Potted plants for winter?

Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 143

Has anyone any ideas what I could plant in pots for some winter interest. 

Im thinking some cyclamen, crocus for early spring, followed by tulips later. Are there any nice colours that I could get by planting out anything else, although I know options are limited in winter. 



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,739

    The winter pansies or the smaller violas are easy to find and give colour all winter Jesse. They're very happy in pots. You can use small evergreens like Hebes - the rounded, 'ball' types like Green Globe are particularly good - and also evergreen grasses like Carex Evergold,  which you could group together to give a larger display. Heucheras/Heucherellas are good foliage plants and there are lots of colours from bright greens and golds to  dark purples - many of them have contrasting veining. They'll grow happily in containers and most of these are happy in shade - even the Hebes will be fine over winter but will appreciate being moved into some sun in spring and summer.

    Hope that gives you a couple of ideas  image

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  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 143

    That's brilliant, there's more than enough to get me planning there. Thanks so much image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I was wondering the same as I need to redo mine, thanks for asking Jesse and for the reply   FG, I have a Heucherlla I bought in offer the other week that has no home so that will be going in and I'm going to get some Cyclamen.....they seem quite expensive at the moment though?

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    That Euphorbia sounds nice Verdun, might look that up and Phormiums, thanks image

    Not a fan of heathers though I'm afraid.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,739

    Always have some Phormiums for pots - can't think why I didn't mention those Verd -  I love them as you know. I have Cream Delight which was a present and it's particularly attractive - nice smallish mound - lovely in a really strong statement type pot. I can put a pic on  for you if you like Jesse.

    I've never done Euphorbias in pots but they are always interesting as a foil for flowers.

    OL - the diy stores often have little packs of 4 or 6  around this time of year - I'm sure GCs and nurseries will as well. I usually buy them that way. image

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  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Thanks FG, I will have a look and definitely getting a Phormium (or two).

    Cyclamens always make me feel christmassy image (Oops sorry...I'm not allowed to say that)

    Ive just had another thought, not grown them before but this year I am getting some. Hyacinths Jesse, the smell is amazing and I think they will be lovely in early spring image

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,221

    Ornamental cabbages. Some people hate the look of them, but I find them attractive, and they change colour with the frosts.

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  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    This is an interesting thread, thanks for starting it. I too was wondering what I could do to make use of all the pots I filled with annuals this year, seems like there is lots of choice.

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