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Fennel and euphorbia pot display

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 not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is 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 not To do in February

Do To do in March

Do To do in April

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Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

The rich colours of the bronze-leaved fennel and euphorbia complement the colour of the warm terracotta pot beneath. Tall euphorbia stems give height to the display while the wispy, feathery foliage of the fennel adds texture and movement. Weaving through display are delicate saxifrages, which bring spots of colour among the foliage.

You will need

  • Euphorbia ‘Efanthia’
  • Mossy saxifrage ‘Peter Pan’
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
  • Saxifraga ferdinandi coburgi ‘Drakula’
  • Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’
  • Large, 30cm terracotta pot
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost
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Total time:

Step 1

Cover the base of the pot with crocks, then fill it two-thirds full with compost.

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Step 2

Plant the euphorbia and fennel plants towards the back of the pot, then plant the saxifrages and ajuga at the front. Space plants well so they have room to grow.

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Step 3

Top up the pot with compost, firming it around the plants with your fingers.

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Step 4

Add a thick mulch of gravel to add contrast to the colours, and help conserve moisture. Water the pot well and allow to drain thoroughly before popping it in its final planting postion.

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Kevin Smith says…

Dark stems and foliage always create impact in a container display – give them standout by combining them with bright blooms and zingy colours. Position this pot in a bright, sunny spot for the best results.

Kevin Smith