This time of year the garden can look a bit dull but with some thoughtful planning you can create a beautiful outdoor space, even if it’s just a simple update of a container by your front door, I’ll show you how with these three simple ideas.
There are so many lovely shrubs with great colour and shaped foliage that can create interest and texture to your garden all year round and I always add them into every border I design. In this simple border I’ve used bay trees for height at the back of the border, along with cornus with its amazing bright red stems (which are great for Christmas door wreaths), box balls and pittosporum with its silver leaf colour at the front. These plants will need to be clipped to keep the size and shape you require. Add more colour and texture with bulbs – snowdrops and crocus along the front of the border and tulips in the middle of the border for height. Winter bees will thank you for flowering bulbs, although avoid double flowers as they’re difficult for the bees to get to the nectar.
In this faux-lead container I’ve used four plants – festuca (grass), nandina, euphorbia and erica although it would look just as effective if you had three different sized pots and one plant in each pot – anything looks best grouped in odd numbers.
Here are some top-tips for container gardening in the cold months:
- Make an impact – as plants grow much slower in the colder months, it’s best to fill the planter right from the start, so choose larger specimens, or more of them. Add ivy to spill over the sides of the pots, and use winter pansies & violas for instant colour and bulbs for seasonal interest. Remember to dead-head the pansies to encourage more flowers.
- Raise the pots off the ground to aid drainage – don’t over-water or underwater the pots, as the water can freeze and damage the plant roots.
- Choose frost-proof containers. In severe weather protect the plants and pots by placing in your porch and/or wrap bubble wrap around them.
Decorate for Halloween
In this display I’ve used simple terracotta flower pots and filled them with plants that have orange coloured berries and flowers. To add height I’ve place a wooden crate at the back of the display and arranged the plants around it and added in Halloween items such as the black cat and pumpkins. For an instant uplift visit your local garden centre for seasonal plants whatever time of year it is. The plants will look great without the Halloween items and will really brighten up your front doorway to welcome you home. They can be planted in your garden borders once they’ve finished flowering or outgrown their pots.
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