We have recently had a large portion of our garden concreted. It used to be grassed so you would’ve thought we would have kept it like that.
The problem was, it wasn’t a luscious, green, bouncy, lawn. It was field grass and not only was it difficult to pick up doggy do from, in wet weather it was boggy and, it just didn’t work for us-especially with an inquisitive toddler.
Once the concrete was down, Hubster could see me itching to decorate it.
The problem with having all of your garden in pots though, is that they are all mostly the same level which is fine but, I wanted the differing heights you would naturally get in an ordinary garden.
So I raided the farm, my local garden centre and WILKO.
Here are my 5 Ways to get Height in a Pot-Only Garden.
1. I suppose the easiest way to add height would be hanging baskets. I actually had these hanging off my fence until Hubster took them back to our little barn. I think it is good to remember that they don’t therefore have to be hung from brackets in the traditional sense.
2. Fence pots. You can buy these Elho pots from many garden centres and they are a brilliant idea. They come with a hole so that they sit on a fence or wall. They are suited to bedding plants or small shrubs-I have a small lavender plant in one of mine and I think they look really effective.
3. I am always looking out for mad things to plant things in. From a chipped Cath Kidston mug which I just couldn’t throw away to old olive oil canisters-they all add differing heights.
4. Likewise, this reel-tidy caught my eye because it is yellow and matches the pots I re-sprayed last year. We get loads of these but I am sure if you asked at your local timber merchant or similar, they would save one for you. I was tempted to ask at my local Italian restaurant for a larger oil drum but I haven’t got round to it yet.
5.My ultimate favourite thing this Spring however has got to be this clever pot stacker from Wilko. I actually saw an advert for them on social media and headed straight over to their website. The Pot stacker is just £5 and each pot is 75p so all in all, it cost me £11.75 and it will look even more amazing when all the bedding plants are trailing over.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your garden have height or look nice. You just have to keep your eyes peeled for anything remotely hollow. Just this week I saw someone plant flowers in an old chest of drawers and my closest neighbour has used a pair of old Doc Martin boots.
Now where are our old wellies?