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In this pot design, the graceful astelia and black ophiopogon add structure, while a small-flowered blue pansy or viola unites the blue pot and the plants.September - NovemberOctober - March30 minutesOphiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' x2Astelia
. Line the front with trailing ivy plants, as a foil for the flowers rising above it.AdamRemove the pansy flowers as they fade, which will encourage the plants to produce more blooms, instead of diverting energy into making seeds.More advice on growing
This colourful display of bronze-coloured foliage, orange flowers and the red berries of the skimmia will warm up any cold or dull winter's day. You can vary the colours with other varieties of phormium, heuchera and pansy if you prefer, but all
and ornamental cabbage.Growing pansies for winter colour.
- OctoberMarch20 minutesHair grass (Deschampsia)Thyme plants x2Small euonymus plants x2Pansy plants x2Curry plants x2Ivy plants x2Large window boxMulti-purpose compostCrocksPosition the window box where you want it, place a layer of crocks at the bottom