91997

Fern and fritillary 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 not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is 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 not To do in February

Do To do in March

Do 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

Bring life to a shady corner with these shade-loving favourites. The lime-green leaves of the fern contrast beautifully with the chequered purple snake’s head fritillaries. Perfect for spring, once you’re finished with the display, simply transplant the plants into your garden and repot the container with a fresh set of plants for summer.

You will need

  • Japanese tassel fern, Polystichum polyblepharum
  • Snake’s head fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris
  • Terracotta pot, 30cm
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost
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Total time:

Step 1

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

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Step 2

Plant the ferns first and then the fritillaries. Cover the plants with compost and firm well. Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain before moving to its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

Keep the display simple by only using once colour fritillary – you’ll find several shades available at the garden centre, but being strict with colour is the key to creating a coordinated display with a professional finish.

Kevin Smith