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The hardy winter-flowering varieties of pansy (Viola) are the best bet for winter and spring containers as they're rarely without blooms, even when other plants are shivering in the cold. The flowers look stunning set off against the golden foliage
-growing alpine phloxes are covered in blooms from late-spring to early summer, as is the glossy mat of saxifrage.March - April April - June20 minutesThrift, Armeria maritimaAlpine phlox, Phlox douglasii 'Lilac Cloud'Saxifrage, Saxifraga 'Triumph'Wall container
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
, spicy scent that will perfume your patio on a warm day. October - November or February - MarchMarch - May30 minutes to plant up the containerAzalea plantCampanula plants x3 25cm diameter potCrocksEricaceous compost suitable for acid-loving plantsPut a
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
those instead.Marchspring30 minutesCarex comans, bronze-leaves x1Purple aubretia, 7cm pot x2Narcissus 'Minnow', 9cm pot x230cm terracotta pot x1Peat-free multi-purpose compostPlace pieces of terracotta over holes in the pot's base to allow water to drain
.More spring container displaysCreate a spring display of brunnera, foamflower and dicentra.Save space by layering spring bulbs in a pot.Plant a spring display of daisies and ivy.