We love planting Rainwater Terrace water butts for the Autumn Winter season but its often hard to find a good mixture of plants to add texture height and colour on cold dark days.
Some of our firm favorites are :-
Pansy spectacular pure rose (a lovely deep purple pink bloom)
Heuchera melting fire
Hedera golden kolibri
Carex comans bronze
Cyclamen green leaf
Carex frosted curls
Plants that thrive over the winter in Rainwater Terrace planters are Acorus ogon which is is a perennial aquatic plant with sword-like leaves, This striking leafy plant does well in a wet environment which makes an ideal companion for our water butt planters. We find the Acorus will also thrive the following season through the summer as long as the planters are not allowed to fully dry out should we have periods of no rain. Acorus is a nearly effortless landscape plant to grow. Plant it in full sun to partial shade, in a location that is moist to constantly wet. It often performs its best right at the edge of a pond or stream.
Juncus spiralis looks fantastic in water butt planters its unusual curly leaves add texture and interest all year round. Juncus Spiralis is a cultivar of the soft rush, Juncus effusus. It is an evergreen perennial plant that forms a clump of corkscrew-like, spirally curled, leafless stems. It is a popular ornamental grass that can be grown in permanently moist, acidic soil in sun or partial shade. It can also be grown in very shallow water at pool margins this is perfect for water butt planters that may be wetter over the Autumn and Winter months so a perfect choice for your planters.