Pansies are perhaps the most durable of winter flowering plants, bloomimg from early autumn through to late spring.
Grasses such as Carex Evergold add colour and texture to winter displays.
Cyclamen come in a range of bright pure colours. They prefer a site that's sheltered from too much direct rain.
Pernettya are an evergreen shrub with bright pink to white berries which last well into the new year.
Hyacinths can add fresh colour around Christmas and into the New Year.
Primroses are hard to beat for range of colour and sheer brightness.
Winter Ivies are another great foliage plant for winter & spring containers.
Tete a tete Daffodils are miniature daffs with 3-4 small flowers on a single stem. Other useful bulbs for spring colour include dwarf tulips, muscari (grape hyacinths) & bluebell.