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Hosta 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 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 not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do To do in May

Do 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

Hostas reign supreme when it comes to striking foliage, but they also bear pretty purple flowers in summer, which are attractive in their own right. This eye-catching container display combines Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ with a selection of other shade-loving, foliage plants, resulting in the perfect, perennial display for a shady corner.

You will need

  • Hosta ‘Wide Brim’
  • Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Sprite’
  • Milium effusum ‘Aureum’
  • Large, glazed container
  • Crocks
  • Pebbles or gravel
  • Loam-based compost
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Total time:

Step 1

Add crocks to the base of the container to aid drainage, and fill the pot two-thirds with compost.

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Step 2

Add slow-release fertiliser granules to the compost and mix it in with your hands.

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Step 3

Gently tease the plants out of their pots and plant them in the container. Make sure the lush leaves of the hosta are displayed towards the front of the pot.

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Step 4

Water the plants well, then leave the container to drain fully before moving it to its final location.

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Kevin Smith says…

Hide bare compost with a decorative mulch – slate chippings, gravel and bark are all ideal for finishing a container in a professional way. A mulch also retains moisture and helps to keep weeds at bay.

Kevin Smith