...or try these BRIGHT IDEAS
ERICA & EUPHORBIA
This grouping of Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Edge’, Erica darleyensis ‘Darley Dale’ and Galanthus nivalis works a treat in its large silver-grey tub. Glossy, dark green ivy trails between, helping to ‘mingle’ the plants and hide any awkward gaps. All four will manage in a part-shady spot.
A collection of identical winter violas makes a dramatic display. Show them off in vintage terracotta pots on shelves (or an old step ladder) painted in a suitable contrasting colour. These floriferous plants are much cheaper and easier to care for than named auriculas or snowdrops, but do keep deadheading them to prolong flowering.
CYCLAMEN & SKIMMIA
This pretty partnership brings together the vibrant red flowers of Cyclamen persicum and red-pink buds of Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’. Trailing evergreen ivy helps to echo the marbled cyclamen leaves, tumbling over the edges of the glazed green pot. This container display is best in a sheltered spot.
CAREX & CROCUS
Nosing up through a leafy haze of gold-andgreen Japanese sedge, Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’, these white crocuses have a demure charm. Shown here is Dutch crocus ‘Jeanne D’Arc’. This eyecatching duo looks good for at least eight weeks before the crocus start to flop.