Improve A Path With Plants

  • House with path of potted plants

The agapanthus at Jecca Blake’s house had started growing across the path to the front door, making access tricky.
Says Jecca, ‘I decided to dig out and divide some of the agapanthus plus pot up a couple of camellias to create a neater entrance.’
Jecca positioned the new pots on leftover pavers to prevent roots growing into the ground.
The agapanthus were lifted out of the ground and divided into smaller clumps then replanted into fresh soil around the potted camellias. For added stability, Jecca spread mortar halfway up the outer edge of each paver at 45° using a steel trowel.

Growing agapanthus

Hardy plants that survive well during extended dry periods, agapanthus flower better with a bit of moisture and more prolifically if they are divided every three or four years.
Says Jecca, ‘They do best in full sun or part-shade in free-draining soil. Cut spent flowerheads for more blooms and to stop seeds spreading.’
TIP Protect them from slugs and snails with bran-based baits.

How to lay the pavers

Choose a paver that is a little larger in size than the pot used for the camellias. For the best visual effect, the paver should have the same finish as the pot or provide a contrast in colour or texture. 

Step 1. Remove the plants

Lift out the agapanthus and cut through the roots with a sharp spade to divide into smaller clumps, making sure roots are attached. Put aside.

Step 2. Add soil

Add fresh soil to the holes left by the agapanthus removal, then remove a layer of soil the same size but half the depth of the pavers and screed to level.

Step 3. Position the paver

Position the paver on a 30mm layer of river sand, compacted and screeded level. Tap the paver with a rubber mallet, checking for level

Step 4. Finish the job

Plant the area with the divided agapanthus, water in well and position a potted camellia on each paver. Use pot feet to assist drainage.

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