Over the years I’ve tried many different combinations of plants and pots on the terrace in front of the house. At the moment though, I am loving a white theme.
The mixed borders along the terrace (that so many of you helped me plan several years ago!) are basically planted in blues, whites and greys, with a nearly black elderflower on each side. It works well to carry on the white theme on the terrace itself, but of course the challenge is to find the right plants that will relay from one to the next to allow for continual colour and bloom.
Right now is probably the most spectacular season with the big hydrangeas in flower, and the white agapanthus so proud, but I also use white gaura, pansies (in white, blue and black); white penstemons; anthemis daisies and white roses. I also have some big lavenders near the front door just for the pleasure of their perfume as we brush past them, and some little white flowering strawberries for my breakfast bowl.
Planting in pots has the advantage of being able to move the pots around to always have the best ones on show. The pots that have finished flowering or are yet to do their stuff can be kept waiting on the sidelines.
Of course, the soil in a pot is limited and quickly exhausted, but providing you remember to water and feed regularly, pots are a great addition to the garden and can adapt to any climate or style.
I plan to bring in some pots of box for the fall and winter, that will be a great counterbalance for the busy flowers next year.
And how about you, in your part of the world? What works best on your terrace?