QI’d like to keep my hanging baskets going over winter. Can you suggest plants for them, but something other than ivy, pansies and violas please?

Peter

AWinter-flowering pansies are ideal for containers and hanging baskets over the cold months, but they aren’t the only option.

Try hellebore (pictured) – a fantastic plant that flowers in deep winter. It comes in a range of colours, including white, green and reddish petals.

I would also recommend polyanthus, which is a good winter bedding plant. Cyclamen is another good choice.

You can also try winter-flowering heather, which blooms for months on end and is really bright. It comes in pink, purple and white. It’s also a really hardy plant, so it will thrive in containers even in the cold winter weather.

Why not try adding spring bulbs to keep your hanging baskets going in late winter and early spring too? Snowdrops and daffodils are always popular.