Pretty in pink

Gardeners' World - - Bulbs In Pots -

Vi­brant colours are wel­come through­out win­ter and spring, and the var­ie­ga­tion on the heucherella’s leaves are the in­spi­ra­tion for this pretty scheme. Give it a po­si­tion in full sun, and the win­ter daisies’ cheer­ful blooms and the gaulthe­ria’s glis­ten­ing berries will pro­vide in­ter­est from Oc­to­ber to March. Then the pink chion­o­doxa and tulips erupt to pro­vide the dis­play’s cli­max in late March and April. The faux-lead, fi­bre-clay con­tainer is frost proof and long last­ing, it’s dark colour com­ple­ment­ing the bright ta­pes­try above.

Once the show is over

Plant the heucherella at the front of a partly shaded bor­der. Pot up the gaulthe­ria in some er­i­ca­ceous com­post. You can also plant it out in the gar­den, but first test your soil to check that it is neu­tral-to-acid. Com­post the daisies as the flower colour and size will de­te­ri­o­rate in their sec­ond sea­son. Lift and re­plant the bulbs in a sunny part of the gar­den.

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