Decorating With Pots: Mediterranean Style

Private courtyards, framed views, terra-cotta tiles, olive oil jars, exotic leaves, and heady scents are hallmarks of the Mediterranean garden. A few drought-tolerant plants, some pelargoniums, herbs, and a lemon tree complete the look.

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Empty Planters Adds Decorative Touch to Garden DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When containers look as good as these, forget about planting them, although you could insert a pot in the top and let a climbing nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) or small-leaved ivy (Hedera) spiral out and down. When arranging pots to give antiquity and impact, opt for echoing shapes that build up in height, and either give them a prominent position or half conceal them among arching ferns.

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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