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How to create a winter container display

Create a colourful and attractive winter container display for your patio or balcony, with the help of this step-by-step project.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is not 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 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 not To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

Container gardening is a quick and easy way to inject some colour into your plot, particularly if you garden in a small space such as a patio, courtyard or balcony.

Some of the best winter plants for winter containers are those that serve as all-rounders – for example, dogwoods have red or blue berries, colourful foliage in autumn and striking stems in winter, while architectural grasses like carex provide invaluable year-round structure.

Discover how to create a winter container display, below.

Container gardening is a quick and easy way to inject some colour into your plot.

You will need

  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Medium to large pot or container
  • Skimmia
  • Miniature cyclamen
  • Heuchera
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’
  • Spring-flowering bulbs
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Total time:

Step 1

Half fill your pot with compost, breaking up lumps as you go. Add your central, or backbone, plant first, taking care not to damage the roots.

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Step 2

Add the smaller plants next, packing them in tightly. Position the plants so they soften the edges of the pot.

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Step 3

Pop in the final plants and fill any gaps with more compost. Gently push spring-flowering bulbs into any spaces left between plants.

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Step 4

When your container is planted, water it thoroughly but gently to avoid spilling any over the edge of the pot.

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