It’s not too late to think about some wonderful winter pots for your garden and not too early to think about some festive garden ideas!
Whether you have a balcony, courtyard or large terrace, creative planting really can bring an interesting element to the cold, winter garden. Avoid the pansies and be bold. Evergreen grasses, perennials, ferns and small shrubs can provide great pleasure. Pop in some fresh compost and mix in a little grit to aid drainage through the wetter months. Layer in some bulbs first if you wish.
Placing your Pots
Decide where you will be placing the pots before you fill them, to save your back. Grouping them can look stunning. Place them near the house so you can enjoy them as much as possible. If you have garden lighting, position the pots so they will be illuminated in the dark.
I have layered mine in height, by placing smaller ones on upturned wooden crates and a small bistro table. This gives a fabulous effect of differing heights. If you have outdoor lanterns or ornaments that are not being stored over the winter, dot them in with your pots so you create a dynamic display.
As we near the festive season, collect fir cones and put them around the plants to cover any exposed soil or fill the empty lanterns with them to the brim. Simple outdoor strings of lights would also look lovely adorned across the plants weaved through them to add another dimension.
Small, twiggy branches that have blown down can be grouped into a metal watering can or tall bucket and small baubles hung from them. It’s all about being creative and using what you already have in the garden. By gathering all your treasures together, you really can create a wonderful display.
See ideas on my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lizziejsmith/winter-pots/