Begonia, gerbera and carex container

Begonia, gerbera and carex container

Create a zesty container planted with gerberas and begonias, in three quick steps.

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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 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

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The orange gerbera (winter-hardy) and purple angelonia make the perfect colour contrast, while the grass creates a backdrop for the scheme and lends movement to the display. The combination is best suited to a sunny spot, so position it in the brightest area you have. Deadhead the blooms regularly to keep the display neat, and to encourage more flowers.

Learn how to create this zesty gerbera and begonia container display, in just three easy steps.

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You Will Need

  • Gerbera garvinea ‘Sweet Surprise’ (2)
  • Carex comans, bronze-leaves
  • Angelonia angustifolia
  • Begonia sutherlandii (2)
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser

Step 1

Add peat-free, multi-purpose compost to your container until it’s two-thirds full. Work in slow-release fertiliser.

Adding compost to the container
Adding compost to the container

Step 2

Position the grass at the back of the display, gently teasing its roots as you remove it from the pot.

Planting up the container
Planting up the container

Step 3

Plant the gerberas next, followed by the begonias at the front so they spill over the edge. Water in well.

Planting around the edge of the container
Planting around the edge of the container
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Kevin Smith says

Don’t forget to boost your stock of the plants used by propagating them. You can take cuttings from the gerbera, angelonia and begonia, while the carex can be divided. 

Kvein Smith