Narcissus and aubrieta pot

Narcissus and aubretia 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 at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not 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 not To do in April

Do not 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

Add a cottage-garden feel to your patio with this simple pot project. The trio of narcissus, carex and aubretia provides instant colour, as plants can be bought in flower. If other spring flowers catch your eye at the garden centre, you could use those instead.

You will need

  • Carex comans, bronze-leaves x1
  • Purple aubretia, 7cm pot x2
  • Narcissus ‘Minnow’, 9cm pot x2
  • 30cm terracotta pot x1
  • Peat-free multi-purpose compost
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Total time:

Step 1

Place pieces of terracotta over holes in the pot’s base to allow water to drain freely.

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Step 2

Tease out the fibrous roots of the carex to encourage it to quickly send out new roots.

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Step 3

Part fill the pot with compost. Set the carex in the centre, leaving room for other plants.

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Step 4

Split the narcissus bulbs carefully and set them in position around the carex.

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Step 5

Plant aubretia in the gaps at the edge of the pot, so they can trail over the side.

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Step 6

Water the container well and allow to drain fully. Site in a sunny position.

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Kevin Smith

Use the carex as a year-round focal point for this display. Move the other plants to the border when they’re past their best, replacing them with other seasonal blooms to create an entirely new look.

Kevin Smith