Late summer container display

Monty Don plants up a bold late-summer container using phormium, cosmos, bidens and nasturtiums, in this video guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do To do in June

Do 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

Get maximum impact from a large container by filling it with boldly contrasting foliage and flowers. Monty Don shows you how in this short video clip and gives advice on creating the perfect compost mix – nutritious and free draining. He shows you how to arrange the plants to best effect, with a dramatic purple-leaved Phormium cookianum ‘Black Adder’ in the centre, lots of magenta-flowered Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Dazzler’, and four Bidens ‘Hawaiian Flare Orange Drop’ cascading over the rim, alongside trailing nasturtiums, Tropaeolum majus ‘Cherry Rose Jewel’. He also advises on aftercare to keep the display at peak flowering through to late autumn.