Eunymous, bergenia and corokia pot display

Euonymus, bergenia and corokia pot display

Follow our step-by-step guide to planting up a winter display of euonymus, bergenia and corokia.

In winter, many plants that sit quietly in the background for much of the year step out from the shadows to deliver cheering colour when we most need it. In containers, these winter warmers can be given prominent temporary positions near doors or windows where they can be easily enjoyed. This striking winter combination is quick and easy to assemble and, because we’ve chosen reliable shrubs and perennials, is a colourful investment that will continue to bring pleasure for many seasons, whether potted on or planted out.

The evergreens gathered in this pot make a pleasing if understated contribution at any time of year, but the winter cold causes their foliage to dramatically change colour. The bergenia leaves turn a deep red, while the tips of the false cypress take on a burnished bronze hue, and the euonymus’s yellow-variegated foliage develops a reddish-pink flush. The corokia is more consistent in its colouring, but its wiry habit and drought tolerance make it ideal for living in a large container indefinitely.

In winter, many plants that sit quietly in the background for much of the year step out from the shadows to deliver cheering colour when we most need it. In containers, these winter warmers can be given prominent temporary positions near doors or windows where they can be easily enjoyed. This striking winter combination is quick and easy to assemble and, because we’ve chosen reliable shrubs and perennials, is a colourful investment that will continue to bring pleasure for many seasons, whether potted on or planted out.

The evergreens gathered in this pot make a pleasing if understated contribution at any time of year, but the winter cold causes their foliage to dramatically change colour. The bergenia leaves turn a deep red, while the tips of the false cypress take on a burnished bronze hue, and the euonymus’s yellow-variegated foliage develops a reddish-pink flush. The corokia is more consistent in its colouring, but its wiry habit and drought tolerance make it ideal for living in a large container indefinitely.

Pot and plants combined emanate a warmth that is intensified on brilliant sunny winter days, and they should glow for weeks. For best results site this brilliantly-coloured gathering where they get as much sun and winter warmth as possible. They’ll be especially effective set against red brick or other evergreens.

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You Will Need

  • Euonymus fortunei
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gitte'
  • Corokia x virgata ‘Sunsplash’
  • Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby’
  • 44cm square tub
  • 1:1 mix of peat-free, multi- purpose compost and loam-based compost

Step 1

Half fill the pot with compost. Ensure the holes in the bottom are sufficient to allow excess water to drain away.

Eunymous, bergenia and corokia pot display - adding compost
Eunymus, bergenia and corokia pot display – adding compost

 

Step 2

Still in their plastic pots, position the plants to check how they will fit. Once happy, carefully tap the largest plant from its pot and pop in place.

Eunymous, bergenia and corokia pot display - planting the shrubs
Eunymous, bergenia and corokia pot display – planting the shrubs

 

Step 3

Plant fairly densely for instant effect. Use short and trailing plants towards the rim and fill in with more
compost, firming gently.

Eunymous, bergenia and corokia pot display - planting the smaller plants
Eunymous, bergenia and corokia pot display – planting the smaller plants

Step 4

Water well to settle compost around the roots. Although pots require less water in winter, they may still dry out, so check them a couple of times a week.

Eunymous, bergenia and corokia pot display - watering the display
Eunymus, bergenia and corokia pot display – watering the display
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In winter, many plants that sit quietly in the background for much of the year step out from the shadows to deliver cheering colour when we most need it. In containers, these winter warmers can be given prominent temporary positions near doors or windows where they can be easily enjoyed. This striking winter combination is quick and easy to assemble and, because we’ve chosen reliable shrubs and perennials, is a colourful investment that will continue to bring pleasure for many seasons, whether potted on or planted out.

The evergreens gathered in this pot make a pleasing if understated contribution at any time of year, but the winter cold causes their foliage to dramatically change colour. The bergenia leaves turn a deep red, while the tips of the false cypress take on a burnished bronze hue, and the euonymus’s yellow-variegated foliage develops a reddish-pink flush. The corokia is more consistent in its colouring, but its wiry habit and drought tolerance make it ideal for living in a large container indefinitely.

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