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Acer and bleeding heart container display

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do To do in January

Do To do in February

Do To do in March

Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do To do in June

Do To do in July

Do To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

Acers don’t like to be baked by the sun so this container display is perfect for a sheltered spot. This particular Japanese maple has beautiful bright green leaves which turn a rich orange in autumn, but it’s just one of a fantastic range of leaf colours and shapes available. The bleeding heart adds height and a splash of white against the green foliage, while the tiarella and ivy plants offer ground cover at the base.

You will need

  • Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
  • Tiarella ‘Iron Butterfly’
  • Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’
  • Ivy plants x4
  • Rectangular container or old Belfast sink
  • Crocks
  • Loam-based compost
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Total time:

Step 1

This container is heavy, so pop it in its final position before planting it up. Choose a shady, sheltered spot away from drying winds. Add crocks to the base.

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Step 2

Fill the container two-thirds with loam-based compost. Add slow-release fertiliser granules if you want to, and mix into the compost.

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Step 3

Place the acer at the lefthand side of the container, towards the back. plant it at the same depth it was growing in its original pot. Firm in well.

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Step 4

Plant the bleeding heart at the righthand side of the container, towards the back. Then plant the tiarella in front of it. Position the ivy plants so the spill over the sides of the container. Add more compost and firm plants in well.

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Step 5

Water the plants thoroughly and allow to drain. Top up with more compost if necessary.

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Kevin Smith says…

This is a long-term display, so keep it in great shape with regular feeding. Liquid seaweed fertiliser as a great, all-round organic feed – just dilute it in water and apply once a week for the best results.

Kevin Smith