Planting winter bedding is one of the best ways to fill your garden with colour throughout the winter months. These tough little beauties are perfect for brightening beds, borders, pots and window boxes. And best of all, planting winter bedding is really easy to do.
Pansies and violas can flower from autumn through to spring in mild winters, and they come in a fantastic range of colours. Pansies have big, bold flowers for a real splash of colour, though they’ll tend to die back when the weather is very cold. Violas are smaller and more delicate-looking, but flower longer in cold winters. Our 9cm pansy pots are only 79p each! You have the option to buy a tray of 18 for £9.99 or our 6 pack of Pansy and Viola pots are just £3.49 a pack!
For flowers in the middle of winter, you can’t beat cyclamens, making a spectacular display with their gorgeous sculpted flowers and silver-marbled leaves. Our Cyclamen are only £2.99 each or you can help yourself to one of our ready-made troughs, potted up by Katie in our shrub area for £12.99!
Primroses used to be considered a spring flower, but many now start flowering in late winter. Choose the classic soft yellow or go for some of the new vibrantly coloured varieties for just £1.29!
If you’re planting winter bedding in pots, good drainage is the key to success, especially in winter. Make sure the pot has good drainage holes and put a layer of crocks (bits of broken pots) in the bottom to keep the holes clear. If you don’t have any spare broken pottery, large pebbles or even old plastic plant pots on their sides will work as well. Putting pots up on pot feet also helps them drain better, and means your plants aren’t sitting with their roots in cold wet soil.
Most winter bedding needs very little care, although it’s worth deadheading pansies to keep them flowering for longer. Protect cyclamens by putting them in a sheltered spot or covering them with fleece in icy weather.
Visit our garden centre for all the plants and ideas you need to create your own wonderful winter displays!