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Posted by catzmeiow (U1179766) on Saturday, 16th October 2010
What is an alternative to ivy and winter flowering pansies.? I've got really bored with these.
I want colour and interest and would welcome any suggestions
Posted by plumb-bob (U2439403) on Monday, 18th October 2010
Here Here !!!
Posted by grassisgreener (U14569661) on Monday, 18th October 2010
You could try Iris Cyclamen Hellebore Ornamental cabbage lots of bulbs and Bellis daisys Violas and small Conifer trees to name a few.
Posted by mister-grow-it-all (U14591945) on Monday, 18th October 2010
Posted by catzmeiow (U1179766) on Monday, 18th October 2010
Would primroses flower through the winter though. I think cyclamen would soon be over. I wondered about heather and grasses and perhaps a little hebe.
I actually couldn't believe my pansies last year. One window box was under an overflowing gutter and it all froze with a thick layer of ice covering the lot. Eventually the ice melted and the pansies carried on as if nothing had happened.
Posted by grandcottagegardener (U14258183) on Monday, 18th October 2010
It all depends on the actual size of your planters, but you might like to consider planting successional plants so that there is always some colour throughout the winter. Dependant on the size of planter winter flowering jasmine can be grown as a shrub. Mini daffs and crocus, cyclamen, pansy and ivy could also be included. How about a Hellebore?
Grape hyacinth is also a good choice and to ease you into late spring you could also plant small tulips.
Posted by nanpickle (U14258493) on Tuesday, 19th October 2010
I have heathers in my large window box (yes with some ivy in between) underplanted with miniature Spring bulbs. Nan x
Posted by hotsunlover (U5664870) on Saturday, 23rd October 2010
Heuchera, small skimmia, bulbs, hellebore, grasses such as Stipa tenuissima and anything with berries that can be planted out in Spring.
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