I’m not much of a gardener but I do like somewhere nice to sit outside during our brief English summer. So this coming Easter weekend you will find me at the garden centre checking out the plants. Because let’s face it, there’s nothing better than a profusion of greenery and colourful flowers on the patio. Hand me a gin and tonic and I’ll sit for hours enjoying the quiet and the droning of bees.
So, here’s just a few of my favourite things and a few little tips I’ve picked up…
Lots and lots of pots of different sizes arranged together. Stick to the ‘odd numbers’ rule and cram them with different colours, shapes and textures. They don’t all have to be flowering plants, some of the most interesting shapes and textures come from the foliage itself.
A bit of height is always good. I’d love to have some old stone steps in the garden but you can always fake it. Old step ladders, chairs or tables will do. A table by the back door with pots of different herbs not only looks good but is practical for the busy cook.
Use the walls too. These painted pots look fabulous. Only thing to consider is that the smaller the pot the more often it will need watering.
Potted plants can also be used to create cosy rooms in the garden and a bit of privacy if you live in the city and are overlooked by neighbours.
And don’t forget the window box. A bit of effort in spring will reward you all summer with a glorious display of colour. Plant the trailing plants and ivy at the front, larger plants at the back and experiment with colour schemes.
One word of caution. It’s too early to plant out all but the hardiest of plants yet so plant up indoors and wait for the frosts to end before putting out in the garden.
And don’t forget to water them!
Sources: Clockwise from top left.