Cornus, carex and sedum
This zingy, low-maintenance display adds a ray of sunshine all through winter, with swaying grasses and bold uprights. Extend the display into spring by underplanting pansies with dwarf narcissi or other bulbs.
This aged wooden trough has been upcycled and given a new lease of life. It's planted up with a range of perennials and small shrubs providing flowers, scent, seedheads, berries and more. Discover more upcycled container ideas.
Festuca, santolina, gautheria and ivy
Whatever the temperature, these elegant ice maidens make an eye-catching display. Replace the white-berried gaultheria with white hyacinths in spring. Remove berries that go brown to keep it looking good.
Cyclamen, carex and skimmia
These sumptuous carmine cyclamens pop out all the more when planted alongside a the more muted carex and skimmia. A miniature ivy allowed to tumble over helps to soften any hard edges.
We used: Cyclamen 'Mini Gem', Skimmia japonica 'Thereza', Carex oshimensis 'Evergold', miniature ivy.
Kale, sage, rosemary and Chilean guava
The Chilean guava likes acid soil, so keep it in a pot of ericaceous compost and sink into the larger container. Keep these edibles near the kitchen door. Protect the Chilean guava from frost in a sheltered spot, porch or cool greenhouse.
Nandina, heuchera and berberis
This richly coloured display provides a warm welcome on a doorstep. In spring, compost the violas and replant the rest in your borders. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to plant up this container.