Whether your garden is large or small, or even just a balcony or front door step, a container can bring an explosion of colour and interest to any space.
Of course, your first thought may be to fill a pot or window box with flowering bedding plants, perhaps some marigolds, pansies, salvia, or petunia – but there are a whole host of novel options that will ensure you create something not only beautiful but totally unique.
For those short on space, containers can also provide a perfect place to grow herbs or vegetables. Much easier to maintain than the traditional vegetable patch, for some plants they can even be brought into the kitchen giving instant access to totally fresh produce.
But even if space is plentiful, why not break the mould and plant up your window boxes with salad leaves or carrots?
A display of succulents will also provide an attractive alternative, tying in with both conventional and contemporary designs.
And while the plant you choose can add that little element of uniqueness, so too can the pot itself.
Using, for example, an old pair of wellie boots, a broken bucket or teapot will instantly catch the eye of any visitor, no matter what plant is on display.
We have even seen upturned wine bottles with the bottom removed, attached to the wall and planted up for a truly alternative look.
Of course, it goes without saying that no matter the size or shape of the container, using good quality organic compost is a must.
Not only will it provide your plants with the slow release of nutrients they need to thrive, it will also help keep the balance between good drainage and water retention ensuring they can be enjoyed long into the future.
TOP PLANTS FOR CONTAINERS OR POTS
- Herbaceous perennials
- Bedding plants
- Topiary plants
- Ornamental specimen plants