Winter pansy planter

Winter pansy planter

IMG_3436  As I’ve mentioned before our garden is a blank canvas. As a first time gardener I’m taking it slow and not adding too many plants at once. However this summer I have loved all my containers of colourful flowers but they didn’t like the week holiday we took at the end of July. A few weeks back I dug all the dead bedding plants up but I really missed the colour.IMG_3440

I spotted the trays of winter pansies and violas whilst doing my weekly shop. I couldn’t resist picking up a tray of 20 pansies for £3. That’s how I found myself gardening in the rain one afternoon. I started planting the pots up in the sunshine, after I had put the ladybird down for her afternoon nap and suddenly it started pouring down. I sheltered under the garage door as I knew once my toddler was up I’d not get another chance to garden again. The idea of stacking the pots came from a book Sweet peas for summer: how to create a garden in a year. I love this book and have got so much advice and ideas for my garden from it.IMG_3441

what you need

  • winter bedding plants (I used pansies)
  • multi purpose compost
  • three pots off different sizes
  • trowel

start by half filling the bottom pot with compost. Stack the middle pot with compost and stack on top of the bottom pot. Play around with the amount of soil under this middle pot until you have the right amount of height between pots. Repeat with the smallest pot.

Plant individual plants 10cm apart around the space between the pots and in the top pot. How many will depend on the size of pots you have used.

Water well to ensure all the compost has been soaked fully and remember to keep watering every few days if the weather is dry.


Here it is now a few weeks later, almost like a complete dome of pansies. I finally took the plunge and dug up some of our front lawn last weekend, so I will be back next week to show you that.

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  1. October 1, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    That’s some pretty bargainous pansies! I like how you’ve created extra height in the pot, I’ve never thought of doing that 🙂 Your pot looks fab.

  2. October 1, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    What a great idea stacking the pots, I like that and gratefully pinching that tip 🙂 I’ve bought some plants from Aldi to make up pots with – ornamental cabbages, heathers and cyclamen. Just need to hunt around the garden for a pot or two now.

  3. October 1, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    It’s a good idea to start slowly and gain confidence. Loving the stacked pot idea, I like the height of it.

    Thank you for joining in and sharing x

  4. nessjibberjabberuk
    October 2, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    I went to the market today and I have to being very tempted at the winter pansies on sale. I don’t think I can last without some colour in the garden.

  5. October 6, 2015 / 9:07 am

    great price and they look wonderful – worth gardening in the rain!

  6. October 6, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Winter pansies! I didn’t know this was a thing, shall be popping to the garden soon to see if I can pick some up. I love stacked pots, great for small areas too

  7. October 6, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    You can’t beat a plant bargain can you? Love the height that you get with the extra pots too 🙂 #hdygg

  8. GrubbyLittleFaces
    October 6, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Great idea and I like how you have shown us how it has already started to spread out and increase in size. Something I tried last year was adding spring bulbs under the pansies which then push through and bring some colour in spring. Happy Gardening. 🙂

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