Pink winter container

Colourful winter container display

We show you how to plant up a colourful container with plants for winter interest.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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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 at its best in April

Plant is 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 To do in January

Do To do in February

Do 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 not To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

This attractive display makes the most of a brightly coloured container to catch the eye. 

Being plastic, it’s good value but also really works when colour is thin on the ground elsewhere in the garden. The purple violas complement the pot, while the acid-green acorus grass at the back adds a contemporary contrast.

The trailing rosemary softens the whole display and also provides fresh pickings for the kitchen. Want to grow more herbs? Try planting this culinary herbs container display

For more container display ideas, take a look at our container gardening section.

Discover how to create this colourful winter container display, below. 

This fun display makes the most of a brightly coloured container to catch the eye. 

You will need

  • 1 x colourful plastic pot or container
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser
  • 1 x Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’
  • 1 x trailing rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus Group)
  • 4 x purple violas
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Step 1

Half-fill the pot with multi-purpose compost and mix in a measure of slow-release fertiliser. 

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Step 2

Plant the rosemary and acorus, then the vioas with their blooms facing outwards. Fill gaps with compost. 

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Step 3

Water well to settle the compost around the plants. Deadhead the violas to keep the blooms coming.

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