Pots of winter bedding will bring cheer to your garden during the coldest months, and they're easy to create. Look out for trays of pansies, violas, outdoor cyclamen and primroses at the garden centre, and plant them on their own, or combined with evergreens such as skimmia.
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You can space plants more closely that you would in spring or summer, as they won't grow much during winter. They may not flower during very cold weather but will pick up again during milder spells.
Cold, wet compost can cause the roots to rot, so ensure that your pot has drainage holes in the bottom and stand it on pot feet, so that any excess water drains away. Keep the compost moist but not wet.
Follow our easy guide to planting winter bedding in containers.