I have written before about this Carex comans which, summer or winter, is such a reliable background for so many plants. The star here is obviously the big show- off gerbera with flowers like fan dancers. There is a little begonia in there too – slightly overshadowed – but still lovely.
Gerbera [Garvinea Sweet Glow]
Hardier than many varieties ( but don’t get cocky if you live in a frost pocket). Semi evergreen. Take heel cuttings in summer. H xS 45cm x 40cm
Grows from tubers. Protect from all frost. Needs excellent drainage as waterlogging will kill it. Propagate from leaf cuttings. H xS 50cm x 50cm
Carex comans bronze-leaved
Tough old evergreen ( or everbronze if you are feeling pedantic) grass that goes well with loads of plants in borders or pots. Divide in spring. H xS 40cm x 50cm
The summer snapdragon is an easy-going, half-hardy annual that flowers prolifically. Simple to grow and needs no deadheading, which is a bonus. H xS 35cm x 10cm