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Daffodil and primula pot display

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 at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is not 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

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’ x3
  • Primula e.g. ‘Gold-laced’ group x3
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ x1
  • Glazed pot, 20cm diameter
  • Peat-free, multi-purpose compost
  • Crocks
  • Watering can
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Total time:

Step 1

Place a few crocks in the bottom of the pot for drainage. You could also use broken polystyrene or small plastic plant pots.

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Step 2

Fill the container two-thirds full with peat-free, multi-purpose compost. Break it up as you go to remove air pockets.

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Step 3

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.

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Step 4

Split the ophiopogon into several smaller plants by carefully breaking the root ball apart.

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Step 5

Poke the smaller pieces of ophiopogon between the primulas and narcissi. Fill in with more compost.

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Step 6

Firm down the compost and water the container thoroughly. Check the compost regularly to make sure it doesn’t dry out.

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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.

Kevin Smith