How to Decorate Your Small Garden with Containers

The design of the house and garden should guide all your decisions on style, size, materials and position of all your garden furnishings. After all, nothing looks more pretentious than an unpretentious cottage or modern semi with an enormous grand inn in the middle of the front lawn. The result is pompous and laughable rather than impressive, whereas an old wooden half-barrel or terracotta pot bursting with flowers would look smart and totally in keeping.

You can use containers to create focal points. Grow a brightly coloured shrub in a container then move it as it outgrows its pot to fill an awkward gap in a border. Containers also allow you to grow shrubs or perennials that would not normally take to your soil. Camellias and azaleas, for example, like an acid soil so are normally out of the question in alkaline areas, so mix up an ericaceous compost, pot it up and cheat nature.

garden containers How to Decorate Your Small Garden with Containers

Think laterally when choosing containers. The most unexpected articles can look splendid planted up, for example an old butler s sink, tin hip bath or watering can will lake on a new lease of life when filled with colourful flowers. By the sea an old holed dinghy packed to bursting with nasturtiums looks colourful and characterful. Chimney pots, especially castellated ones, are eagerly sought after vet are still relatively cheap, and are especially useful as they add height to a grouping of pots.

There are so many terracotta and glazed pots available that as long as they are frostproof, you can find one suitable for even style of garden. Coloured pots allow you to reflect an overall colour scheme which you max have chosen for hard landscaped structure and planting.

For a more formal or oriental feel seek out ceramic dragon jars, which you could emphasise with colour-coordinated planting, Wooden Versailles tubs are excellent for framing doorways or steps, or you could plant two tall sunflowers to stand to attention beside a bench or doorway.

Group containers of different shapes and sizes together for the most dramatic effects. This not only makes watering easier Inn reduces evaporation. Placing containers on damp gravel also reduces water loss.

Old lead urns and planters have a lovely soft look and feel to them, bill are classified as antiques and therefore extremely expensive. Luckily there are now many faux lead pieces on the market which look exactly like the real thing vet cost a fraction of the price, so no one need lie deprived of the pleasure of owning such a classic feature.

Urns and some of the largest terracotta containers and pithoi have enough presence and grace to stand empty. However if you decide this looks a bit stark and you want some plants, keep your choice simple. Less is definitely more when it comes to planting up an urn. Stick to one or two plants and colours. A busy mixture may look good in a tub but will detract from the stateliness of an urn.

For smaller gardens, window boxes, hanging baskets and wall-mounted pots are invaluable. They provide the means to add an extra splash of colour when all the growing space on the ground is lull. Hanging baskets should positively groan with their mass of foliage and flowers, tumbling down mini the basket is completely obscured. Window boxes look best positioned just below the level of the window, so that you can look down upon the plants without any risk of them blocking out light. Wall pots such as galvanised steel pots look good on their own, even before you add the plants!


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