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Colour in the Winter Garden

At this time of the year in January/February the garden always looks a bit sad and bedraggled. The snowdrops and the crocuses are flowering and the daffodils have broken through the surface giving us some hope that Spring is on it’s way.

With a small garden we have a lot of container pots, and this, as it happens, allows us to rearrange the pots every so often. When certain plants pass their optimum we can either put them to the back, to one side, or remove them.

The shape and colour of leaves, grasses and bamboos have always fascinated me and that reflects the type of plants in our garden. The Phormiums and Cordylines (see Cordyline Pink Passion above) provide a welcome dash of colour in the winter months and different shapes and coloured pots also help lift the overall visual aspect of the garden.

The only problem with bamboos in container pots is that they become pot bound after a while and need to be lifted and divided. This creates more bamboo plants for more pots. Bamboos are invasive or clump forming so you have to be careful if you plant them in the garden.

We have a couple of small beech trees in pots that provide some height to break up the view of the bland wooden fence in the Spring and Summer, and in the Autumn and Winter with their brown leaves.

Some privet shrubs provide some more welcome greenery amongst the other container pots, and grasses provide another interesting touch.

We collect rounded stones from the garden and use them to retain moisture in some of the larger pots. This also creates another interesting variation amongst the plants.

You can buy different types and colours of stone mulch to add another point of interest. An old ceramic cider flagon fills a space between two of the taller pots, creating another appealing feature.

If you need any help with your garden please feel free to contact me, Forbes Stephenson on 0777 5500 355 or forbessteph@btinternet.com

Happy gardening!


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