Plant this arrangement for a splash of winter colour
You will need:
1 x Swiss Mountain Pine
3 x red hardy mini cyclamen
12 x miniature tulip bulbs 'Taco' (Clusiana variety)
6 x violas 'Orange Jump Up'
Hexagonal wooden planter
Time taken: 2 hours
Approximate cost: £40
1) Use the planter itself to measure out and thoroughly mix together equal portions of soil-based compost and a soil conditioner such as mushroom compost, adding a generous sprinkling of slow-release shrub fertiliser.
2) Centre an empty pot the same size as the mountain pine rootball in the soil and build up around the sides so the soil level is 2.5cm (1") from the top edge of the planter. Water well and allow to settle before carefully removing the pot leaving a well in the planter.
3) Position the mountain pine in the centre of the planter and firm in well. Deeply plant the tulips, evenly spaced around the main plant, 2 per side.
4) Plant the cyclamen so the flowerheads peer through the open habit of the pine. Position the violas 1 per corner and plant.
5) Finally add several good handfuls of compost around all the plants and firm in well before watering and placing in a sheltered position.
|I love the contrasting foliage of the pine needles, variegated cyclamen and the bright green of the violas. The flowers are so vibrant in their not-quite-clashing red-orange-purple combination.|