Cool-season color, indoors or outside
Cyclamen used to be a fancy potted plant that only lived indoors on cool windowsills, but now we have fantastic varieties that also perform outdoors. While it is still a cool-season plant, the newer cyclamen types have more color and last longer, especially in shaded areas.
To enjoy cyclamen’s gentle fragrance, place a few plants in containers by the front door, on a kitchen table or in the living room. Outdoors, cyclamen adds pops of bold color to the shade garden or covered areas.
Cyclamen does not spread much, so plant them just far enough apart to keep the leaves from touching. For a beautiful container, mix cyclamen with other cool-season color, like viola or snapdragon, and add an accent like ivy or spike.