If you’re short of sun in your garden but want an interesting summer display, try this rich blend of foliage plants. All plants perform well in shade – the begonia and the spider plants add foliage interest, while the busy Lizzie adds a splash of colour. The display will last well until the first frosts. Then, simply bring the pot indoors to overwinter the begonia and spider plants, and refresh the container with new busy Lizzies next year.
You Will Need
- Begonia rex
- Orange-red-flowered impatiens (3)
- Spider plant (2)
- Rectangular container or old Belfast sink
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
- Slow-release fertiliser
Cover the bottom of the container with crocks, to cover the drainage holes, then fill it two-thirds with compost.
Add slow-release fertiliser granules and mix them into the compost with your hands.
Plant the begonia first, at the back of the container, then the spider plants in front of it. Squeeze the busy Lizzie plants in whereever there is space. Cover with more compost and firm in well.
Water the container well and allow to drain before placing the container in its final position.
<h4>Kevin Smith says…</h4>
<p>This display is perfect for a windowsill, providing a striking alternative to a traditional window box. The spider plants will send out runners that will gently trail over the side of the container – perfect for creating the wow factor.