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.