Top tips for a simple winter pot

Garden owner, Janine Stone, who opens her garden at Manor Lodge in Hampshire, with her husband Gary, shares some tips on how to create winter colour in pots for the garden this year.

Top pot tips:

Consider the size of pot and where you want to place it.

It’s best to avoid placing a pot where it can get waterlogged, pot feet or wood can be used to create an air gap.

Consider the colour of the pot when choosing plants so that you create a complementary colour palette.

Look for flower and foliage interest, bulbs will extend the flowering interest and can be layered in larger arrangements. Snowdrops flower Jan -Mar, Narcissus Feb – April, Tulips  Mar – May and Hyacinths April – May.

What you need for a simple pot for winter interest:

Multipurpose, peat free compost.

1 pack miniature daffodil bulbs (about 8)

1 winter ornamental cabbage

1 mixed heather

1 miniature cyclamen cyclamen


How to create your pot:

If using an old pot, brush clean and rinse, consider using a cleaning fluid.

Fill the bottom of the pot with crocks / broken pot fragments.

Add compost to the depth your bulbs require and place them so that they will grow between the plants you are using.

Keep it watered but don’t over water!

Use slow release fertiliser in the compost or feed with watering as per product instructions.


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