Flo’s recipe

Gardeners' World - - Container Style -

Lib­er­tia ix­ioides ‘Taupo Sun­set’ x 1

Senecio cineraria (sil­ver rag­wort) x 3

Rud­beckia fulgida ‘Gold­sturm’ x 1

He­le­nium au­tum­nale ‘Salsa’ x 1

Ane­man­thele lesso­ni­ana (pheas­ant’s tail grass) x 1

46cm rust-coloured clay­fi­bre Texas egg pot, find sim­i­lar in gar­den cen­tres

Peat-free, multi-pur­pose com­post

Grit, for drainage

3 Play with po­si­tions for the plants. Try a thriller in the mid­dle (pheas­ant’s tail grass), fillers at the sides (he­le­nium, rud­beckia, lib­er­tia), and a spiller (sil­ver rag­wort) tum­bling over the edges. 4 Once you’ve placed the plants, back-fill with the com­post mix, firm­ing to get rid of air gaps. Trim off dead flow­ers and wa­ter in well. As it’s a big pot, I’d sug­gest two full wa­ter­ing cans.

1 Check your pot has drainage holes and half-fill with peat-free com­post with grit mixed in. With good drainage and a lit­tle shel­ter, all but the sil­ver rag­wort should sur­vive win­ter.

2 Tease out the roots, as this will help plants to es­tab­lish more quickly. If plants have been in pots a while, their roots grow in a spi­ral in­stead of spread­ing out into the com­post.

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