Hor ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire No. 41: Plant win­ter con­tain­ers

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Pots, bas­kets and mangers can be planted now with dec­o­ra­tive plant com­bi­na­tions to look good all win­ter. Use­ful ev­er­greens in­clude win­ter-flow­er­ing heathers and ivies, which can trail about pleas­antly. Ferns of modest pro­por­tions con­fer a cer­tain Clas­si­cal so­bri­ety. All this has to last for months, so en­sure that form and foliage colour har­monise. A lit­tle more flo­ral ac­tion can be in­tro­duced in early spring by the in­clu­sion of a few snow­drops or a cro­cus such as Blue Pearl, but win­ter plant­ings are es­sen­tially quiet and har­mo­nious, like the plumage of Bri­tish birds. Ex­plo­sions of colour come with spring plant­ings.

SCD

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