Showcase Winter Shrubs with Bespoke Wooden Planters


Winter: a season often associated with dormant gardens and barren landscapes. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a touch of expertise and a sprinkle of creativity, your garden can boast vibrant hues and lively textures even in the coldest months. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by incorporating winter-blooming shrubs into your outdoor spaces. But why stop there? Elevate these natural beauties by housing them in bespoke wooden planters, tailor-made to accentuate your garden's unique character.

With decades of experience in garden joinery and a reputation for unparalleled craftsmanship, we at The Garden Trellis Company know a thing or two about quality garden features. In this article, we'll guide you through selecting hardy winter shrubs that thrive in the UK climate and pair them perfectly with bespoke wooden planters. Not only do these planters offer a functional solution, but they are also an investment in the aesthetic value of your home.

From durable materials to aesthetic nuances, we'll dig deep into what makes a winning combination. So grab your gloves and let's get started!

Choosing the Right Winter-Blooming Shrubs for the UK Climate

Winter in the UK can be a challenging time for gardeners, but it's far from a lost cause. There are a host of winter-blooming shrubs that not only survive but thrive in the chilly British weather. Here are some favourites that can infuse life into your garden:

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)

Known for its vibrant, fragrant blooms that appear from mid to late winter, Witch Hazel is an excellent choice. The spidery yellow flowers bring a bright pop of colour to otherwise gloomy gardens.


With its holly-like foliage and clusters of yellow flowers, Mahonia is a hardy evergreen that fares well in the winter. Its striking appearance pairs well with a wide range of planters.


Blooming from late winter to early spring, Camellia offers lush, roselike flowers in various hues, from white and pink to red. A southern favourite, but well-suited for sheltered spots in the UK.


Offering both evergreen and deciduous options, Viburnum varieties like Viburnum tinus and Viburnum x bodnantense give you options for flowers and fragrance during the winter months.


If it's fragrance you're after, the sweet-smelling Daphne should be on your list. The shrub produces purple or pink flowers that can fill your garden with a pleasant aroma.

Expert Tip:

Before you go about choosing your shrubs, it's crucial to assess the soil type and sun exposure of your garden. These factors can significantly influence how well your chosen shrubs will grow.

By strategically selecting these winter-blooming beauties, you'll have a garden that defies the season's dormancy, and instead, celebrates life and colour even in the coldest months.

Elevate Your Winter Garden with Bespoke Wooden Planters

Now that you've got a good idea of the winter-blooming shrubs that can dazzle your garden, let's talk about how to showcase them in the best light. And by light, we mean bespoke wooden planters tailored to suit the needs of both your plants and your design aesthetic.

The Benefits of Bespoke Wooden Planters

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Custom-designed planters can bring harmony to your garden by coordinating with existing furniture, trellis work, or decking.
  • Perfect Fit: Bespoke planters can be crafted to the exact dimensions needed for your shrubs, ensuring that the plants have ample room to grow.
  • Durability: Quality timber, expertly fashioned, can withstand the elements, guaranteeing that your investment pays off for years to come.
  • Uniqueness: Going bespoke means you get a one-of-a-kind piece, something crafted to your exact vision.

Pairing Planters with Shrubs

We also sell a range of high quality planters in fixed sizes online. Below are some ideas for pairing these planters with shrubs:

  • Witch Hazel & Deep Rectangular Planters: Given Witch Hazel's sprawling roots, a deep rectangular planter like our Trellis-Backed Rectangular Planters would be perfect.
  • Mahonia & Square Planters: Mahonia's upright growth habit suits well-proportioned square planters. Check out our Cross Square Planters for a stylish choice.
  • Camellia & Prestige Planters: For a shrub as elegant as the Camellia, you'll want something equally sophisticated. Our Prestige Planters offer that touch of class.
  • Viburnum & Multi-Compartment Planters: Since Viburnum varieties can differ in size, a multi-compartment planter could let you grow different types together, offering visual and aromatic variety.
  • Daphne & Freestanding Planters: Given Daphne's aromatic allure, a freestanding planter allows you to move the shrub around, ensuring that its fragrance can be appreciated from various parts of the garden.

