Pink winter container

Colourful winter container display

We show you how to plant up a colourful container with plants for winter interest.

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:

Feb, Mar, Apr, May

This attractive display makes the most of a brightly coloured container to catch the eye. 

Being plastic, it's good value but also really works when colour is thin on the ground elsewhere in the garden. The purple violas complement the pot, while the acid-green acorus grass at the back adds a contemporary contrast.

The trailing rosemary softens the whole display and also provides fresh pickings for the kitchen. Want to grow more herbs? Try planting this culinary herbs container display

For more container display ideas, take a look at our container gardening section.

Discover how to create this colourful winter container display, below. 

You will need

  • 1 x colourful plastic pot or container
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser
  • 1 x Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'
  • 1 x trailing rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus Group)
  • 4 x purple violas


Half-fill the pot with multi-purpose compost and mix in a measure of slow-release fertiliser. 
Plant the rosemary and acorus, then the vioas with their blooms facing outwards. Fill gaps with compost. 
Water well to settle the compost around the plants. Deadhead the violas to keep the blooms coming.


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