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Begonia and spider plant 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 not at its best in May

Plant is not 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 To do in April

Do To do in May

Do 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

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 x3
  • Spider plant x2
  • Large, shallow container
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser
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Total time:

Step 1

Cover the bottom of the container with crocks, to cover the drainage holes, then fill it two-thirds with compost.

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Step 2

Add slow-release fertiliser granules and mix them into the compost with your hands.

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Step 3

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.

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Step 4

Water the container well and allow to drain before placing the container in its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

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.

Kevin Smith