As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, you might think that your gardening efforts should come to a halt. However, November is a perfect time to bring some life and colour to your outdoor spaces by planting in decorative planters. One fantastic addition to consider is bare root roses. Below are some ideas on what you can plant in your planters to bring them to life in this otherwise sometimes dreary season....

1. Bare Root Roses

Bare root roses are a much loved choice for many gardeners due to their fragrance, and wide array of colors. Planting them in November allows them to establish strong root systems during the autumn and winter, ensuring a beautiful display come spring. When selecting bare root roses, choose disease-resistant varieties that suit your climate and aesthetic preferences. Plant them in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter, and make sure they receive adequate sunlight.


2. Winter Pansies

Winter pansies are a delightful addition to your decorative planters during November. Their vibrant colors and ability to survive colder temperatures make them a popular choice for autumn and winter gardening. Pansies come in a spectrum of hues, from deep purples to bright yellows, adding a splash of cheer to your outdoor spaces.


3. Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses can provide texture and interest to your planters throughout the winter months. Varieties like fountain grass or blue fescue offer unique shapes and colors that can complement the rest of your plantings. These grasses are hardy and require minimal maintenance, making them a practical choice for November planting.


4. Winter-Flowering Hellebores

Hellebores, also known as Lenten roses, are a wonderful addition to your November planters. They produce elegant, cup-shaped flowers in shades of white, pink, and purple during the late winter and early spring. Planting them now allows their roots to establish for a beautiful winter display.


5. Hardy Herbs

Decorative planters can both be functional and lovely to look at when planting ornimental herbs such as rosemary, thyme and bay all of which will be hardy enough to withstand the British winter weather. 

November is not a time to put away your gardening tools; it's an opportunity to add beauty and life to your outdoor spaces through decorative planters. Bare root roses, winter pansies, ornamental grasses, heuchera, hellebores, and decorative evergreens are excellent choices to consider for a stunning winter display. With some planning and care, you can enjoy vibrant and captivating planters even in the cooler months.


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