When the sun shines on a February day, you can almost imagine Spring is in the air. I like to add a little bit of colour to my structural plants in pots to lift the spirits until the bulbs do their thing.
Here soft pastel shades of pinks and mauves look good in the gentle light – easy on the eye and pretty. Plants include sweet smelling lilac Erysimum, yet to flower, Ranunculus and Saxifraga arendsii.
Yellow and green are the classic colours of Spring – the obvious primroses and early daffodils are a welcome splash of brightness. I use lots of old containers, as well as the standard pots – things like baskets, old feeding troughs – just make sure they have drainage holes.
or let the pot provide the colour – here, white Bellis reside in a lime-green pot, toning with the light green foliage.
I always keep some evergreen and structural plants in pots to bulk up the display.
As well as winter scented shrubs .. something to draw you outside to sip your coffee
Cyclamen have been busy flowering throughout the winter, the foliage almost better than the flower colour.
It helps drainage in wet winters I think to lift some of your pots onto tables or chairs, and all the better to view them.
Take the tones of your permanent plants to choose the colour of the flowering plants. Here the silvery tones of Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’ look good against the white of the bellis.
Whereas the reddish tones of Euphorbia amygdaloides are here picked up by the orange of the ranunculus, which do well in mild winters, their vivid colours and crepe-paper type flowers are great in small doses. They make long-lasting cut flowers too.
Hope I’ve provided a little inspiration. If you have a large terrace, it helps to make mass groupings of similar colours along with evergreens for greatest impact.
These pots will see you through until the gardens return to life. I hope that’s quite soon for you.
Thank you for this good advice–I shall look at my pots in a grey wet Brussels tomorrow
Thanks Christopher – hope you can pack a little colour into your Belgian day!
Ahhh so lovely, thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you, managed to get into the garden for a few hours today .. before more wind and rain.
How exquisite! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your garden.
Thank you. I’m pleased you liked it.
Thankyou ! A quick burst of gorgeous spring colour is just what I needed ! I have just treated myself to Iris Histrioides ‘Harmony’ today, and it is full of the promise of spring!
Pleasure – glad you enjoyed it!
Love Iris Histriodes – such an intense blue – have a few making an appearance in the (rare) sunshine today!
Your potted flowers are beautiful. Do you have a greenhouse, or is it that warm where you are?
We have very mild winters (usually) in Dublin, rarely frost. We are warmed by the Gulf Stream, we’re on the coast and protected from the worst of the weather from the west by the mountains behind us. An awful lot of rain though this winter!