Saturday, 27 July 2013

Pots, plants and window shopping at Homebase

As a born-again gardener I spend a lot of time looking around garden centres looking for ideas and inspiration.

There are two places I go to most often: one is a small local plant nursery run by a lovely man with loads of gardening advice; and the other is Homebase, not only because there's one a very short drive my home (and slap bang next to a Starbucks) but also because they have a really good garden section with plenty of garden plants at very reasonable prices.

I do regular updates about my garden but because this house has never been a long-term option (it was bought with my brother as a 2-5 year investment) I don't want to spend all of my money on plants that can't come with me to the next place, wherever that is.

The answer, of course, is to have more pots. Lovely, portable garden pots and planters.  I already have a few but not enough so off I went for a little pootle around Homebase the other day (I don't need much of an excuse to be fair) and found some really lovely pots.

Dynasty pots from Homebase

I love these Dynasty pots, and they come in several striking jewel colours.

Juno pot from Homebase

I noticed some beautiful fig trees on sale while I was there and as they'd grow happily in a large enough pot what better to show it off than this gorgeous two-tone Juno pot?

In fact, how about two fig trees in pots - one either side of the patio doors? Ooh, I'm very tempted...

Cadiz arbour from Homebase

I'm also looking for something to go on the raised area of the garden, and I think some seating is what's needed.

I've looked at several benches and seats, but would prefer something that combines seating with a bit of shade and privacy and so I'm thinking along the lines of an arbour.


And to add colour and interest I'd trail and train either a clematis or a passionflower over it which would look stunning against the pale wood. Or maybe even both!

Right, that's enough talking about gardening - time to get outside and do a bit of work!

This post is sponsored by Homebase, but all words and opinions are my own.