Fireworks in a pot!

Asymmetrical design helps to create balance in this pot of variegated green and bright red plants that closely mimic the appearance of fireworks.


What you Need
• Organic fertiliser pellets
• Palm peat block (reconstituted in water)
• Potting soil
• Bone meal or super-phosphate
• Stones
• Large terracotta container
• A bucket for mixing soil
• A selection of plants. We used:
1 x Pennisitum Setaceum ‘Fireworks’
3 x Lobularia ‘Frosty Night’
3 x Echeveria Elegans

What you Do
1. Make a soil mix by combining ½ potting soil, ½ palm peat, a handful of organic pellets and a handful of bone meal or super-phosphate and mixing well in a bucket.
2. Make sure there are drainage holes in the pot and cover with a layer of stones.
3. Fill the pot ¾ of the way up with the soil and begin planting. The star-of-the-show, Pennisitum ‘Fireworks’ is planted in the centre, with the three lower-growing Lobularia spaced in a triangle around the grass. The Echiverias are then used to fill the gaps. Fill in with the soil mix as you go along.
4. Press the plants down in the pot and water well.
5. Feed every two weeks with a liquid fertiliser.

The Gardener