Posted: 11/08/2012 at 13:13
Last September I planted up a terracotta container with some dark purplish-red hyacinths, some pinkish Wanda primroses, a lighter pink hardy cyclamen and a light green miniature conifer about 12" tall. There was something to look at all through the winter and in the spring when the hyacinths bloomed the perfume was gorgeous.
I shall do the same this year, I've saved the hyacinths and the conifer - the cyclamen perished and the primroses got planted in a border, so I'll get some more of those.
Another very successful tub was planted with Panolas (a cross between pansies and violas) they flowered their socks off all winter and were really quite cheap from Notcutts - several different colours available.
I also put a dozen Snow Bunting white crocuses in a smallish terracotta urn - planting them in layers - the flowers only lasted a couple of weeks, but when they were out, in the early spring when there was nothing much else about, they were an absolute picture.
Pink tulips with an underplanting of blue grape hyacinths or scilla is also a favourite - lovely by the front door in spring.