Posted: 31/10/2012 at 19:57
How about some Ajuga or Thyme for trailing interest or maybe some grasses such Acorus gramineus to give a bit.of height. There are lots of fairly tough and colourful foliage plants around
I agree with Kate1123 about violas: much better than pansies for coping with ghastly weather and seem to produce more petal surface per plant compared to pansies.
If you are going to put in some bulbs use dwarf late flowering species to perk the basket up if the pansies etc start to look a bit tired (perhaps a dwarf tulip)