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This rich display has plum tones, which will bring comfort and warmth to a cold winter day. It's easy to plant up and will require no additional effort. For an extra splash of colour in late winter and spring, include a few snowdrop or dwarf narcissi bulbs when planting up. Sep...
.December - Januarywinteran hourSnowdrop, Galanthus elwesii 10cm pot x3Ophiopogon nigrescens x2Convolvulus cneorumPeat free, multi-purpose compost25cm terracotta potMetallic silver paintPolystyrene or crocksCover your garden table with newspaper and spray a clean pot
scrambling through the daisy-like plant fleabane, which will flower all summer.March - April July - September40 minutesAlpine strawberry plants x3Mexican fleabane, Erigeron karvinskianus x2Large wall potMulti-purpose compostCrocksFix the pot securely
violets; they'll bloom all spring in sun or shade and any type of soil.March - AprilApril - May20 minutesHosta, e.g. Hosta 'Royal Golden Jubilee'Male fern, Dryopteris filix-masJapanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'Violet, such as 'Freckles
minutesAubretia 'Hamburger Stadtpark', 7cm pot x1Armeria juniperifolia 'Alba', 7cm pot x1Phlox douglasii 'Red Admiral', 7cm pot x1Saxifraga 'Gleborg', 7cm pot x1Sempervivum, 7cm pot x1Terracotta: 40cm glazed half pot x1, 10cm pots x2, section land drain x1
February - April20 minutes3 drumstick primulas, Primula denticulata3 hybrid primrosesA wide, shallow bowlMulti-purpose compostCrocksPut a layer of crocks in the bottom of the bowl, then half-fill it with compost.Knock the plants out of their pots and arrange them
'Helichrysum petiolare x2Parrot's beak, Lotus berthelotii x2Large, deep pot Multi-purpose compost, crocksCover the bottom of the container with crocks, then half-fill it with compost. Carefully ease the plants out of their pots.Make the blue potato bush the centrepiece
scandens x1 (seeds or one pot-ready plant)Verbena x3 pot-ready plantsLysimachia nummularia 'Aurea Goldilocks' x6 pot-ready plants40cm potPlant support loopJohn Innes No.3 compostMulti-purpose compostPlant up pots in position as they'll be heavy to move
The silver and dark-green ivory thistles provide the backdrop for this planting scheme, while the pheasant's tail grass adds soft texture. Scattered amongst the display are Sisyrinchium striatum plants, with striped leaves that are accompanied by yellow flowers in summer. The day...
Stand out from the summer crowd with this luxurious, rich and velvety container display. Pack a wide terracotta bowl with deep red Regal pelargoniums and earthy pink and orange flowers to stunning effect. Keep deadheading the flowers and they will reward you with continuous colou...