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Rose and clematis 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 not at its best in March

Plant is not 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 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 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

Roses and clematis make the perfect planting partners, so why not bring the two together in a large pot display? Here we’ve combined groundcover rose ‘Suffolk’ with maroon-flowered clematis ‘Burma Star’ and a few trailing ivies to complete the look.

All plants thrive with the minimum of fuss and will happily romp away, given adequate compost, food and water. Simply deadhead regularly and tie stems into place, and you’ll have an annual display that gets better every year.

You will need

  • Rosa ‘Suffolk’
  • Clematis ‘Burma Star’
  • Ivy plants x 3
  • Large terracotta pot
  • Wooden batons
  • Crocks
  • Loam-based compost
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Total time:

Step 1

Add crocks to the base of the pot and fill two-thirds with compost.

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Step 2

Add mycorrhizal fungi to aid development of the rose’s roots.

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Step 3

Plant the rose in the centre of the pot and the clematis and ivies around it. Add more compost to fill in any gaps and firm well.

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Step 4

Position the wooden batons in the compost and tie them together at the top to form an obelsik, using twine or raffia.

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Step 5

Tie the clematis and rose stems to the obelisk using twine.

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Step 6

Water the plants well and allow to drain. Add more compost to fill in any holes if necessary.

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Kevin Smith says…

Use a soil-based compost for a permanent container display like this one as it’ll hold its structure over a long period. Feed regularly to keep the plants healthy and boost the display – liquid seaweed feed is a good choice.

Kevin Smith