I’m sure I’ve said on here before that I think plants really bring an extra dimension to an interior. There are so many ways of introducing them into your home; strings of pearls in a macramé hanging basket, mini-cacti in odd, vintage cups & mugs. A growing trend is statement foliage in plant stands.
The three I’ve chosen are all up there in the plant fashion stakes. Copper is a metal and colour that’s everywhere in interiors mags and homeware shops at the moment. Olive green is a really in vogue colour – but we would say that though, wouldn’t we? Probably the hottest home trend that’s come around again since it’s 1970s heyday is furniture made of rattan, cane, wicker and bamboo.
- Copper wrought iron and cement footed planter: £21.59, Maisons du Monde
- AM.PM. Florian ceramic planter: £89, La Redoute
- Donna plant stand: £158 – £178, Anthropologie
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Lots of the plants in our garden are in need of potting on. In the past couple of years, some of the plants have become pot-bound, crying out for a bit of leg room. We used to have lots of lovely terracotta pots but after a couple of harsh, cold winters most of them have cracked and shattered.
Little by little, we’ve been replacing the terracotta with more hardy galvanised versions. We’re in the market for quite a few more metal planters. We love vintage dolly tubs but they can be quite dear – some fetching about the £50 mark.
Galvanised metal planters looks great in groups of different sizes and shapes and some have lovely corrugated patterns. Here are some of the best ones we’ve found.
- Fallen Fruits balcony zinc rectangular planter: £13.99, Wayfair
- Two aged zinc troughs – £45, Cox & Cox
- Single galvanised pot: from £2.99, Crocus
- SOCKER plant pot: £6.50, IKEA
- Galvanised iron planter: £7.95, by Ella James on Notonthehighstreet
We’ve just added a dozen of these galvanised metal containers to our garden – the tall shape is a give-away as to their original use.
They’re actually vintage flower sellers’ tubs that once housed the long stems & blooms. A few holes drilled into the bottom and they were ready for their new role as garden planters.
Over the years, we’ve replaced most of our terracotta pots with galvanised containers. We just love the colour of the metal and the small details such as seams & rivets. There’s a great variety in size & shape which makes a collection visually interesting. Dolly tubs, tin baths, water tanks and buckets all make great planters. Another huge advantage is that they don’t break or frost shatter like terracotta and pottery.
We decided to grow all our culinary herbs in this batch of pots – and they’ve taken very well to their new homes!
Way back in March we decided to plant up an old tin bath that was in the back garden just taking up space and the front of the house was in need of a bit more kerb appeal.
We already had two dolly tubs planted up outside the front door and we thought that the long bath would look prefect between them, under the window. We decided that the grey of the galvanised planters would really complement the silvery green of plants like lavender and rosemary.
Here they are in late summer – over a foot tall, in full flower, with the Virginia creeper either side turning that beautiful crimson! How do you think it looks?
Our next project will involve reinstating the iron railings that once enclosed the front of the house. This will provide a contained, private space for lots more containers then!