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Christmas window box display

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

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?

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
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Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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.

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Kevin Smith says…

Keep the display neat by regularly deadheading the violas. This will encourage more blooms to come, ending up with a final flourish of flowers in the spring. Move the shrubs to the garden when they outgrow the planter.

Kevin Smith