Step by step: make a winter planter

Step by step: make a winter planter

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In summer, the flowers are so numerous that we barely linger on each of them. "What a lack of recognition ..." can think the gardener! Only the most lush planters stand out, and even more for the overview they offer than in the detail of the flowers that compose them. So much effort invested in planting and caring, and so little admiration in return! It is quite different in winter. Plants that are still valiant and colorful at this season - not to mention those that are flowering - are so rare that the eye naturally wears them. So we might as well encourage this inclination that delights the eyes - and the heart - in these periods of cold weather during which we are tense in search of warmth and comfort! The plants can not be better accompanied by this momentum, bringing greenery and colors in front of the window or around the house. From the end of autumn, the garden centers offer many varieties adapted to the rigorous period which will follow. The hardest? Not only to make your choice among them, but also and above all, when autumn has been mild, to resign yourself to cutting and plucking summer varieties still valiant - although on the decline - to replace them with others called to star in the next season. Once the step taken, remains to orchestrate the plantations to make a sparkling composition until the return of sunny days. For that, follow our advice! Difficulty : easy Cost : depending on the container and the varieties chosen, here around 30 € Tools required : - A container (planter, pot, container, etc.) - Soil - A planter - Several winter plants - Bulb plants (optional) - Bubble wrap (optional)

Step 1: Choose plants suited to the season

It's simple. To succeed in a winter planter, you just have to select robust plants, not afraid of frost. Here are some varieties from different families: - grasses - Winter flowering plants : heather, bellflowers, pansies, daisies… - Spring flowering plants : forget-me-not, Christmas rose (hellebore), primrose, cyclamen… - Bulb plants : muscaris, hyacinth, narcissus… - Evergreen plants : maritime cineraria (pretty silver gray color), cupressus, ivy… - Decorative plants : ornamental cabbage, pernettya (shrub with autumnal fruiting), variegated speedwell… The ideal? Form a varied composition in which perennials, flowering plants and bulbs intermingle which will take over in the spring! Because - ideally - it is good to think over the duration and to make a composition capable of ensuring the transition with the beautiful days while keeping a great look from start to finish. For that, nothing like to include varieties with spring flowering, possibly in the form of bulbs at the time of their planting.
For the composition we offer in this example, we have chosen to combine heather, ivy, skimma and a few spring bulbs.

Step 2: Prepare the pot and the soil

Drainage is also important in winter in summer, or even more. The risk, in case of excess water, is no longer that of rotting, but of freezing. To protect yourself, garnish the bottom of your container with a layer of clay balls or any other material capable of performing the same function (crushed brick, gravel, pozzolan, etc.).
For your plantations, prepare a mixture of potting soil and garden soil, possibly supplemented with compost.
Do not fill the bottom of your container with this mixture, neither too much nor too little, but just enough so that the plant collar is then at the desired height at the time of planting.

Step 3: Place the plants in the planter

If there is no hard and fast rule, here are some helpful tips.
Place the most durable plants in the center of the composition, the roots of which will need space to spread out. If these are tangled in a "bun" when you take the plant out of its pot, do not hesitate to "untangle" it by cutting the peripheral part.
Place any hanging plants at the edge so as to accentuate their effect.
Bury the spring bulbs at a depth suitable for each variety.

Step 4: Finish planting and water

Your winter planter is ready! It remains to pack around the plants to promote their recovery ...
… Then water, in moderation.
Finally, if your planter allows it, you can place a protection intended to protect the roots against frost.
Here we use bubble wrap that we place between the pot and the pot holder. It's finish. You have left for long months of admiration!