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Meadow plant pot display

Find out how to create a colourful container display using meadow plants like yarrow and valerian.

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 To do in March

Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do To do in June

Do To do in July

Do 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

If you haven’t got the space for a mini meadow but crave the wild look, this pot will provide the perfect solution. Using native wildflowers and their close relatives, it will create the look of a meadow on a small scale. The blend of flowers and grasses will benefit wildlife and look good over a long season.

Filled with yarrow, red valerian, avens, squirrel-tail grass, purple toadflax and woodland sage, this pot is perfect for a sunny spot.

You will need

30 litre pot

10 litres of loam-based compost

10 litres of garden soil

A few handfuls of pea shingle as mulch (optional)

Achillea ‘Terracotta’ (yarrow)

Centranthus ruber (red valerian)

Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’ (avens)

Hordeum jubatum (squirrel-tail grass)

Linaria purpurea (purple toadflax)

Salvia nemorosa (woodland sage)

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Total time:

Step 1

Stand your plants in a tray of water to dampen the roots. Meanwhile, mix together equal quantities of compost and soil. Place crocks in the base of your pot, then half fill with compost mix.

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Step 2

Remove each plant from its pot and plant into the main container. It’s easiest to start at the back with the tallest, then fill in the centre and finally add the last plants around the edges.

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Step 3

Fill any gaps between the rootballs with additional compost and firm in well. The compost surface should be a few centimetres below the pot rim. Water thoroughly.

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Kevin Smith says…

All of these plants can be moved to the garden when the display is past its best. Plant them in a sunny border and enjoy them for many years to come – wildlife will continue to benefit from the blooms too.

Kevin Smith