Now is the time to plant win­ter bas­ket dis­plays

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Au­tumn is the per­fect time to start cre­at­ing your end of sea­son pots and hang­ing bas­ket dis­plays.

There are many plants in­clud­ing flow­er­ing ones which will pro­vide a flush of colour through­out the cold months of win­ter into next spring.

By plant­ing in au­tumn it means that your plants will have a cou­ple of weeks to grow and es­tab­lish be­fore the cold weather re­ally sets in.

A great choice for begin­ners is win­ter pan­sies. They come in an ar­ray of colours and are very straight for­ward to keep.

The trick with mak­ing sure th­ese plants last though win­ter is to buy them from late Septem­ber on­wards at the ear­li­est oth­er­wise they tend to flower quickly and be­come leggy be­fore win­ter even sets in. Oc­to­ber is the ideal time to pur­chase.

If you’re wor­ried about the space be­tween your plants I would rec­om­mend al­low­ing around one to two inches be­tween each plant.

You will find that they won’t grow as much dur­ing the win­ter months and so plant­ing them closer to­gether is fine.

Next spring you can cut them back if they are look­ing a bit over­grown and they should re­flower again if you’re lucky.

Don’t worry about the type of soil you use ei­ther, a gen­eral multi-pur­pose com­post will do the job.

An­other great win­ter flow­er­ing plant is prim­roses.

Al­though they won’t flower un­til next year, it’s a good idea to plant them now so that when your other plants start to die back they will take their place and pro­vide weeks of end­less flow­er­ing next spring.

You’ll also save money if you buy them now as they are much cheaper due to the fact that they aren’t in flower.

An­other great way of fill­ing up your con­tain­ers and bas­kets is to add mixed shrubs.

You can buy them in trays of about six for £7 to £8 and range from deep pur­ples and reds to glossy greens.

As they will hardly grow dur­ing the win­ter you don’t need to worry about them tak­ing over and come next spring you can plant them back out into the gar­den where they be­long.

It’s a great way of fill­ing up your dis­plays and is also very cost af­fec­tive.

I hope you have found th­ese tips help­ful. If you have any gar­den­ing ques­tions you would like an­swered you can email me: jor­dan1­ and I’ll get back to you as soon as pos­si­ble.

Flower power Even through the win­ter you can en­joy colour­ful flow­ers

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