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Phormiums survive well in most conditions and there are some wonderful dwarf varieties that are perfect for growing in pots. For a cheaper, but equally colourful alternative to phormiums, you could use cordylines. By the end of summer the fragrant
.Carefully remove the gazania plants from their pots, gently teasing out the roots to help them get established quicker. Plant them in a row along the front of the container. Do the same with the rudbeckias, placing them behind the gazanias.Fill in around
, with Rachel de Thame's advice.Plant up a tropical display of canna, pineapple lily and sedum plants.
Surround your roses with strongly scented companion plants, such as lavender, thyme, rue and garlic chives, to help keep aphids at bay. While gardeners are attracted by their beauty, rose pests are deterred by the herbs' strong scents. March - April June - August20 minutesRue, Ru...
This rustic container filled with an orange pelargonium and a ruby red begonia is guaranteed to brighten up the gloomiest corner in your garden. Take care to keep the begonia out of the sun, or it will scorch. March - April June - September20 minutes1 ruby red begonia, we used B....
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 comp...
pockets.Sprinkle slow-release fertiliser over the compost, to keep the display looking good for as long as possible.Place the tallest plants at the back of the pot and the shorter plants at the front. Add more compost around the plants and firm gently
it with bubble wrap or polystyrene before planting.More ideas for structural displaysAdd height to your borders with a home-made metal obelisk.Grow an ornamental Japanese acer in a pot.Combine height and colour with a container display of dogwood, snowdrops
spring pot display of alpine plants.Potting up a display of spring-flowering primulasPruning spring-flowering shrubs.Layering spring bulbs in a pot.
Sarah Raven demonstrates how to plant up a container of spring-flowering bulbs, narcissus, crocus and tulips, in our video guideautumnspringMore autumn planting projectsPot of azaleas and campanulas.Early spring-flowering container with thyme