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Cyclamen, heather and bulb pot 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 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 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 at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is 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 not To do in September

Do To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Plants don’t grow much over winter, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used to great effect in a pot. Winter containers can be vibrant with buds opening for flowering and bulbs emerging through foliage.

Try using hardy foliage plants, like heucheras and ivy, mixed with flowering pansies, cyclamen, heathers and spring bulbs.

Find out how to plant up a container using all these elements, below.

You will need

Crocks

Multi-purpose compost

Large ceramic pot

Pink cyclamen

Spring-flowering bulbs

Ivy, Hedera helix

Purple-flowered pansies

Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’

Heather, Calluna vulgaris

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Step 1

Ceramic pots keep compost on the dry side, so are ideal for avoiding winter rot. Fill with general-purpose compost.

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Step 2

Use foliage plants as a background to enhance the colours of bright flowering cyclamen, and plant bulbs spaced beneath the leaves.

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Step 3

Place the pot in position, water in well, then sparingly over winter. Deadhead pansies for a long-flowering display.

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