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Container moods

Containers are brilliantly versatile, and you can use them to create whatever mood you want in your garden in Poynings – whether it's lushly tropical, or funky and stylish. We have all sorts of containers to cheer up your mood and make your garden plants real eye-catchers. Make the perfect match by seeking for the same colour container as the flowers of the garden plant. Or, search for opposite colours to create a more playful garden. 

Things you need to know before choosing containers for garden plants:

Container colour

Paint raised garden boxes or wooden containers – both available in our garden centre – to create quirky colour-themed container gardens. Oil-based stains are low-key and tasteful or try waterproof marine paints in vibrant colours. Echo stem or flower colours for a really striking effect.

Plant style

For the jungly look, pick big plants with lush-looking leaves: phormiums, hardy gingers and bamboos all thrive in large containers. For container cottage gardens, plant small-flowered geraniums at the feet of container-grown apple trees. Architectural palms, bamboos and echeverias create a minimalist, clean look. All are available, plus many more, in our garden centre.

Mood management

Clashing colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel such as purple and yellow create vibrant, exciting moods, as do hot colours: red salvias, yellow chrysanthemums and orange daylilies, for example. Harmonious colours – blues, purples, reds – are soothing and calming: pastel shades and white also turn the pressure right down.

Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Poynings for more information and advice about creating containers for special effects in your garden.

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