Pansy, thyme and olive pot display

Pansy, thyme and olive pot display

Find out how to create an attractive and stylish container display, packed with culinary herbs.

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 at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is not 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 To do in January

Do To do in February

Do not 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 To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

The hardy winter-flowering varieties of pansy are the best bet for winter and spring containers as they’re rarely without blooms, even when other plants are shivering in the cold. The flowers look stunning set off against the golden foliage of the thyme, around the olive tree as a centrepiece.

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You Will Need

  • Pansy plants
  • Thymus pulegioides 'Archer's Gold'
  • Common sage, Salvia officinalis
  • Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Olive tree
  • Large terracotta pot
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost

Total time:

Step 1

Planting the olive in the centre of the pot
Planting the olive in the centre of the pot

Add crocks to aid drainage and fill the pot two-thirds with compost. Add the olive tree to the centre of the pot, ensuring it’s level and planted at the same depth it was in its original pot.

Step 2

Thyme planted to spill over the edge of the pot
Thyme planted to spill over the edge of the pot

Position the pansy, thyme and other herbs around the olive, letting the thyme spill over the edge. Fill in any gaps with compost and firm down. Water the container thoroughly and allow to drain.

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Kevin Smith says…

Harvest herbs regularly to enjoy tasty pickings and encourage plenty of fresh growth. The pretty violas are edible too – use them to add interest and colour to salads. There’s nothing better than a display that’s both pretty and productive!

Kevin Smith