As experts in garden pottery, we’re often asked what people should consider when choosing pots for outdoor spaces. Everyone has different taste when it comes to design, but we’ve compiled some key factors to consider when selecting the perfect pots.
- Surrounding style
Everyone’s homes and gardens are different and can vary significantly in architectural and design styles. When choosing pots it’s important not to be tempted by exciting new styles without considering how they will fit in with the existing surroundings. Modern and minimalist homes are suited to clean lines and solid colours, usually with large or structural pots. On the other hand, listed houses or older cottages might welcome traditional terracotta planters. Unless your home has a very specific or bold colour palette, natural colours tend to be most effective, adding seamless style whilst showcasing plants and flowers.
- Landscaping space
As a general rule, quality is better than quantity, so it’s best to opt for a fewer number of large, well selected pots than acquire an assortment of mismatches. That said, it can be an issue when our eyes are bigger than our garden, so always consider the size of plot and how pots can be arranged to structure or complement the space, rather than overcrowd it.
- Plant selection
Some people buy pots first and then the plants to fill them, while others look for specific planters to replant or grow existing plants. Regardless of the order, it’s important to think about the flowers or foliage and the type of containers they will be suited to. Root space is crucial, so ensure pots are large enough to accommodate plants and significant growth. Topiary and small trees will also need a substantial base, while containers for vegetables usually require more surface space. Lastly, don’t forget to consider the petal or leaf colour when selecting a glaze.
- Practical purchases
When spending money on pots it’s worth considering practical elements. If you move house regularly or want to regularly reshuffle planters, it can be wise to opt for lighter or smaller pottery. In addition, make sure pottery is labelled ‘frost-proof’ to ensure it survives harsh weather and better protects plants. Poor quality pottery can end up being the more expensive choice, so consider the quality and durability of pots to ensure they last longer and maximise your plants and garden.