This week we’ve put together a stunning planter designed with winter in mind.

We’re going for a combination of bright colours in our planter – perfect for injecting much needed colour into your garden as it fades in time for a long winter rest.

What you’ll need

  • Planter
  • Peat-free compost
  • Trowel
  • Gloves
  • Stones or broken pots
  • Plants
  • Fertiliser

Plug Plants

  • Cyclamen
  • Winter flowering pansies
  • English Ivy

Prepare your Plug Plants

Our planter is characterised by lovely ivy weeping over the edges all the way around. It’s best to grow ivy in a container so it can’t run rampant everywhere – doing so is a good way to keep control of its spread. There are lots of varieties but we’ve gone for the traditional (and slightly, dare we say, Christmassy – are we allowed to mention that yet?!) English Ivy.

Next comes the winter flowering pansy. These lovely little flowers with their adorable lion-like faces are so cheerful it’s hard not to like them. They grow to a height of around 20cm so should take up the central portion of your container. We like a mixed assortment for a real splash of colour.

Finally, cyclamen. Cyclamen is fully hardy and comes in a variety of colours in the pink to red spectrum. Cyclamen really is a treat at the time of year when very little else is flowering. These should grow to a height of around 10cm.

Preparation

Choose from our brilliant planters, like our ready to paint square planter. Made of high quality materials, they’re long lasting, suitable for all weather, and can be painted any colour you like. They come with pre-drilled drainage holes and a liner so they take all the hard work out of gardening. You might prefer one of our alternative planters – this planting guide will suit anything.

Fill the bottom of your planter with large gravel or a layer of broken pots to assist drainage. Any kind of container gardening needs to work hard to ensure plants don’t become water-logged. Next, fill your planter about two-thirds up with a good quality, peat-free compost mixed in with a good handful of perlite to aid drainage even more. Now is a good time to either water your plug plant trays, or stand them in a small amount of water just to loosen up the existing compost and make transferring them a little easier.

Plants

Carefully extract your plants from their containers and plan your design and distances – don’t dig them in at this point. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use the end of your trowel to poke a hole in your compost and perlite mix deep enough to cover the roots of your plug. Carefully place each plant in the right hole and firm the compost to make sure the roots are covered but not too much of the stem. Once you’ve finished your planting, give everything a good water and finish off with a spot of liquid fertiliser to ensure your blooms last well through winter and into spring.

 

Why not give this a go this weekend?