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Plants for winter colour


by Pippa Greenwood

I really love potting up plants, especially in late-autumn and winter when any dash of colour is welcome in the garden.


Winter cyclamen planted in a containerWe’ve finished clearing out all the summer containers and started replanting them with winter bedding. I really love potting up plants, especially in late-autumn and winter when any dash of colour is welcome in the garden.

A trip to our local market yielded some pleasant surprises. We bought some beautiful and inexpensive cyclamen, which came in a variety of colours, including rich velvety red, pure white and a lovely flamingo pink. My children demanded that we bought a variegated orange-fruiting winter cherry, a mini skimmia and some beautiful silver-leafed cinneraria. A trip to the garden centre added to the loot with winter flowering pansies, some small variegated ivies and a job lot of spring bulbs.

I don’t really like winter cherries, worse still when variegated, but I have to admit it looks rather smart where it stands in a sheltered spot by the back door. The cyclamen are in pots close to the house, my favourite is a large blue glazed pot crammed with three red cyclamen, a stately pink heather and a smattering of silvery cineraria. And of course, hidden beneath the compost in each container is a plentiful supply of Iris reticulate, Tete a Tete narcissus and crocus, waiting to cheer things up in the early spring!



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Gardeners' World Web User 01/11/2008 at 18:47

Hi Pippa I planted winter cyclamen last year in a woodland garden will they come back for this winter? or should they be showing now anyway?

Gardeners' World Web User 01/11/2008 at 19:11

I have been offered unlimited supplies of used coffee grounds from a local coffee shop which I am told are good for the garden however I am not too sure that all plants and vegetables will enjoy it. Can anyone help with advice.

Gardeners' World Web User 02/11/2008 at 19:08

Hi Pippa When should winter flowering pansies start to bloom? I got some free small plug plants from the magazine a month or so ago, and they are all planted up, but no sign yet of any flowers. Should I feed them to get them going? My neighbours pots and baskets are flowering happily away.

Gardeners' World Web User 03/11/2008 at 19:12

Hey Pippa, help please. I have just bought a lovely DAPHNE bholua 'Jaqueline Postill', a real bargain at twelve pounds. I want to give her a beautiful pot, but can you tell me which compost would keep her happy.

Gardeners' World Web User 03/11/2008 at 22:43

i always find that cyclamen perish in the cold and frost, i keep trying but they don't seem hardy enough

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