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Christmas window box display

You will need

  • Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
  • Photinia x fraseri 'Pink Marble'
  • Viola 'Antique Surprise' x5
  • Ivy, Hedera helix x2
  • Large window box
  • Crocks or chunks of polystyrene
  • Multi-purpose compost


This striking window box display will look fantastic from autumn through to spring, making it the perfect focal point at Christmas. The flower buds of the skimmia will gradually darken, while the cool conditions will keep the violas blooming over a long period. Why not add to the display with a few outdoor Christmas lights in December?

Plant it: September - October
At its best: February - March
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Adding polystyrene


This is a heavy container, so position it where you want it before planting it up. Place polystyrene chunks or crocks in the base of the window box to aid drainage.

Adding compost


Fill the window box two-thirds with multi-purpose compost.

Planting up the pot


Plant up the window box, placing the taller plants at the back. Plant the ivies at the front of the box, ensuring they trail over the sides. Water the box thoroughly and allow to drain.

Our tip

If you plan to keep the plants in the container for longer than six months, use a slow-release granular feed to nourish them.

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