Osteospermum and santolina pot display

Osteospermum and santolina pot display

Create a stylish pot display using osteospermum and santolina.

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 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

Osteospermums are perfect for growing in pots, offering a long season of pretty flowers for a sunny corner. here, we’ve combined osteospermums with ornamental grass and santolina, whose foliage brings out the purple of the flowers.

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You Will Need

  • Santolina chamaecyparissus
  • Purple osteospermum
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • 30cm terracotta pot
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser

Total time:

Step 1

Adding compost
Adding compost

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

Step 2

Adding slow-releaser fertiliser
Adding slow-releaser fertiliser

Add slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining gel to the compost, and mix it in with your hands.

Step 3

Adding the plants
Adding the plants

Add the stipa and osteospermum first, and tuck the santolina in around the other plants. Add compost to fill the gaps and firm in well. Water the pot thoroughly and leave to drain before moving to its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

This display has something of a seaside feel, so position it where the grasses and santolina can gently sway in the breeze. Deadhead the osteospermum to keep the display neat and to encourage more blooms.

Kevin Smith