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Skimmia, heuchera and cyclamen 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 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 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 To do in November

Do To do in December

In this striking winter display we’ve combined the rich colours of Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade’ with pink cyclamen and black ophiopogon, with the skimmia as a central focal point. For an extra splash of colour in late winter and spring, why not include a few snowdrop, daffodil or tulip bulbs when planting up?

You will need

  • Skimmia japonica ‘Fragrans’
  • Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade’
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’
  • Pink cyclamen
  • Large pot
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Crocks
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Step 1

Place a layer of crocks at the bottom of the pot, then fill three-quarters fill with compost. Plant the skimmia in the centre of the container, to the same depth in the new compost as it was in its previous pot. Position the heuchera plants around it, on either side.

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Step 2

Fill in gaps at the edge of the pot with the ophiopogon and cyclamen plants.

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Step 3

Fill around the plants with compost, to within 5cm of the rim, firming around the plants with your fingers to squeeze out any air pockets. Water the container thoroughly and allow to drain before moving it to its final position.

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Both the skimmia and the heuchera will be happy planted out into a shady spot in the garden in spring.