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Nandina, heuchera and berberis 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 at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is 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 at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

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A shady garden might seem like a challenge, but in reality there’s a huge range of plants suitable for growing in dark places.

This container display is made using a bold selection of plants, combining different leaf forms, colours and textures. The Nandina domestica and berberis make an an eye-catching centrepiece all year round, with attractive flowers and berries, and fantastic autumn colour.

You will need

  • Nandina domestica ‘Fire Power’
  • Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’
  • Berberis x media ‘Red Jewel’
  • Viola ‘Red Blotch’
  • Saxifraga fortunei ‘Blackberry Apple Pie’
  • Large terracotta pot, or similar
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Sow-release fertiliser
  • Crocks
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Total time:

Step 1

Add crocks to the base of the pot to aid drainage.

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Step 2

Fill the pot two-thirds full with compost.

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Step 3

Plant the berberis first, at the back of the container. Make sure it’s level and planted at the same depth it was in its original pot.

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Step 4

Fill in around the berberis with the nandina, heuchera, viola and saxifrage plants. 

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Step 5

Fill any gaps between the plants with more compost, firm down gently and water well.

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Step 6

Water the plants thoroughly and allow to drain, before moving the container to its final planting position.

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Kevin Smith says…

Create a designer look with impact by restricting your colour palette – this container combines plants that all tie into a burgundy theme for a display that’s full of style. Restraint takes will power but it’s worth it.

Kevin Smith