There are many plants in flower in February that can be used to create an instant spring pot display. Daffodils and primulas go together beautifully, and work well with the contrasting foliage of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ and a brightly coloured pot. If you buy the plants from a garden centre, they can be planted into the garden after they’ve finished flowering, so you can enjoy them for years to come.
You Will Need
- Daffodils, e.g. Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' (3)
- Primula e.g. 'Gold-laced' group (3)
- Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (1)
- 20cm diameter pot
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
- Watering can
Place a few crocks in the bottom of the pot for drainage. You could also use broken polystyrene or small plastic plant pots.
Fill the container two-thirds full with peat-free, multi-purpose compost. Break it up as you go to remove air pockets.
Add the ‘Tête-à-tête’ narcissi to the back of the pot first, followed by the three primulas in a line along the front edge.
Split the ophiopogon into several smaller plants by carefully breaking the root ball apart.
Poke the smaller pieces of ophiopogon between the primulas and narcissi. Fill in with more compost.
Firm down the compost and water the container thoroughly. Check the compost regularly to make sure it doesn’t dry out.
Kevin Smith says…
Match the colour of your pot with the plants you’re using to fill it – this yellow glazed container really makes the narcissus and primulas sing, adding to the overall polish of the display.