Immediately I read the word ‘container‘ I think of plants – in pots. As someone who only has a container ‘garden‘ I am always on the lookout for ways in which to grow such plants and the type of containers used. A glasshouse, is of course, a container too since its job is to contain plants that otherwise would not survive outdoors.

 Old Terracotta Pots are my favourite


and in some gardens you find ornate urns which would suit the style of my home, but sadly they are too big


Plastic pots and seed trays are invaluable to the gardener


and sometimes people use the most unusual containers


or what about this lion-guarded bowl of thyme in the Herb Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden?

DSCF2425-cutoutDo you have any preference?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

38 thoughts on “Containers”

  1. They are all so charming and inviting. I greatly miss my larger outdoor spaces in previous homes, but container gardening has come into its own. Have you tried, or do you have anywhere to try, the wall devices for vertical gardening? I am putting that on my project wish list to research whether that might be feasible on any of my outdoor walls. Would love to hear some recommendations for apparatus or plants that work well for that.

    1. Vertical gardening is one way to go. I haven’t tried because we are in a rental house and I don’t want to damage the walls, but my neighbour has planted trees in containers and grows clematis through them. My only vertical is an obelisk with sweet-peas 🙂

      1. Obelisk and sweet peas sounds perfect! I had to leave my obelisk behind on last move because the honeysuckle had become so entwined I didn’t want to chop it to free the obelisk. My karma gift to new owners 😦

        1. Well that’s a lovely gift to leave them. I have considered growing honeysuckle here around the wrought-iron railings, but figure it would be difficult to move.

  2. What a great variety of containers. I really enjoy everyone’s riff on a theme, and the way their blog identity shapes their take. You of course do gardens, but with unexpected twists like the glasshouse; and your signature tilt and your whatever-you-did-to-the-white-flowers-with-the-purple-hearts. My favourites? The statue, and the wheelbarrow with its long stalked denizens.

    1. I wanted to buy the statue in the greenhouse – he looked so lovely amongst the pots of Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose) and Pelargoniums. My sort of place. I suppose I should have posted this on the garden blog.

  3. I love the wheelbarrow too, Jude, and would never have thought of planting it with those tall gladioli. But the best bit is the idea of a MOVABLE garden – flowers on wheels – way-hey…

  4. You did it! And a perfect fit it is too 🙂
    Love the urns and the barrow, and that ‘faded out’ job you’ve done.

    1. Thanks Jo! Still got my Monday walk to do for you though – still there is only rubbish on TV tonight so I may get some of it done 😉

    1. They’re not cheap though are they? Even small ones if frost proof are a few quid. I do like the tall ones.

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