You want to choose a soil that won’t get too waterlogged. Use a good multipurpose compost from your local garden centre.
Suitable plants for winter containers are:
Winter bedding plants: Flowers such as cyclamen, winter flowering pansies, viola and primulas flower during winter months and give some great colour among the dull winter sky.
Evergreen shrubs and ferns: viburnum tinus is great for some winter colour. The little flowers are very resilient in frosts and snow. Mahonia is another great shrub that produces some really bright, glorious flowers against the dark days. Try red buds of Skimmia Rubella, variegated leaves of hebe or dwarf conifers.
Bulbs: Bulbs won’t flower until the spring but are good to plant in your containers to give a bit of late colour varieties like tulips, snowdrops, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths will all give you a great display through spring. Check out one of my favourite bulb planting techniques: layer planting and common spring-flowering bulb FAQs
Herbs: Herbs such as rosemary, mint and parsley are hardy plus sage, lavender enough to survive the cold weather and should still be good to crop. Just make sure you don’t take too much too frequently as although they are likely to survive, are likely to grow very slowly.
Berrying plants: Plants such as pernettya, holly, gauctheria and skimmiawill give great colour in your containers thanks to their fantastic berries
When planting, make sure you plan it properly. You can place the plants around loosely before you plant them to establish the best layout. Try to stick with a large plant as a ‘backbone’ and then using smaller ones around or in front of the large one.
Christmas it up!
You can make your container or pot Christmassy by adding a few embellishments! You can find colourful branches and berries in local garden centres, flower shops and supermarkets. These can be bought in Christmas colours with Christmas themes, or you could make your own using tinsel and decorations. Why not collect some twigs and spray them white, silver, gold or red to add some baubles / tinsel for Christmas cheer.