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Lantana, coleus and impatiens 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 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 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

Lantana’s bright yellow flowers add a summery glow to this tropical planting combination, while the impatiens adds a fiery burst, contrasting with the dark-leaved foliage of the coleus. The effect is one of guaranteed sunshine, whatever the weather.

You will need

  • Coleus ‘Deep Purple’
  • Impatiens ‘New Guinea’
  • Lantana ‘Pure Gold’
  • Large pot
  • Crocks
  • Compost
  • Gloves
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Total time:

Step 1

Find a sun-soaked spot for this tropical container and get out your gardening gloves, as lantana can irritate sensitive skin. Add crocks to the bottom of the pot fill two-thirds full with compost.

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Step 2

Add slow-release fertiliser granules to the surface of the compost, and mix them in with your hands.

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Step 3

Gently tease the plants out of their pots and pop them in the pot.

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Step 4

Full any gaps with compost and press down with your hands, to fill in any air pockets.

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Step 5

Water the container well and allow to drain, before moving it to its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

Remove any coleus flowers as they appear – they’re likely to be pale purple and will ruin the overall look of the display. Flowering will also mean the performance of the coleus foliage will decline.

Kevin Smith