Cowslip and anemone pot display

Cowslip and anemone pot display

Make the most of spring-flowering cowslip and anemone, by planting them together in a container – we show you how.

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 not To do in January

Do To do in February

Do To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not 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

Purple and yellow always work well together, and the combination is particularly striking in this pairing of cowslip and anemone.

We’ve used a grey Moroccan trough, but a wooden or terracotta planter would look just a good. Once the display is over, the plants can all be planted out in the garden – both will do well in a cool, shady spot.

More spring garden projects:

Learn how to plant up this cheery cowslip and anemone pot display, below.

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You Will Need

  • Primula veris (5)
  • Anemone blanda (6)
  • 50cm trough
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Broken crocks or polystyrene
  • Water-retaining granules

Total time:

Step 1

Add crocks to the trough to improve drainage, then fill it two-thirds full of compost mixed with water-retaining gel.

Filling the trough with compost
Filling the trough with compost

Step 2

Plant the cowslips first, spacing them evenly along the length of the trough and positioning towards the back.

Planting the cowslips at the back of the trough
Planting the cowslips at the back of the trough

Step 3

Add the anemones, placing them in the the gaps between the cowslips. Anemones are delicate so take care not to break them when planting.

Planting the anemones at the front of the trough
Planting the anemones at the front of the trough

Step 4

Water your arrangement and ensure it never dries out. Deadhead faded cowslips to encourage new blooms.

Watering the plants in
Watering the plants in
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Kevin Smith says…

This is a faux-lead container – it looks as good as the real thing, but is lightweight and can be moved around easily. Consider a planter like this if you’re after a traditional look full of traditional charm.

Kevin Smith