The origins of container gardening can be traced far back into ancient history. Initially, gardeners used them for edible and medicinal plants in Greece, China, Egypt and India. Over time, containers became more popular and were used to grow all kinds of plants.
The use of container planting as garden decoration was popularised in Italy. During the Renaissance, large, ornamental terracotta pots were displayed to great effect in the ornate gardens of the time. But they were also popular with Roman citizens, who used containers to bring a piece of the countryside into their towns and cities. Homeowners attached boxes of plants and flowers to windows and even placed them on their roofs.
Today containers are an essential part of our gardens and allow us to bring a touch of nature indoors. They are also an incredibly flexible gardening tool. You can use them: