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autumn winter pots baskets

Newport, United Kingdom Gb

what can i plant in my basket and wall pots that will survive the winter. mayflower in south wales.



I am putting winter flowering pansies trailing Ivy, mixed primulas some bulbs - dwarf Narcissus & Iris and miniture conifer in mine. Although my baskets and a couple of containers are quite big, I do put a lot in. I tried snowdrops one year but they tend not to flower in the first year so they are in the ground. One year I tried just greenary but I got awfully fed up with them by January. Tip do not use the smallest plugs of pansies

2 Sep, 2009


depending on the size try cyclamen, winter pansies, ivy, bellis daisies,evergreen ferns, dwarf heathers, minature hebes . also plant minature daffs, tulips. and or crocus, snowdrops and any other small bulb you like eg muscari, pushkinia etc.

I have had all these over the years and some i keep coming back to over and over again. cyclamen and violas with iris reticulata under planted.

2 Sep, 2009


Polyanthus and trailing greenery -eg ivy etc and some Tete a Tete daffs plus a tiny wee rockery conifer for height in the hanging baskets all seem to survive whatever our silly climate throws at us! Like the others say - NEVER go for the cheap small plugs plants....false as big as you can afford - they will reward you handsomely

2 Sep, 2009


I like to stick a bronze grass in the middle - carex buchanii looks good all winter. It gives height and colour and texture and halves the number of plugs you need.

2 Sep, 2009


What a great idea, Romneya...sounds good to me....must keep that idea up my sleeve for when I do the baskets....and that will be soon now - where has the year gone...LOL

3 Sep, 2009


Yes Romneya carex idea sounds good.

3 Sep, 2009


I've used little Skimmias, too - especially the new one called 'Magic Marlot' looked great with red pansies and white crocuses. I potted it up and now it's ready to go back in a container again.

I have a Photinia 'Little Red Robin' that I keep from year to year, as well.

Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' looks wonderful as a centre, too - with blue pansies and white Scillas & Iris reticulata.

3 Sep, 2009


The skimmia idea sounds good. Hope to see some pics in this long winter!

3 Sep, 2009


If you have a decent sized pot by your door, why not plant a winter-flowering honeysuckle? They lose their leaves in autumn, then around Jan-Feb they have tiny white and yellow flowers and the scent is just gorgeous! The flowers also provide a bit of nectar for early-foraging bees on fine days so everyone benefits.

4 Sep, 2009

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