Create a Container Garden Design
Incorporate varied shapes and materials when planning your garden.
2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited
Weathered crates make interesting containers for a country or cottage garden design. Fill them with mixed flowering annuals and perennials, vegetables and herbs.
The choice of containers for your prized plants is vast and varied. Recycled items can make quirky pots, while traditional shapes and materials suit informal and classical designs. Sleek cubes, cylinders and conical pots made from metal, synthetics or smooth stone are ideal for low-maintenance, contemporary gardens. Plants have the potential to make stunning, highly valued features when teamed with the right containers, so it’s well worth considering your choices carefully.
By uniting plants and pots in perfect harmony, you can create a wealth of sensational displays using the myriad different styles, colors, shapes, and sizes on offer. Materials for containers include plastic, fiberglass, terra-cotta, stone, glazed ceramic, metal, and wood, but with so many options, how do you make your choice? First, consider the overall design and style of your garden, and then think about the plants you want to display and try to match these with complementary pots. Place your plants in appropriate sites to ensure they thrive, but don’t be afraid to experiment with unconventional schemes, as the beauty of container gardening is that mistakes are easily rectified.
Creating your own containers by recycling items that may otherwise become trash is good for the environment and good for your pocket, and will lend a personal touch to your garden. Just about anything that has space for compost can be turned into a plant pot, including old boots, cans, buckets, wine boxes, fruit trays, yogurt cartons, colanders and plastic cups. Food cans of all shapes and sizes are also a great look and can often be obtained from local restaurants and delis. However, before turning any item into a home for plants, drill some drainage holes in the base, and make sure there is enough space inside for your chosen plants to grow comfortably.