As you prepare your home for Christmas, consider positioning a colourful pot or two outside your door, or perhaps in a courtyard, to bring a welcome splash of colour.
Making a successful pot display is a lot about creating contrast through using a variety of different leaf colours and textures – not every item in your pot needs to flower to make it interesting, foliage is the true backbone of a good pot display.
Bear in mind that normal spacing rules don’t apply for these types of temporary displays so don’t be afraid to ‘over plant’ to get the best look. Think back to a show garden you may have seen at Malvern or Chelsea – often the planting shown in those gardens would not work as well in ‘real life’ as the proximity and density is too close to be successful long term but doesn’t it look eye catching!
Don’t forget to experiment with different combinations, you might surprise yourself! As you become more experienced with creating pot displays you will most likely form your own list of must haves that you tend to include frequently because they perform so well or add a bit of zing. Some of my personal favourites include heucheras, carex and black mondo grasses and trailing ivy which are all very versatile and evergreen which I then match up with other perennials or bedding plants that are looking good at the time.
Consider using an evergreen perennial such as a Skimmia or a Gold Crest conifer as your main component which you can keep in the pot year after year and simply change the surrounding plants seasonally. This keeps the costs down and means you have the refreshment of an almost new display each season.
This month we have drawn together a selection of ideas using Skimmia’s as the main focal point with colourful bedfellows to finish the look – why not try out your own combination and send us the photo?