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Up-Cycling Winter Potted Colour

A winter garden doesn’t have to be dull. While the leaves may be off the trees and many things need cutting back, potted colour can be an easy way to reinvigorate your winter garden into a bright and cheerful haven.

“Potted colour means plants that are already flowering in pots” says ECH Horticultural Therapist, Dean Gaston.

“Pansies, primulas, polyanthus and cyclamen are all plants that do great in pots as well as in the garden.”

Potted colour is usually fairly inexpensive and available at most garden centres, but if you have more time and a green thumb, you can also start with seeds or succulents and plant into pots later. Bulbs are also an attractive way to create winter and spring displays of colour in pots or garden beds.

“There are also creative ways to display our flowers for the cooler months,” explains Dean. “For example, planting them in teacups or other household items.”

Old shoes, gumboots, teacups, teapots, even an old wheelbarrow, can make an attractive and fun temporary flowerbed so why not recycle some of your old things into garden pots this winter.

ECH would love to see some of the prettiest winter gardens and quirkiest containers so why not take some photos and send them in to us at

We’ll share the best photos in the next issue of Keep Connected magazine!