Decorating With Pots: Clean and Contemporary

The modern look is a byword for sharp angular shapes and minimalism, using architectural plants, especially evergreens, to highlight the style. Geometry is in; overblown romantic gestures and clutter are out.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
French Lavender in Metal Urn DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Summer Scents

Traditional cottage garden herbs, such as French lavender (Lavandula stoechas), have their place in a modern scheme, especially when planted in contemporary containers, such as this metallic pot. When selecting alternative herbs for large containers, make sure that they will provide plenty of growth and height: for example, sorrel (Rumex acetosa) grows to 4 ft (1.2 m) high, hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), with its aromatic dark green leaves, grows to 32 in (80 cm) high, and sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata), which has small white flowers from spring to early summer, can reach a height of 3 ft (90 cm).

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

Advertisement will not be printed