When it comes to adding colour and texture to your garden, so much can be done with a few strategically-placed plant pots here and there. Cheap plant pots are just as good as expensive ones, as it’s what’s inside that really counts. Brighten up a dull corner of the garden or patio with a selection of flowering perennials, or a colourful shrub to add splashes of colour.
When choosing a pot, make sure to pick one that is big enough for the types of flower or shrub you wish to plant. Choose pots with drainage holes and, if possible, match them to suit the garden. Plain plastic or terracotta pots look good in a small garden, or an area of limited space. Cheap plants pots last just as long as more expensive varieties when looked after properly.
Terracotta pots, for instance, are porous and the compost inside needs to be watered regularly to avoid drying out. Be careful though not to over-water them. Having a water flow measurement tool can help you not to do this These make great pots for people who like to water their plants on a regular basis – or who worry that they water their plants too much.
They also make good pots for a garden that’s susceptible to high winds, as they are more difficult to blow over. Plastic pots are extremely durable whatever the weather, although it’s advisable to keep them well wrapped in the cold months, with bin liners or bubble wrap, in order to protect the plant roots from frost. Black plastic pots look good against bright colourful plants that flower in reds, yellows and pinks.
Plant pots come in a variety of materials, from wood and plastic, to tin and glazed ceramic. They are also available in a variety of colours, making them just as much fun to place around the garden as the plants they hold. Whatever the style or material, most potted plants will thrive with gentle and regular care. If the pot has just one drainage hole, line it with a layer of polystyrene or broken ceramic to prevent the hole becoming blocked by compost or plant roots.
When arranging plant pots in groups around a garden, place tall plants in the middle and small, or trailing plants, around the edges. This will create a softer, more natural look and allow the plants to thrive in proximity to each other. Don’t be afraid to be bold with colour, or to experiment with height and background. A group of potted plants will really liven up a dull fence, while a row of plants placed at different heights makes an interesting feature in an otherwise plain, flat garden.