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Heuchera and hyacinth container

Discover how to make this spring display that mixes hyacinths with evergreen leaves, herbs and early scented pinks.

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This pretty pot mixes fragrant hyacinths combined with the evergreen leaves of heuchera, plus herbs and early scented pinks (Dianthus). Hyacinths are widely available in garden centres in early spring, and provide an inexpensive hit of colour and fragrance.

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Pack the plants in close to make a bouquet effect, then transplant them to a border when they eventually outgrow the pot.

This pretty pot mixes fragrant hyacinths combined with the evergreen leaves of heuchera, plus herbs and early scented pinks.

You will need

  • 3 hyacinth ‘Pink Pearl’
  • 1 Heuchera ‘Frosted Violet’
  • 1 double-flowered dianthus
  • 1 Skimmia ‘Magic Marlot’
  • 1 Thymus ‘Silver Queen’
  • Multipurpose compost
  • Glazed ceramic pot
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Step 1

Half fill the container with multipurpose compost. Position the tallest plants at the back- in this case the hyacinths – first.

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Step 2

Plant the rest of the plants, positioning them first in their pots until you are happy that they sit together nicely. Fill any gaps with compost and water in well.

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Step 3

The heavy blooms of hyacinths mean that the flowerheads have a tendency to flop. Discreetly stake them at the back of the pot to keep them upright.

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How to make sure hyacinths don’t flop

Stop heavy-headed hyacinths from flopping under their weight by tying each stem to a small stick hidden among the foliage.