Blue is the colour

Gardeners' World - - Bulbs In Pots -

Tak­ing a lead from the pan­sies, the steely blue blades of the fes­cue har­monises with the icy helle­bore leaves to cre­ate the core of the dis­play from Oc­to­ber to Fe­bru­ary. In March and early April, the del­i­cate spikes of grape hy­acinth make their ap­pear­ance, just as the helle­bore comes into bloom to keep the pan­sies com­pany well into May. The whole dis­play is lifted and con­trasted by the lemon-glazed ter­ra­cotta pot, which picks out the cen­tre of the pan­sies. This pot is ideal in full sun or part shade.

Once the show is over

Pinch back the pan­sies and plant them in a partly shaded bor­der, where they’ll pro­duce a sum­mer flush of flow­ers. Use the grass with sum­mer bed­ding plants to pro­vide fo­liage con­trast. Plant out the helle­bores in a partly shaded po­si­tion, where they can grow into large plants to bloom in the fu­ture. Move the grape hy­acinths into a sunny or part-shaded bor­der – but take care as they can be­come in­va­sive.

A brightly coloured pot is a sim­ple way to add in­ter­est to a win­ter dis­play

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