Potted plants will brighten up any corner of your garden, porch, windows or living room. Shrubs, climbers, fruits, vegetables and herbs will all grow wonderfully in a container but planting in resourceful and creative ways means the possibilities are endless.
Utilise your space
There are an estimated 24 million gardens in the UK. Some have large lawns, some are predominantly patios, but pots are a versatile option for all outdoor living spaces as they can be easily moved and tailored to your needs.
A potted plant will work wonders for enhancing your porch or front door to welcome your guests. Or, if there isn’t sufficient floor space, adding different height elements such as hanging baskets to the front of your home will have a brilliant effect.
Filling your basket with sweet, fragrant flowers will guarantee you get a breeze of the aroma whenever you pass by. Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum) are a fantastic pick, with a strong honey fragrance that will attract butterflies and bees.
Think outside the box
Wall-mounted planters and window boxes are a great alternative if there is a shortage of floor space. Attaching them to the wall will add depth to the design and give you plenty of scope to grow crops and herbs without taking up valuable ground. Not to mention the fact that they’re at hand height, ripe for the picking when they’re ready to harvest.
Strawberries are ideal for window boxes as they can be grown in the smallest of spaces.
Pots don’t need to be plain, boring or expensive. In fact, they don’t even need to be pots. They can be tyres, wellies, tin cans, even an old bath. Give your garden some personality by adding some quirky pieces that are one of a kind. Cutting the sides off plastic bottles and screwing them to the wall, filled with herbs, alpines, evergreens and bedding plants is an inexpensive and easy means of adding new features to your garden.
My top tip for adding height to plant displays is to situate your containerised plants on top of old materials like pallets, chairs or ladders—this will give you more structure to your space. Opting for containers that are an assortment of colours and textures will ensure your garden is bursting with charm.
And you can mimic this inside the home too. Hanging glass terrariums with Tillandsia (air plant) or ceramic pots with Sedum morganianum (burro’s tail) adds a contemporary twist to your design indoors.
Putting it to practice
Whatever container you use needs to be large enough to hold the roots. But ensure that those with a small rootball are potted in a suitable sized container, gradually increasing the pot size rather than setting them straight into a big pot.
If you progressively increase the pot size, you are reducing the risk of the compost becoming waterlogged which will damage your prized plants. Drilling holes in the bottom of your container and placing drainage material like stones over the holes will allow the plants to drain effectively.
Choosing the right compost is an important decision, and Miracle-Gro’s All Purpose Compost absorbs up to 25% more water than ordinary compost, this will help your pot, container and basket plants to thrive, wherever they are. With the optimum balance of air and water, it will ensure the strong roots grow healthily.
Shake up your planting for the year ahead with oh-so-versatile pots and plants. Containers like this give so much scope for creativity but are also a big tick when it comes to efficient growing too!