Cre­ate colour in the home for the win­ter months

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

IALWAYS like to have a bit of ex­tra colour around the house in win­ter, es­pe­cially once the lights and frip­peries of the fes­tive sea­son have been packed away again.

A con­tainer packed with colour­ful plants is al­ways a win­ner and will keep on giv­ing joy if you use va­ri­eties that can be pot­ted on or even planted out­side after­wards.

For not much more than a large bunch of cut flow­ers, you can cre­ate a pot that will last many times as long and could also be given away as a gift.

For my con­tainer I am mix­ing a small peace lily with a cou­ple of gem-bright cy­cla­men, a grass for tex­ture and con­trast, and a pungent lemon ver­bena that releases a gor­geous scent when you rub its leaves in pass­ing.

In time, when the plants grow, I will re­pot the lily for in­doors and har­den off the out­door plants be­fore adding them to the gar­den.

Dunk plants in wa­ter be­fore plant­ing to loosen any roots that are stick­ing to the sides of the pots. Don’t over­wa­ter your plants, but do feed monthly and dead­head reg­u­larly to en­cour­age longer flow­er­ing.

Dunk­ing plants in wa­ter makes it eas­ier to re­move their pots A win­ter in­door con­tainer bright­ens the house through the darker months

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