Planting ornamental cabbage and other cool season plants is just around the corner.

Plant your garden for winter. Make it magical

Planting ornamental cabbage and other cool season plants is just around the corner.

Year before last we planted a small evergreen, surrounded by winter pansies and trailing ivy.  (Click photo to enlarge)

Year before last we planted a small evergreen, surrounded by winter pansies and trailing ivy. (Click photo to enlarge)

Pot for October colour: Skimmia japonica 'Rubella', heather and pansy 'Deep Pink'. Photo by Sarah Cuttle. For another container using winter-flowering pansies, visit http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/pots-containers/spring/pansy-thyme-and-ivy-pot-display/1187.html

Pot for October colour: Skimmia japonica 'Rubella', heather and pansy 'Deep Pink'. Photo by Sarah Cuttle. For another container using winter-flowering pansies, visit http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/pots-containers/spring/pansy-thyme-and-ivy-pot-display/1187.html

This tall, slender container attracts attention and fits perfectly into narrow spaces. Container: 12 by 12 inch square; Light: Sun. Plants: Pennisetum glaucum 'Purpple Majesty' (ornamental millet), Thunbergia 'Susie Orange with Eye', Iresine 'Purple Lady', Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'.

This tall, slender container attracts attention and fits perfectly into narrow spaces. Container: 12 by 12 inch square; Light: Sun. Plants: Pennisetum glaucum 'Purpple Majesty' (ornamental millet), Thunbergia 'Susie Orange with Eye', Iresine 'Purple Lady', Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'.

1 Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour. Dead-heading – either little and often or in one go – encourages new flowering side-shoots till October.  'Caradonna’ loves sun; use it as a purple ribbon through late season grasses or, at 18in (45cm), it is the perfect centrepiece for a pot.

1 Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour. Dead-heading – either little and often or in one go – encourages new flowering side-shoots till October. 'Caradonna’ loves sun; use it as a purple ribbon through late season grasses or, at 18in (45cm), it is the perfect centrepiece for a pot.

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