Expert Tip:

Don't forget about drainage! All our planters come with adequate drainage holes, but if you have specific needs, those can be addressed in the customisation process.

Customise your winter garden with our wooden planters, and transform it into a winter wonderland that not only survives the season but thrives in its beauty.

Care Tips for Your Winter-Blooming Shrubs and Bespoke Wooden Planters

After setting up your dream winter garden, maintaining it is the next crucial step. Here’s a rundown of some basic care tips to ensure both your shrubs and planters stay in tip-top shape.

For Your Winter-Blooming Shrubs

  • Regular Watering: Even in winter, your shrubs need water. Make sure the soil is consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
  • Pruning: Some winter bloomers, like Witch Hazel, benefit from a light pruning immediately after flowering to encourage new growth.
  • Fertilising: Fertilise your shrubs in the late winter or early spring for optimal nutrient absorption.

For Your Bespoke Wooden Planters

  • No Paint or Treatments Needed: One of the benefits of our planters is that they come pre-treated and don't require additional painting or treatments, saving you both time and effort.
  • Check Drainage: While our planters come with built-in drainage, it’s good to regularly ensure that the holes are not clogged, so your plants don’t end up sitting in water.
  • Location Rotation: Our planters are built to last and withstand various weather conditions. However, rotating them occasionally can help distribute wear and tear evenly, prolonging their lifespan.

A Quick Reminder

Weather conditions can vary widely across the UK. Be sure to adjust your care routine according to your local weather patterns.

You see, maintaining a winter garden needn’t be a chore. With the right shrubs and the right planters, it becomes a joy. So go ahead, customise your winter garden with our bespoke planters and add a touch of beauty that will last through the seasons.

Adding Bespoke Elements to Your Winter Garden

The term "bespoke" often conjures up images of luxury, tailored suits, or custom-made furniture. But why stop there? Your garden is another fantastic space that can benefit immensely from a personalised touch. Here's how you can elevate your winter garden with bespoke elements:

Why Choose Bespoke?

  • Unique Designs: Bespoke means you're not getting a one-size-fits-all product. Whether it's a planter, trellis, or pergola, each item is tailored to your specific needs and tastes.
  • Quality Materials: Custom pieces are often made from superior materials. For instance, our bespoke wooden planters are not only visually stunning but also durable, capable of withstanding the UK's diverse weather conditions.

Ideas for Bespoke Elements

  • Personalised Planters: Take your pick from various designs and sizes to complement your winter-blooming shrubs.
  • Themed Trellises: Whether you want to go classical or contemporary, a custom trellis can serve as both a decorative and functional element in your garden.
  • Signature Seating: From benches to garden loungers, add seating that reflects your style and needs.

How to Get Started

  • Consultation: We offer a free CAD design service and a site visit for our bespoke customers to ensure we fully understand your vision.
  • Design Approval: Once the design is ready, we send it for your approval.
  • Clean Site Guarantee: Our installation service comes with a "clean site guarantee," meaning we leave your garden as pristine as we found it, only better!

So, why settle for standard when you can go bespoke? Add a dash of personalisation and quality to your garden this winter. Discover the endless possibilities with our range of bespoke planters and other garden joinery.

We also offer bespoke quality planters in fixed sizes with our range of Prestige planters which are handmade in our Essex workshop.

Your Winter Garden, Your Way

Gardening doesn't have to be a summer-only affair. With the right plants and bespoke elements, your winter garden can be a visual treat. You don't have to compromise on quality or aesthetics, as custom wooden planters offer both in spades.

Winter-blooming shrubs like witch hazel, winter jasmine, and viburnum bring colour and fragrance to the colder months. Place them in bespoke wooden planters that are as unique as the plants they hold. Doing so will not only enhance their beauty but also add a touch of sophistication to your outdoor space.

Remember, a garden is an extension of your home, a space where nature meets nurture. So why not customise it to reflect your style and needs? If you're ready to transform your winter garden, explore our range of wooden planters or get in touch for a free consultation and design service.

Tailor your outdoor space to your taste. After all, your garden deserves the bespoke treatment too. Customise your winter garden with our bespoke planters today!

And there you have it—a cosy and curated winter garden is just a click away.

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