1. PLOT YOUR POT
Consider where your pot will be located. Are you looking for a statement or hero piece? Something imposing with definite wow factor? Or perhaps it’s more about functionality. For example, do you need slimline troughs to create privacy on a balcony?
2. DECIDE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
Think about your personal aesthetic and the interior/exterior of your home. Is it contemporary and slick, or traditional and formal? Look for a pot to match.
Above all, you need to choose a piece that you love, one that resonates with you.
3. SIZE EVERYTHING UP
Your pot needs to be size-appropriate for your space, but be bold in terms of scale. If in doubt, always go for the larger size.
The last thing you want to do in a confined space is to use lots of little pots, as this will just make the space look cluttered and even smaller. Go for either one big specimen or a simple group of three.
4. GET COMPOSING
If you are buying a cluster of pots, it’s important to mix the textures and sizes in order to create an interesting composition.
Try three different sizes in three compatible textures. I recommend using pots in the same colour – personally, I love white – but in different textures.
A slick and shiny fibreglass cylinder teamed with an old, lime-washed Turkish planter and a glazed Moroccan oil jar, for example, would make a perfect combination.
5. BE CAREFUL WITH COLOUR
Avoid strong primary colours, which can be jarring to the eye and draw too much attention to the pot. If you want some colour contrast, choose a soft shade such as buttermilk, dark chocolate or white.
6. MAKE AN INVESTMENT
It’s worth investing money in a hero piece for a prominent location. Use less expensive pots for more functional areas; in these spaces you want to look at the plants inside the pots rather than at the pots themselves.
7. PLAY WITH MATERIALS
I am in love with terracotta. I think it’s a classic, underrated material that needs to come back into our gardens. I especially love big, hand-thrown terracotta pots that will age gracefully in the sun.
8. AND REMEMBER...
Always buy the best available potting mix and ensure that the pot is raised off the ground for good drainage.
Rather than using feet, I use pieces of 10mm-thick compressed rubber to raise a pot. It creates an interesting shadow line at the base.
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