Go on, go potty this winter
Pottering around in the garden this time of year is rewarding and actually warmer than being inside
THE cold mornings and warm days in Ipswich are just divine.
Winter provides us with the perfect excuse to get outside, it’s warmer than inside! I love pottering around the yard at this time of year.
Pottering to me means going “Potty for Pots”!
I think adding pots to your garden is a great way to mix things up without permanently changing anything.
You can use a variety of terracotta and glazed pot shapes and sizes as well as a mixture of vibrant coloured flowers to create a brilliant show.
The best thing about a potted garden is that it is entirely moveable. If by chance you don't want to fill a few pots one season you could move them away and still have a great look.
A great tip is always use height and colour. Some pots could be blocks of colour, others could have a mixture. I like using tall pots with low growing things in them. Pots could have a mixture of tall and small flowers. In some pots you could even use tall ornaments and surround them with small growing annuals.
Plant bulbs in amongst flowers so that the bulbs seem to pop out of nowhere and surprise you.
In winter you can’t go past a beautiful pot of flowering annuals. We plant out around all our big trees in winter. It looks absolutely stunning when they are all in flower.
There are so many beautiful flowering plants that look great in pots. Azaleas are looking fantastic at this time of year and some people find they grow better in pots. Some of my other favourites are Camellia sasanquas, Princettia Poinsettia, osteopermum Blue Eyes, geraniums, Rose Rose King, kangaroo paws – honestly the list is endless …
Jazz up boring pots with some ornaments. I'm sure many of us have ornaments that are broken that we can’t bear to part with. Put it in a pot with some flowers around it. Maybe you’ve received a beautiful ornament for a present and not quite sure what to do with it as it doesn’t match your décor. Put it in a pot.
Here at Trevallan, we are always using broken or unusual ornaments to “complete” a potted pot! We have a pot of succulents with some pebbles and a Buddha. There are pots with cupids and pansies or there are pots with chooks and veggies.
The trick with pots is always use the best quality potting mix and fertilise regularly. We use Searles ‘Peat 80’ and fertilise regularly with Organic Link and/or Triple Boost. Warm up this winter by going potty! Have some fun with your pots and ornaments and remember like the seasons change, so can your pots.
Some ❛❛ pots could be blocks of colour, others could have a mixture.
It’s the perfect time of year to get your hands dirty and get potting in the garden.