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Stipa, muscari and pansy window box


In this pretty window box display we've combined stipa and euonymous with the pretty spring colours of grape hyacinths and pansies. The stipa and euonymous will provide a long season of interest, while the grape hyacinths and the pansies offer a splash of colour for several weeks.

For a spot of winter try growing muscari bulbs in a hanging ball.

Plant it: April
At its best: April - June
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Adding drainage holes


Drill or nail drainage holes into the base of the container, to allow water to pass through.

Adding crocks


Add crocks to the base of the container to aid drainage.

Adding compost


Fill the container two-thirds with multi-purpose compost.

Planting up the pot


Plant the stipa first, in the centre of the window box, towards the back. Firm it well and ensure the rootball is level in the compost.

Planting up the pot


Add the muscari, euonymous and pansy plants around the stipa.

Planting up the pot


Fill any gaps around the plants with more compost and firm in well.

Watering the plants


Water the window box thoroughly and allow to drain before moving to its final position.

Our tip

Repot the stipa and muscari into the garden after the display is finished.

Discuss this pot & container

Talkback: Stipa, muscari and pansy window box
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kaycurtis 24/11/2011 at 15:27

really pretty all these yellow and gold daisy like flowers, will look lovely even on a dull day.

Pinkshirt 11/06/2012 at 09:38

I have just planted this selection using Gazania Tiger Stripes and Rudbeckia Rustic Dwarfs. I would like to know if I can over winter these plants in a cold frame. The seed packet described the Rudbeckia as half hardy perenial but I'm not sure about the Gazania Tiger Stripes as the seed packet was not clear.

sotongeoff 11/06/2012 at 09:46

I can only relate my experience of gazanias planted in my garden-they have survived 2 winters-looked a bit tatty earlier in the year but after a tidy up  they are now fine-same goes for 3 in a container that got left out all winter too-they seem to be described as half-hardy yet I am treating them as hardy perennials-so make of that what you will.

Just for the record this is in Southampton- but we had snow, ice etc