Container moods

Containers are brilliantly versatile, and you can use them to create whatever mood you want in your garden in Stocksfield – whether it's lushly tropical, or funky and stylish. Here's how:

Container colour: Choose pots in bright colours, or paint raised garden boxes or wooden containers 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 in your container choice 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.

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 Stocksfield garden centre for more information and advice about creating effective, stylish containers in your garden.

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