Pots and planters give gardens versatility and vibrancy, as you can place them almost anywhere to create new growing space, even where the floor is hard or the soil is poor.
Just a few planters can liven up a patio and can literally elevate lawns and decking by adding height to the flat floor.
Pick plants that complement your planters, so one doesn't overpower the other, and you should have a flexible and great-looking garden that can be reconfigured for a whole new look just by rearranging the pots.
Shape and size
Choosing the right shape and size of pots and planters can make the most of your outdoor space and give you plenty of growing area.
For smaller gardens, consider a rectangular planter that can go up against a wall or in a corner, and take up less space overall.
In larger outdoor areas or if you want to break up those straight lines, round planters are the go-to choice and give you 360 degrees of viewing angles to work with.
Prepare your planter
Get your planters ready to go - and ready to grow - with potting grit and good quality compost.
Potting grit is incredibly versatile. Use it in the bottom of tall pots and planters to add weight and stability, or put it on as a top dressing for aesthetic effect on the soil surface.
Make sure your compost is well watered when you fill your planters, as dry soil will settle when you first water it, and be ready either way to top up your pots with a little extra earth if the surface level drops.
Make it mobile
If you plan to move your planters around and change up the look of your garden every few days or weeks, make sure your bigger pots are easy to move.
You can get planter stands with wheels, which not only make your pots and planters more portable, but also elevate them off the ground which can help with frost protection and drainage.
Put your plant pots on stands before filling them, and you shouldn't need to do any heavy lifting to get them into place or relocate them later.
Mix and match
There are all kinds of planters to choose from, ranging from traditional terracotta pots, to modern plastic planters in every conceivable colour.
If you prefer a consistent colour scheme in your garden, pick pots and planters from the same range or in the same colours, and you can put them anywhere you want while knowing you'll always get a well-defined aesthetic.
Alternatively, express yourself with containers in every colour of the rainbow, and even when your flowers are not in bloom, there'll always be a splash of vibrancy in your garden.
Shopping for planters can be fun in itself, and we have plenty to choose from at Bents, so take a trip to your local garden centre and find your new favourites.
While you're there, don't forget to add hanging baskets, potting grit and some plug plants or flower seeds to your order, and you'll have all kinds of ways to elevate the look of your garden in the coming months.