Euphorbia and lime heather

Euphorbia and lime heather pot display

Plant up this zingy container packed with evergreen foliage plants.

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 at its best in January

Plant is 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 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 at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

To do
To do

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 not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do not To do in December

This zingy scheme is all about foliage colour and texture, proving you don’t need flowers to provide an interesting display.

The euphorbia and lime heather provide the main colour hit in a container that’s guaranteed to brighten any autumn day. Blue festuca and the red-leaved Nandina offer a contrast, while keeping the overall look simple.

These plants enjoy a bright spot, so place the container where it will get winter sunshine. Don’t be too quick to dismantle this container as the euphorbia will produce lovely flowers in the spring.

If you’re looking for more to do in autumn, take a look at our top 4 jobs for wildlife in autumn, or create dead wood habitats.

Follow our easy steps to create this euphorbia and lime heather container. 

As a general rule, the taller the plant, the further towards the back of your container it should go.

You will need

  • 27cm Fibreclay faux-lead square container
  • Crocks or broken polystyrene
  • Multi-purpose compost
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Total time:

Step 1

Place a layer of crocks or broken polystyrene on the bottom of your pot to ensure good drainage.

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Step 2

Add peat-free, multi-purpose compost to the container until two-thirds full. Mix in some slow-release fertiliser.

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Step 3

Position the tallest plants first – in this case the euphorbia and nandina – teasing out the roots as you go. As a general rule, the taller the plant, the further towards the back of your container it should go.

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Step 4

Add the remaining shorter plants to the front and sides, then fill in the gaps with more compost, firming down well with your hands. Water the container well and move it to its final position. It’s important not to let the compost dry out.

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Kevin Smith says…

Don’t be afraid to cram plants into containers – especially for a winter display. They won’t put on much growth during the cold months, meaning your pot has to look good instantly for any chance of making a statement.

Kevin Smith