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
Hanging baskets and wall mangers can provide colour and interest through the cooler months. Choose hardy plants such as dwarf evergreen shrubs, conifers, heuchera, ornamental grasses, heathers, violas and pansies are perfect for planting now. Mix the colours, shapes and textures for the best effect. 1 Start with trailing plants around the edge 2 Add a taller plant in the centre for height and structure 3 Fill in the gaps with flowering or foliage plants.