PLANT AN INDOOR CONTAINER
Create colour in the home for the winter months
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