Top of the Pots

As garden designers, it’s important for us to consider all potential features in gardens and which work best with a client’s brief. From pergolas and water features to garden sculpture and lighting, there are many elements to consider and every brief and garden is unique. One of the features we love adding to gardens to add height, interest, different planting considerations and colour is garden planters. The good old garden pot. In this blog we have pulled together some of our favourite pots we have used over the years to showcase why they can be a great addition to the garden and why they are “Top of the Pots”…

Frame a doorway

Garden pots can make a real statement when they frame a door way. Two matching planters, particularly if they have height and stature can make a wonderful first impression of your home. We love these tall, tapered zinc planters in a contemporary teal finish, the perfect finishing touch to this front garden design we completed in Bridge of Allan.

Zinc pots planted with box balls give a contemporary look

Zinc pots planted with box balls give a contemporary look

These tall copper planters have been planted with ilex topiary, making a real statement. The Christmas wreath complements them perfectly…

Tall copper pots with cloud topiary creates a strong look

Tall copper pots with cloud topiary creates a strong look

More copper planters, this time in a rectangular shape to complement this front garden design in Stirling…

Rectangular copper planters create a warm welcome

Rectangular copper planters create a warm welcome

Adding height

Tall planters are a great way of creating height and interest in a garden. We particularly like to group them to make a strong statement. In this front garden in Stirling we grouped three together in front of the client’s window and planted them with grasses so she could enjoy them all year round.

Three ceramic planters look great grouped together providing year round interest

Three ceramic planters look great grouped together providing year round interest

Creating repetition

In this back garden in Stirling we repeated the same planter in different parts of the garden to create repetition and a modern finish to the garden design…

Tall stone planters create a contemporary look to tie in with the garden design and new house extension

Tall stone planters create a contemporary look to tie in with the garden design and new house extension

Mix of styles

A garden can have a mix of different types of pots if they are selected carefully. In this large garden design we completed in Perth they had the space to carry off several pots including ceramic style filled with topiary, urn styles planted with phormium repeated around the garden and a beautiful art deco style pot to reflect the style of the house…

An eclectic mix of pots can work well in a garden to create features in different areas

An eclectic mix of pots can work well in a garden to create features in different areas

Adding colour

Pots are a great way to add colour to the garden and there are some amazing plastic pots at great prices available. These pink pots provide an immediate splash of colour as well as making a statement by adding several into an area. Pots are also a great way to plant something you might not be able to plant in the ground. These pots have blueberries in them which require ericaceous soil as well as protection in winter – no problem when they are in a pot!…

Pink plastic pots are a cheap but effective way to add colour to a garden

Pink plastic pots are a cheap but effective way to add colour to a garden

If you want some advice on how to add some new planters into your garden and what to plant in them then please get in touch.

Vialii

The Garden Gates of Nairn

On our recent holiday to Nairn in Morayshire we couldn’t help but notice the wide and wonderful array of garden gates there. A lot of thought has been put into their garden gates, reflecting their styles and passions. As garden designers, we love it when people think about the details in their gardens making it unique to them. They are often the first thing that greet you when you arrive home or they make the all important entrance to your back garden – they deserve a bit of thought. Here are some of our favourite garden gates of Nairn and why…

This simple picket style gate is an attractive entrance to the garden

This simple picket style gate is an attractive entrance to the garden

 

A cobweb gate adds a spooky slant to the garden - perfect for Halloween!

A cobweb gate adds a spooky slant to the garden – perfect for Halloween!

 

We liked the geometry on this gate

We liked the geometry on this gate

 

Another simple picket style gate. We like the curved tops and the choice of paint colour

Another simple picket style gate. We like the curved tops and the choice of paint colour

Is this the skinniest gate you have ever seen??

Is this the skinniest gate you have ever seen??

 

We like the detailing on this gate and how the fence increases in height to meet it

We like the detailing on this gate and how the fence increases in height to meet it

 

A gate painted to match its neighbouring trellis gives a lovely unified look

A gate painted to match its neighbouring trellis gives a lovely unified look

 

Another painted gate, this one a bold blue and in a traditional style. It works beautifully with all the colours beyond.

Another painted gate, this one a bold blue and in a traditional style. It works beautifully with all the colours beyond.

 

A wrought iron gate is a traditional and hard wearing design

A wrought iron gate is a traditional and hard wearing design

 

Clearly a gate leading to a Rangers' supporters house!

Clearly a gate leading to a Rangers’ supporters house!

 

This was our favourite gate. It has a retro sun-burst design which we love and reminds us of our own garden gates...

This was our favourite gate. It has a retro sun-burst design which we love and reminds us of our own garden gates…

 

Our own garden gate has a sun burst design and is painted slate grey as a lovely contrast to planting

Our own garden gate has a sun burst design and is painted slate grey as a lovely contrast to planting

If you want to discuss any aspect of garden design including your garden gates please get in touch.

Vialii