Phormium and heuchera pot display

Phormium and heuchera pot display

Follow our step-by-step guide to planting up a container with heuchera and phormium.

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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

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To do

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Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Phormiums survive well in most conditions and there are some wonderful dwarf varieties that are perfect for growing in pots. Here, we combine dwarf variety ‘Alison Blackman’ with heather, carex and heuchera for dramatic effect. It’s the perfect container for a shady corner and will last well into winter.

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You Will Need

  • Heuchera 'Fire Alarm'
  • Phormium tenax 'Alison Blackman'
  • Heather plants (3)
  • Carex 'Evergold'
  • Container, large, glazed
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost

Step 1

Cover the bottom of the container with crocks, to stop the compost falling out of the drainage hole.

Adding crocks to the pot
Adding crocks to the pot

Step 2

Fill the pot thwo-thirds full with compost.

Adding compost to the pot
Adding compost to the pot

Step 3

Arrange the plants in the container, starting with the phormium, followed by the heather and heuchera, and finally squeezing in the carex. Fill around the plants with compost and firm in well.

Planting up the pot
Planting up the pot

Step 4

Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain before moving it to its final position.

Watering the plants
Watering the plants
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Kevin Smith says…

Don’t just rely on flamboyant blooms to create a container display with impact. This collection of beautiful leaf colour and texture has good looks, with the added bonus of a long season of interest.

Kevin Smith