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Begonia and bleeding heart pot display

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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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 not 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 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 not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

This combination of dark-leaved begonias and heuchera, with flowering bleeding heart, makes for an impressive shade-loving display. Pot this up in a shady corner for a dramatic and long-lasting splash of colour.

You will need

  • Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘King of Hearts’
  • Heuchera ‘Cappuccino’
  • Begonia ‘Botanica’
  • Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’
  • Carex flagellifera
  • Container
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Water-retaining gel
  • Slow-release fertiliser
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Total time:

Step 1

Add a layer of crocks to the base of the pot, to aid drainage, and then fill two-thirds with multi-purpose compost. Add slow-release fertiliser and moisture-retentive gel, and mix in with your hands.

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Step 2

Add the bleeding heart to the centre of the container, ensuring it’s level and planted at the same depth it was in its original pot.

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Step 3

Add the begonias and carex around the bleeding heart. Firm the plants well and fill in gaps with more compost.

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Step 4

Water the pot well to fully soak the water-retaining gel. Allow the pot to drain fully before moving to its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

Choose a container to complement the tone and colour palette of your plants. This beige planter gives the dramatic foliage real standout and brings harmony to the scheme as a whole. Plant several pots in a similar way to give your patio a coordinated feel.

Kevin Smith