POTS FOR ALL SEASONS
REASONS TO GROW IN POTS • Convenience Even the tiniest and most uninviting spaces can be speedily transformed – without huge investment – using planted containers. Plants in season can be brought comfortably near. • Creativity Container gardening is an artistic pursuit that anyone can try and triumph with. Experimenting with plant and pot combinations is pleasurable and the results highly rewarding. • Design Containers can be dramatic focal points, repeated elements in a scheme or used to create a particular feel. In places where there is no soil, they are a godsend. • Flexibility You can expand or slim down a container display depending on the season or your time. Plantings past their prime are easily swapped with those at peak. • Therapy Tending in the fresh air, for however short a time,
is a proven stress buster. Pots allow especially intimate contact with and a greater appreciation of plants. • Transportability Plants in containers are easily moved from one area of the garden to another and can be taken with you when you move home. • Variety Pots allow you to grow a wider range of plants,
including those unsuited to your garden soil or which need cold-weather protection.
A CREATIVE THERAPY However difficult the space, there are appealing plants – and attractive pots – to adorn it. Appointed thoughtfully and cared for appropriately, planted containers are an invaluable addition to any plot and essential to some. Plants in pots can enliven areas within a garden, such as paved patios, shady corners and dry patches at the base of a hedge, that are otherwise difficult to colonize. They can equally camouflage or obscure an eyesore, screen off a play area, flexibly delineate or assist in creating a fresh vista. They can provide an eye-drawing finishing touch, be a key element in the overall design or serve as a starting point around which even an entire garden can be developed. In some instances they can be emotionally provocative. Humour should definitely be on the garden agenda. Many pots, including elegant olive jars and classical urns, beauteous objects in their own right, can be handsome, unplanted focal points. Whether your taste is for regimented formality, minimalism or, as in my case, quirky eclecticism, all are attainable, courtesy of