Whatever the size of your outside space, garden or patio transform it into a haven of natural beauty this spring/summer with our clever tips for using pots and planters.
1. Choose different sized pots
Pots offer the most variety and flexibility for an outside space. No terrace or patio is too big nor garden too small - simply select a mixture of different sizes and finishes and use the various pots to define your outside space.
Group various sizes on the corner of a terrace or decking area to provide a natural break, or use the same styling to zone an outside area. Even if you have a small balcony, you can still grow herbs and vegetables or fill pots with perennials or plants. A bright display can help to lift your mood and, if you live in a city, it can soften a more urban landscape.
2. Celebrate natural materials
The subtle tones of terracotta are well suited to the outdoors; they weather well and add a soft tone to a terraced area. Mix traditional pots with shrubs and taller styles for small trees. Wide and low planters work well for annuals and biennials, and position decorative urn shaped pots to give a Mediterranean feel.
3. Use hanging planters and wall space
The beauty of hanging and wall-hung planters is that they take up no space on the ground, so for smaller outside spaces they work perfectly to create a green sanctuary. Play with different plants that elegantly fall down alongside a wall to fill your space with luscious greenery.
4. Use reclaimed materials
Reclaimed materials lend themselves to the outdoors with their rustic finish. For a more dramatic look, try mixing darker hued pots and planters. Our reclaimed Endo reclaimed iron pots have a black tone enriched with rust hues that enrich over time. For a cleaner but no less interesting style, try our Pomo recycled planters. Crafted from the off-cuts of car windows the pots provide a striking back drop for plants as well as upcycling a waste material.
5. Embrace indoor planting
If you don't have an outside space, simply bring your garden indoors. Choose an area with the most natural light; near a window works well. If you are working from a corner start by giving height to the back row with a tall standing pot. Try our Endo Reclaimed Iron Planter Stand filled with a tall plant; cheese plants can work effectively or our Sangdi Seagrass Hanging Baskets in a range of sizes. Layer different heights and varieties to add interest, and choosing fragrant plants will add a pleasant natural scent. If you have a window sill fill it with lavender; the bees will love it and the faint fragrance will diffuse into your home.
The most important thing with garden planting is to just go for it. It's all about discovery and learning; the pleasure of watching shoots burst through the soil and buds flowering, and with vegetables, even if it is just a few pea pods, those peas will taste all the sweeter for being home grown.