Winter containers

I've been staring at an empty terracotta planter all Summer, meaning to fill it, but have never got 'round to it.  Now it's mid-August, I'm wondering a) whether it's best to leave it empty over the Winter (as I have no space to bring it inside) and b) if it is worthwhile to fill it, what to plant.

Any suggestions/advice would be gratefully accepted!



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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    In a few weeks time spring bulbs will appear in the shops-you could plant it up with different varieties for colour next year

    Or violas or wallflowers-also for next year

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,575

    Last September I planted up a terracotta container with some dark purplish-red hyacinths, some pinkish Wanda primroses, a lighter pink hardy cyclamen and a light green miniature conifer about 12" tall.  There was something to look at all through the winter and in the spring when the hyacinths bloomed the perfume was gorgeous.

    I shall do the same this year, I've saved the hyacinths and the conifer - the cyclamen perished and the primroses got planted in a border, so I'll get some more of those. 

    Another very successful tub was planted with Panolas (a cross between pansies and violas)  they flowered their socks off all winter and were really quite cheap from Notcutts - several different colours available.

    I also put a dozen Snow Bunting white crocuses in a smallish terracotta urn - planting them in layers - the flowers only lasted a couple of weeks, but when they were out, in the early spring when there was nothing much else about, they were an absolute picture.

    Pink tulips with an underplanting of blue grape hyacinths or scilla is also a favourite - lovely by the front door in spring.

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  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,540
    Skimmia, flowers and berries as well as shiny dark green leaves?
  • Lucy3Lucy3 Posts: 92

    Ooooh Noobgardener - thanks for puting this on, was wandering the same and now I also have some ideas - thank you everyone image

  • Thanks for your suggestions ... I especially like dovefromabove's pot with the conifer.  The only thing I wouldn't be sure of is how well the conifer would stand up to a pretty windy location?  My garden faces the prevailing wind and it can howl in the wintertime!  How can I also protect it against slugs?  I understand that you can't get nematodes until early next year!

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  • cloud8cloud8 Posts: 101

    I've been thinking about getting a holly in a pot to make the front garden look Christmassy.  Apparently JC van Tol is self fertile so there may even be Christmassy berries.

    Depending on how big your planter is I suppose you could put a couple of bricks in the bottom if its standing on paving, or maybe some sort of pole throught the drainage hole into the ground to anchor it if its over a flower bed.

  • Thanks everyone for your input ... I'm off to the garden centre first chance I get!

  • Lucy3Lucy3 Posts: 92
    Me too!! Thanks everyone x
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