Why give up on your balcony in winter? A wide range of plants are frost-resistant and even allow you to add color to your winter planters.
This solid sheet explains you step by step how to compose a winter gardener.
1. Choose colorful plants in winter
The primary challenge is to introduce, in full winter, color in the composition of a gardener. To do this, use:
- Plants that bloom in winter: hellebores, heather, winter jasmine, cyclamen, thoughts.
- The Plants with berries in winter: skimmia (bright red berries), gaulthéria (pink-red berries), pemettya mucronata (pink berries) …
- Plants with red or purple foliage: Palace Purple heuchera, purple pittosporum, Scarletta leucothoe, officinal sage (red leaf in winter) …
To highlight the plants above, create contrasts of shapes, colors, and textures, to expand your planter and give it an exciting relief, you can introduce other plants selected from:
- Dwarf Conifers.
- Evergreen plants: thyme, rosemary, boxwood, as well as falling ivy, which gives a special grace to your planters.
- Silver gray foliage plants: Santolina, wormwood Powis Castle, Silver Carpet bear ear, woolly helichrysum …
- Grasses: blue fescue, bronze sedge …
2. Try to arrange the plants in the planter
- Arrange the plants still in their container in the empty planter.
- Move them until you get the composition that seems the most harmonious.
- Locate the location of each plant, possibly making a diagram.
3. Prepare the substrate of the planter
- Start by placing a layer of clay balls a few centimeters thick at the bottom of your planter.
- Then pour in the gardener a potting soil of good quality (potting soil).
- Fill the planter with only two-thirds of the soil.
4. Plant the plants
- Take a plant still in its plastic container and place it in its final location in the planter. Rotate the container on itself to dig a hole in the loose soil.
- Repeat with the different containers.
- Carefully remove each plant from its container, if necessary untangle its roots a little and place it in the corresponding hole.
- Tamp the soil well with your fingers around each plant and water immediately.
Examples of winter planters
Here are two examples of winter planters to deal with plants easy to find at florists. In these examples, the number of feet is calculated for planters of 50 cm.
This first example is particularly suitable for the December-January period. You will realize this gardener with:
- dwarf spruce;
- a skimmia with red berries;
- two feet of white hellebores;
- a foot of ivy drooping.
See according to the size of your plants how to best place them in the planter. Our suggestion:
- The dwarf spruce in the background, slightly off center to the left about the middle of the planter.
- Skimmia left and slightly ahead of the spruce.
- The two feet of hellebores to the right of the spruce, on the same line.
- Ivy in front of the two hellebores.
This second example is particularly suitable around February-March when an irresistible desire for spring colors begins to be felt. You will realize this gardener with:
- three feet of bright pink cyclamen;
- a well round Santolina foot;
- a foot of green ivy drooping.
Arrange the plants as follows:
- the Santolina decentered to the right about the middle of the planter;
- ivy to the right of the Santolina;
- the three feet of cyclamen staggered to the left of the Santolina.
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