Bleeding heart and hosta pot

Bleeding heart and hosta 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 at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not 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

Bleeding heart is a particularly lovely spring-flowering perennial. Here, we’ve set it off by combining it with variegated hosta and bugle. It’s perfect for brightening up a shady corner, and when you’ve finished with the display, the plants can be repotted or planted in the garden.

You will need

  • Hosta ‘Barbara Ann’
  • Bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Braunherz’
  • Wide terracotta pot, 30cm
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Crocks
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Total time:

Step 1

Place a layer of crocks at the bottom of pot, then three-quarters fill it with compost.

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Step 2

Position the bleeding heart at the back of the pot and the other plants slightly in front of it. Fill with compost to within 5cm of the rim, firming around the plants with your fingers to squeeze out any air pockets.

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Step 3

Water the plants thoroughly and allow to drain. Add more compost to fill any gaps if necessary. 

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Step 4

Position the pot in a partially shaded spot, where you can enjoy the dainty blooms of the bleeding heart, in contrast with the lush foliage of the hosta.

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Kevin Smith says…

Look out for small plants when buying for this container display. They’re easy to handle when planting and are often great value for money with multi-buy deals to be had. And don’t worry about cramming the plants in – this is a short-term display so it needs to look good instantly.

Kevin Smith