How to display garden pots in your garden, terrace or patio

How to display garden pots in your garden, terrace or patio

Tips on how to arrange your garden pots and planters from a beautiful private garden. Garden pots can fill gaps in your border, add colour to your backyard, terrace or patio, frame doors and pathways and allow you to grow difficult plants easily. Plus tips on potscaping, or the art of arranging pots in groups.

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  1. Barb W. on June 14, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Excellent video! So many things to consider when using potted plants, and you have laid it all out in an intelligent way. Thank you!

  2. The Thrifted Planter on June 14, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    I love displaying pots in my garden. Great video

  3. Alice Potter on June 14, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I found your channel through Linda Vader. You ladies are so knowledgeable and inspiring!

  4. Neli Borba on June 14, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    This is another beautiful garden, I love the high surrounding wall.

  5. Hisham Kamal on June 14, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Alexandra- I cam across your channel a few days ago. Great videos and lots of good information!

  6. Wendy Nicholss on June 14, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    I have pots either side of my door but whatever I put in them one tree always dies!!! It’s weird, I think maybe one side is more windy than the other but not sure.

  7. megan blasco on June 14, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    I love your channel as it has so much good information. Thank you!

  8. Vicky Wilson on June 14, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    What kind of Skimmia does Diane Perry use in her pots at her front door, they look great.

  9. Cindy Szoke on June 14, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you gorgeous!

  10. Jo Beejay on June 14, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Any ideas for colour on a budget for a planter at a North facing front door? I have a huge pot and struggle to create anything other than a random mass of foliage which looks flat from a distance. One day, I’ll have a large architectural specimen, but till then, I keep trying!

  11. deepali b on June 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Such lovely pots!so well arranged!

  12. Amanda Muzyka on June 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful pots!

  13. Ramesh Babu on June 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm


  14. Jaymee Mangang on June 14, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Sofie: I hope I’m not late for the luncheon!

  15. Too Sense on June 14, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I enjoy using pots underneath trees where it is impossible to dig because of roots. For many years I have collected blue and white pottery and blue glazed pots. I had them scattered about in my garden but recently gathered several of them to one area and planted things of various heights, flowering trees, topiaries, baby box gems, and some smaller plants and flowers. It’s created a mini garden and the colors pop against that deep blue base.

  16. Julia Binford on June 14, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you once again for a wonderful tour that offers so much inspiration. That garden is so elegant

  17. Marie Damon on June 14, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I love the old pots my mum used to use a lot of old pots her garden was beautiful .and I realy want to learn gardening these videos are so help full thank you x

  18. deepali b on June 14, 2021 at 7:41 pm


  19. FlowerGrower Smith on June 14, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    oh great! I was hoping you’d get to this one day. I saw a vid from Bunny Guinness who does a great trick of cutting out the bottom out of the pot and letting the plant root through into the ground. Rarely has to water them, and they can’t be stolen. Enjoyed this video – inspiring Alexandra!

  20. elsa Grace on June 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    The friend looks like a gorgeous old and intelligent Melania who has accepted herself. Nothing like Melania from the inside. She is just lovely.

  21. S murphy on June 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    We are all blessed to be gardeners , cannot imagine life without

  22. Earthneedplants on June 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    amazing dear stay connected lots of love from india

  23. Maita Basa on June 14, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you so so much for the advice. I am pot mania and have learned a lot.

  24. Wende on June 14, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I bought 4 large Italianate pots this time last yr., plastic but looking like real terra cotta, I do love them. They’re still in the shed because I just couldn’t decide how to use them, now I know what I’ll do. I plan to widen the garden along my sidewalk with a soft curve, I think they’ll look great along the edge. I really do enjoy your videos. Thanks for having such great interviews now and then.

  25. Jenny Young on June 14, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for another great helpful video.

    I’d love to see a video on growing edibles indoors through the winter if you don’t have a greenhouse.

  26. Kevin Durham on June 14, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Very helpful garden tip, I’m going to roll around in my garden as soon as I can, let’s be YouTube mate?

  27. MARGARET MAGNUSON on June 14, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Totally agree with the info on Hostas. I live in the Pacific Northwest , in the USA, and have always used lots of pots. My hostas are huge now, and have always lived in pots. I use crushed egg shells at their base to stave off slugs.

  28. Judy Whittlesey on June 14, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    I am 70 this year and with a disability injury that limits me, I miss gardening. After many years, I have decided to try again, using only pots, so I am thrilled to discover this channel!

  29. Sharon Haines on June 14, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    What kind of Roses do you put in pots? They must not be too big, I suppose.

  30. Bunny Francis on June 14, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Another fabulous video. Oh how I love visiting England with you.!!!

  31. KLV ADS BootieBoot on June 14, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Huge thanks to Alexandra for another intelligent, beautifully edited, info-packed episode! I toyed with the idea of putting pots in bed to fill gaps but I lacked the nerve to try it (feeble, I know). Seeing it done so successfully is incredibly helpful, and the short but in-depth piece provides all the details we need. Really excellent piece.

  32. DJ Chiesa on June 14, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    I’ve an assortment of old pots which I love but the freeze is cracking them. How can I protect my pots in the winter? I’m thinking that wherever they were made the firing was not done well as I am on N.CA. and the freeze in the winter/spring is not that severe, at times getting down around 26 so it’s not like I’m in the 10’s or 0-minus range hence the pots should not be eroding.

  33. Spencer Wilton on June 14, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Needs a health warning- pots are addictive! We decided to limit ourselves to a small number of large pots for awkward areas when we moved here. A year later and there are perhaps fifty in various locations around the garden, and another dozen hidden away behind the shed waiting for them to spring into life and be rotated with those starting to go over. We keep a small supply of bedding plants on hand to fill any gaps or replace anything that gets eaten, and have sometimes resorted to placing pots in pots, just to fill a hole until other plants get large enough.

    For potscapes we find lightweight concrete blocks are useful for raising the height of the rear pots and creating a cascade effect. The are easy to handle, cheap to buy, and unobtrusive.

  34. Heather on June 14, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Some very nice pots & some very good advice. Many thanks :0)

  35. Jennifer S on June 14, 2021 at 7:58 pm


  36. Tony Critcher on June 14, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    I am not really a great fan of pots, but loved the way they were featured in this video. Lots of ideas!

  37. Bettina Schmid on June 14, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I love your videos! Thank you!

  38. Fiz Newington on June 14, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    How have you got on with the shaded area where the trellis used to be?

  39. 13thgenerationAmerican on June 14, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    I have a limited budget for fancy pots but lately I will buy classical fiberglass ones because they just are lighter and easier to move around the garden. Also I’ll buy cheaper ceramic pots maybe pay an extra 10 for ones that are unique shape. Finally if I must buy cheap plastic pots I nearly always spruce it up with a better color using spray paint. “hammered”, or stone-like, thicker paint with gloss is a good way to disguise an ugly plastic pot

  40. jenniewilliamsmural on June 14, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    What a lovely garden and great execution. I’m very impressed by the beautiful curved stone wall with the concrete planter. This winter I plan to make some concrete planters – and maybe a concrete obelisk for roses to lean upon.
    Warm regards

  41. Ellen Rugg on June 14, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Very little info here…