Go for gold
Sunshine can be in short supply over winter, but the gold conifer, variegated carex and cheerful polyanthus will lift a shady spot, while an underplanting of bright-yellow dwarf daffodils will produce a big splash of colour in March. The basket-weave pattern on the outside of this frost-proof terracotta container provides extra interest. This display will go on for months, right through until May when the polyanthus will still be flowering their socks off.
Once the show is over
Divide the carex into pieces, potting them up singly and growing on for use in future displays. Transplant the conifer into a sunny border, where it will continue to add some much-needed winter colour. Lift, split and plant out the polyanthus at the front of a border to bloom in future seasons, or they can be replanted in pots. Plant the daffodils in borders or in lawns to flower again.