We have been looking at ideas for beautiful autumnal pots to provide us with some colour and perhaps fragrance to lift our spirits through the colder months.
As our summer pots and baskets begin to dwindle we need to pop back to the potting bench and jazz them up with perhaps some evergreens and winter bedding. These are lovely pots to make and great value as the plants are mainlyhardy and can be replanted in the garden in the spring to make way for geraniums or when you feel they are getting too large and tired of the pot. You don't have to replace them next season as they will probably still look lovely. After a few years they will become pot bound and need more root space. Some pots benefit from a top dressing of compost in the spring and the obvious watering and feeding.
Pots as I mentioned earlier are an excellent opportunity to enjoy plants that may not otherwise suvive in the soil in your borders. Plants such as rhododendrons, azalias or pieris.
Small collections of coloured evergreen can look very appealing .Placed in a collection together. They can often make a very dramatic display. I throughly recomend including Daphne odora 'Marginata' and sarcococca because as well as being good evergreens they smell delicious. I want the fragrance to lift me up every time I pass up my front path.
|Silver euphorbia underplanted with evergreen ferns|
Lastly Christmas containers using Olives bays topiary, holly under planted with berried gaulthera, rich red foliage and striking silve are so uplifting through the winter. They make brilliant presents and great alternative Christmas trees when decorated.
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