappears. Or it would look good with good with RED roses. But in the halflight white roses are magical with other white flowers.

Jeansmith 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I plan to grow Rosa Compassion on the 4 metre wide south-westerly house wall in a large container. I shall also have a choice of planting in other containsrs next to it, two or more of the following:- clematis Marie Boissellot, c. tangutica, c. Alpina Pink Flamingo and Jasminium Officianale.

1. Which would you plant?

2. What size containers would be adequate?