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I would like to plant up a steel winter container with pink and purple plants that will be in shade

the container is 30 x 30 x 75cm long.

Any ideas on which plants ?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,017

    Have a look at Gautheria aka Pernyetta.  They are small evergreen shrubs which like shade and have white flowers in late spring/early summer followed by fat berries in autumn and winter which can be anything from pink through crimson to purple.   They'll need an ericaceous compost to do well and more than one in order to cross pollinate and keep on producing berries every year..

    If you google "RHS+gautheria" you will find information about several forms and also suppliers.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,860

    I have some of the prostrate Gaultherias  which would be ideal. The foliage reddens in autumn into winter. Purple Heucheras would be good with them.

    Purple Hellebores for late winter into spring would also be perfect, and you could add some crocus for late winter as well  image

    Hellebore Blue Lady


    Gaultheria - taken last October


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank You,  Obelixx and Fairygirl.

  • Viburnum Dawn is a pink autumn/winter flowering shrub.  It's not evergreen but I'm sure that will just make the flowers more impressive!

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  • thank you all.

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