Salvia, fuchsia and heather pot

Salvia, fuchsia and heather pot

Plant up this colourful container to give your garden a summer pick-me-up.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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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 not 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 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 To do in July

Do To do in August

Do To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

September is the perfect time to plant up a colourful pot to extend the season of colour in your garden.

Of course, you can plant this earlier in the year, too, as the fuchsia, heather and salvia will be in flower from midsummer. Once the display is past its best, transfer all the plants to the garden – all are hardy.

You can also be experimental with the container you plant in. While we’ve gone for a classic terracotta pot, there are lots of ways to upcycle containers for the garden.

Find out how to plant up this zingy salvia, fuchsia and heather pot, below.

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You Will Need

  • 30cm terracotta pot
  • Fuchsia
  • Salvia
  • Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'
  • Heather (Calluna vulgaris ‘Garden Girls Mix’)
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost

Step 1

Add peat-free multi-purpose compost to the container until it’s two thirds full. Break up any large lumps.

Adding compost to the container
Adding compost to the container

Step 2

Position one plant at a time, carefully removing them from their pots. Create a front and back to the display, from shortest to tallest.

Planting up the container
Planting up the container

Step 3

Fill gaps between plants with compost and water the container well. Don’t let the compost dry out.

Watering the container
Watering the container
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