It was with great pleasure, though, during a recent visit, that I discovered some excellent winter plants in stock at great prices (I guess IKEA are so large they can buy in humungous quantities and thus keep the prices down).
Cute little conifers at less than 5 Euros for 3 plants. I'm using mine in winter windowboxes
Jolly curvy colourful metal containers in all shapes and sizes with serrated edges like pie crusts (or tartelettes au fraises here in France) to cheer up the house or the white for a touch of elegance. Good for inside or outside
Christman Cactii in pretty colours
I thought these inside heart shaped cactii were really cute and would make a welcom present
A fantastic collection of small cyclamen in jewel colours. Perfect to cheer up winter pots or winter windowboxes. Make sure they don't dry out though otherwise they will shrivel up and die. You might think because it's not hot, that plants don't need watering but in fact, the wind is a drying factor too, so keep an eye out. There's less rain than we think! Cyclamens look great if they are numerous and planted together or to fill in little gaps in an arrnagement or pot or corner of the garden.
Here's a new thing from IKEA that allows you to display your plants. The pots can be inclined or up straight making a more interesting display. I like this but I think there is perhaps something slightly wrong with the proportion of the pots and the structure, I wanted the pots to be larger but maybe with hanging or bushy plants it will look very effective. Sorry didn't manage to remember the price, around 30 Euros I think...