Don’t give up on your garden, get potty potting. Here at Preston Bissett Nurseries I have been making containers and baskets that will look colourful throughout the winter and into spring. Autumn containers are one of the best-kept secrets. We need some fresh colour to cheer us up when it’s chilly and a bit grey so get rid of the tired summer bedding plants on the compost heap and plant the pots up for winter, don’t leave them dead and dull.
The great thing about autumn containers, apart from colour, is that all the plants you use are hardy. If you do want to replant the pots in May next year with summer bedding your hardy plants can be replanted into the garden, though often pots of mixed evergreen are equally lovely throughout the year.
The first decision is what kind of containers do you have to plant because different shapes and styles lend themselves to different planting styles.