Skimmia, heuchera and cyclamen pot display

Do it:

Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

In this striking winter display we've combined the rich colours of Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' with pink cyclamen and black ophiopogon, with the skimmia as a central focal point. For an extra splash of colour in late winter and spring, why not include a few snowdrop, daffodil or tulip bulbs when planting up?

You will need

  • Skimmia japonica 'Fragrans'
  • Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
  • Pink cyclamen
  • Large pot
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Crocks


Place a layer of crocks at the bottom of the pot, then fill three-quarters fill with compost. Plant the skimmia in the centre of the container, to the same depth in the new compost as it was in its previous pot. Position the heuchera plants around it, on either side.

Fill in gaps at the edge of the pot with the ophiopogon and cyclamen plants.

Fill around the plants with compost, to within 5cm of the rim, firming around the plants with your fingers to squeeze out any air pockets. Water the container thoroughly and allow to drain before moving it to its final position.


Both the skimmia and the heuchera will be happy planted out into a shady spot in the garden in spring.

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