Blue is the colour
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