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and miscanthus.Planting partnersGrow smaller varieties in patio pots and plant medium and tall varieties among herbaceous perennials in mixed borders. Improve the soil before planting, with home-made compost or well-rotted manure. Grow them in full sun
Small pieces of broken earthenware or flower pots, placed in the bottom of a container to aid drainage.
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, or similarMulti-purpose, peat-free compostHorticultural gritOld plastic plant potsPlace upturned pots in the base of the pot to aid drainage and minimise the amount of compost used in the pot.Pour the compost into the container until it's about two
Turn the container upside down and drill four or five drainage holes in the bottom.Place a few crocks in the base of the container then add compost until it's two-thirds full.Plant the carex in one corner of the cube pot. This will form the 'back' of the finished
Repotting gives the plant a proportion of fresh compost to root into and this will provide water and nutrients to promote new growth. As a rule, choose a pot that is just a little larger than the one it was growing in before. Choose a container
to obtain air as well as moisture. In addition, they'll be relying on you for nutrients so it's a good idea to add a slow-release fertiliser. Large containerBroken terracotta potEqual parts mix of John Innes no.3 (loam-based compost)and multi-purpose compost
will look good into the spring. SeptemberNovember - March30 minutesPansy x4PhormiumSkimmiaHeucheraIvy x2Large potMulti-purpose compostCrocksPosition the container where you need winter interest, and place a layer of crocks at the bottom, then three