How can 1 simple change instantly improve your garden you might well ask? Well there are lots of simple things that will improve your garden but the one I notice the most is singular pots! I can’t bear singular pots – unless it’s a large one that makes a statement at a focal point, or secluded in a nook.
Have you ever sat in traffic jams surveying people’s front gardens? I do it regularly because: a) I can’t abide sitting in traffic and always look around me at the view to try and decrease my irritation and b) I’m nosey about other people’s houses and gardens, and it’s always pots dotted about in isolation that I notice the most, and itch to liberate from their lonely solitude! And it’s so easy to rectify and so easy to create a pleasing and harmonious display. By grouping pots of similar materials, but varying sizes, you create a vignette that draws the eye. By using pots of similar colours the group becomes harmonious so that no 1 pot stands out, and by varying sizes the eye roves over and around the display thereby creating a larger more interesting vignette.
I have various groupings of pots in my garden – on the top terrace that gets more shade there is a range of various black ceramic planters from very large to medium for shrubby evergreens, with a group of Audenza smaller white stone plant pots and green aged plant pots on the table nearby for planting with a splash of summer colour. Even small pots need to be varied in their sizes for an interesting display, otherwise it’s all just flat and boring and the plants mingle together without contrast.
On the bottom terrace, I have a selection of turquoise ceramic pots that have been added to over the years for bright seasonal displays, and the walkway to the back of the summerhouse is lined either side with terracotta pots (to create a more organic feel) filled with hostas and ferns. My dilemma now is where can I squeeze in our new range of zinc plant pots? I love the shapes, from oval to round, and even a zinc effect planter with stand, I love the range of sizes, and I love that even though they are based on old wash tubs, they look just as good in a sleek modern garden as they do in a romantic country garden.
I’m not sure how I’m going to manage it but those zinc beauties have got my name on them! Amelia, as always, despairs as she has the job of watering my pots when I’m away, but even she has her eye on them. So watch this space!
Photography: Amelia Brooks/ Styling: Jacqui & Amelia Brooks
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