Patio owners across the UK constantly seek to ensure that their patios are as stunning as possible, with patio pots being packed full of gorgeous flowers, regardless of the seasons – however, one month in particular sees an abundance of gardeners struggling to select appropriate flowers for their planters and pots, and this is winter. During the summer these pots see the likes of fuchsia and in autumn gardeners across the UK enjoy the loveliness of chrysanthemums and dahlias – but with winter quickly approaching, many gardeners are left confused, wondering what exactly to plant before the spring approaches.
Ideas for your patio pots this winter
When it comes to plant pots during the winter period, you would be right in thinking the vast majority of plants that can be used are green – such as evergreens; however there are a number of gorgeous winter plants that have brightly-coloured berries – which really can look phenomenal and work to get people in the Christmas spirit.
The first step when designing and creating a winter patio pot is to choose a focal point such as a small evergreen shrub. This will be the base of your design an thereafter will be enhanced and enriched with blasts of colour etc.
Here are just a few of the plants that you could consider to liven up your yorkstone paving patio over winter:
- Skimmias present a fabulous option because they keep their berries all winter long. Not only are these plants compact and neat, allowing for minimal maintenance but the aroma in which they give off is also delightful.
- Dogwood is another popular choice; thanks to its vivid stems that make any display stand out for all of the right reasons. Available in both a wonderful yellow and flaming red, this plant allows for a range of looks to be created.
- Another fabulous option is sweet box or sarcococca which has tiny, little lace flowers, creating a gorgeous wintery feel that also smells amazing right through to March. The smell of these plants alone is enough to lift ones spirits.
If you decide to follow this advice and create the most visually stunning planters for winter, you will be happy to know that whatever you don’t use doesn’t have to be wasted either. You can simply use any leftover plants to make a beautiful wreath for your door!