Sweet flag, heather, cyclamen and podocarpus
This container display combines a palette of wintry hues, set off by the vintage crate. Place it on a doorstep or patio table to enjoy the cyclamen and heather up close. Before planting, line the crate with an old compost bag, then punch drainage holes in the base. Place the conifer centrally, then split a pot of acorus and dot small clumps among the other plants. Tended over summer, this display will last a second winter, alternatively the plants can be moved into a border in spring. Trim the heather after flowering and the conifer as necessary.
Star plant: Podocarpus nivalis ‘Kilworth Cream’. The pale, yew-like needles are especially bright in winter. Spring growth is pinkish. It’s slow growing but can be trimmed and does best in full sun. Height x spread 50cm x 50cm (after 10 years)