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Enjoy flowers that fight the cold

14 September 2018 | Posted in Gardening by The Unwins Family


Once my summer bedding is starting to look a little weary from August it spurs me on to think about what flowers are able to take their place from autumn and see my garden through the winter.

I was delighted to find that from as early as the beginning of autumn you can start your autumn bedding in earnest and enjoy the colour and textures of winter-hardy bedding.

You need not have vacant pots over the winter; on the contrary they can be busy and bold with bright mood-lifting colours and subtle scents that you can enjoy on those sunny and crisp winter days when a little winter garden maintenance may be needed.

So here is my plan of action for an ongoing display from as early as October lasting right until spring.



Pots of leaf texture and bright colour

Wallflower Sugar Rush (pictured)
Kale Northern Lights

Fills four to six pots
Ornamental cabbage leaves in white, green and purple contrast with electric colours of yellow, oranges and white wallflowers.





Early primroses – the perfect pink partners

Primrose Sweetheart
Primrose Champagne
Polyanthus Purple Lace (pictured)

Fills four to six pots
Two ground-hugging primroses complement the taller polyanthus Purple Lace for pretty in pink shades that start the year off with a bang.




Vibrant violas – evocative colour mixes

Pansy Rhubarb & Custard (pictured)
Polyanthus Victoriana Gold Lace

Fills six to eight pots or hanging baskets
Two complementing winter bedding flowers beautiful in burgundy and purple shades. Sophisticated and heart-warming to see the colours in your winter garden.


Further ideas for autumn bedding in your garden

There are many other combinations you can try from the Unwins range of autumn bedding including UK meadow lovers cowslips with fiery red primrose Romance or blue-fringed yellow primrose Blue Butterfly.

Consider planting spring-flowering bulbs in your pots first before adding autumn bedding on top to give you a seamless transition into your spring bulbs displays.

Read our guide on how to plant up a basket with ease

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