Show off your snowdrops: They're too lovely to leave sitting at the bottom of the garden so why not put them in the limelight?

Any flower brave enough to make an appearance in our recent cold weather should be celebrated.

Snowdrops are one of the earliest to bloom, so give them the limelight they deserve with this easy pot project. We used a 25cm terracotta pot (around £3 from garden centres), and sprayed it with Plasti-kote silver paint (around £6 for a 400ml spray can).

We planted the large-leafed Galanthus elwesii (around £2 per pot), although any snowdrops will be just as good. We've also added Ophiopogon nigrescens (around £5) and Convolvulus cneorum (around £8). But don't feel restricted by the plants we've used with the snowdrops - just choose what's looking good at your garden centre and buy paint to tone in with your scheme.

The glitzy combination we've used here will liven up any terrace or doorstep. The metallic paint catches the light, which is welcome at this time of year, and complements the silver convolvulus foliage. Black ophiopogon and snowdrops are perfect bedfellows, contrasting with one another for a modern display. All the plants in this pot can be used in the garden, too. Follow this simple guide and you'll have a snowdrop display to be proud of.

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1. Cover your table with paper and spray a pot. It will only need one coat and should be totally dry in about half an hour

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2. Place a layer of broken polystyrene or crocks in the bottom of the pot and half fill it with peat-free, multi-purpose compost

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3. Remove the convolvulus from its pot, tease out the roots and plant it at the back of the display. Firm it in place

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4. Buy two ophiopogon plants and split them into small pieces. Position them, spaced evenly, in front of the convolvulus

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5. Plant the snowdrops between the ophiopogon. Take care not to disturb the bulbs and root system too much

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6. Fill any gaps with more compost, ensuring all the plants are firmly bedded in. Water the pot well and move it to its final position

SIMPLY RED

Who'd have thought a conifer could be so colourful! This one, Podocarpus 'Country Park Fire', has vibrant red leaves which contrast beautifully with white snowdrop blooms.

Combined with wispy red grass it's a real winner.

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Move these plants to the border once the display is past its best

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Plasti-kote in warm aubergine

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1 x podocarpus (around £8)

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3 x Uncinia rubra (around £9)

 

GO GREEN

Three small pots of snowdrops and the elements below were all it took to make this classic display. Restricting your colour palette is a clever trick, and green works beautifully on its own. And the plants are cheap, too.

DIG FOR VICTORY

If you've got snowdrops growing in your garden, why not dig up a few for your pot instead of buying them?

Take care not to disturb the bulbs too much, and the blooms will look fresh in a container for weeks.

You can easily plant them back in the garden, perhaps in a new location, when the pot display goes over.

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Split the ivy into smaller pieces to make it easier to squeeze into gaps

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Plasti-kote in dusty jade

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3 x small ferns (around £6)

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3 x plain ivies (around £4.50)

 


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