Box and osteospermum pot display

Box and osteospermum pot display

Create a stylish, permanent display, using a box pyramid, stipa and osteospermum. We show you how.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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 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

This box pyramid container display with ornamental grass and orange osteospermum makes an attractive, year-round feature for a sunny or partially shaded corner. A mulch of gravel gives the container a fresh look, as well as retains moisture in the pot.

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You Will Need

  • Topiary box pyramid, Buxus sempervirens
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • Osteospermum 'Orange Symphony' 
  • 30cm terracotta pot
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Blended loam or topsoil
  • Crocks
  • Slow-release fertiliser

Total time:

Step 1

Adding crocks to the pot
Adding crocks to the pot

This is a heavy container display, so position your pot in its final position before planting it up. Put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the pot, to aid drainage.

Step 2

Adding compost to the pot
Adding compost to the pot

Mix the compost and loam together and fill the pot two-thirds full.

Step 3

Adding slow-release fertiliser
Adding slow-release fertiliser

Add slow-release fertiliser to the pot.

Step 4

Planting the box pyramid
Planting the box pyramid

Plant the box in the centre of the pot, ensuring it is level, and at the same depth it was in its original pot.

Step 5

Planting the osteospermum
Planting the osteospermum

Add the osteospermum and stipa around the box, ensuring the grasses flop over the sides of the pot.

Step 6

Watering the display
Watering the display

Water the pot thoroughly, and allow to drain.

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Kevin Smith says…

Use the box pyramid as a year-round feature, replacing the others as they pass their best and the seasons change. It’ll be possible to create an entirely new look each season if you combine colours and textures carefully.

Kevin Smith