Winter is often viewed as bit of an off-season for gardening, with little to do but wait until spring. However, some of the best plants for winter containers look beautiful at this time of year.
If you're looking to make your container bee-friendly, then you could choose plants that are known to contain good amounts of nectar for bees, like crocus, hellebores and snowdrops. Sitting in a frost pocket? Try growing robust plants like Hakonechloa macra, Hylotelephium spectabile and Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'.
For more botanical things to keep you busy in winter, check out these seven projects for a winter greenhouse.
Take a look at some of our favourite winter plants for pots and containers, below.
Winter-flowering pansies with yellow, maroon, white or purple 'faces' will keep flowering except in the very worst weather. But they will recover and then continue until June.
Miniature cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) are neat, very free-flowering and nearly hardy plants. Normally sold for indoors so needs a mild sheltered spot or use temporarily.