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Stipa, muscari and pansy window box

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 at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is 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 not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not 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

In this pretty window box display we’ve combined stipa and euonymous with the pretty spring colours of grape hyacinths and pansies. The stipa and euonymous will provide a long season of interest, while the grape hyacinths and the pansies offer a splash of colour for several weeks.

For a spot of winter try growing muscari bulbs in a hanging ball.

You will need

  • Muscari ‘Blue Magic’ pot x4
  • Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’
  • Viola ‘Panola Blue’ x4
  • Euonymous ‘Emerald Gaiety’
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost
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Total time:

Step 1

Drill or nail drainage holes into the base of the container, to allow water to pass through.

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Step 2

Add crocks to the base of the container to aid drainage.

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Step 3

Fill the container two-thirds with multi-purpose compost.

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Step 4

Plant the stipa first, in the centre of the window box, towards the back. Firm it well and ensure the rootball is level in the compost.

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Step 5

Add the muscari, euonymous and pansy plants around the stipa.

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Step 6

Fill any gaps around the plants with more compost and firm in well.

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Step 7

Water the window box thoroughly and allow to drain before moving to its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

This reclaimed planter adds to the rustic look of the display. Consider using metal buckets for a similar effect or upscale things with a tin bath – it’ll make for an authentic feature guaranteed to create a talking point.

Kevin Smith