If you're after a quick splash of winter colour, reach for a tray of cheery little pansies.
Coming in at around 50p per plant, especially if you buy multi-packs, you'll have flowers in all but the harshest weather, lasting well into spring with some regular deadheading.
Pack winter containers with just pansies or smaller-flowered violas for instant impact, or tuck their sunny faces among other plants. They brighten up evergreens, complement winter-flowering shrubs and add dabs of colour to winter foliage displays.
We've put together some easy container ideas using pansies and violas in combination with other plants.
Bright and dark
Purple pansies shine out against the dark heuchera leaves. Heucheras produce pretty summer flowers, too, making this a great long-season container.
We used: Purple violas, Heucherella 'Stoplight' and Heuchera 'Obsidian'.
Pretty and pink
Candy-pink heather and rich plum pansies look vibrant in a glazed, green terracotta pot. Add scarlet berries with a skimmia.
We used: Deep-pink heather, Skimmia japonica and maroon pansies.
Cheery violas look great with evergreen herbs. Place in a sunny spot by the door and pick the herbs as you need them.
These bonfire shades warm the chilliest winter's day. The photinia makes a gorgeous year-round shrub for the garden once it outgrows the pot.
Shades of pale
Pastel shades take on an ice-cool elegance against silvery white-variegated foliage. Add snowdrop bulbs for extra early-season loveliness.
We used: Variegated ivy, blue/white violas.
In a sheltered spot, this display will be full of flowers right through autumn, and then take the pansies over.