Posted: 03/11/2013 at 14:03
I've bought decent plastic pots in GCs before. My favourites are a large terracotta look alike with a scrolled decoration and two others which look like patinated copper. Light to move, frost proof and lasting well after about 10 years.
You can sometimes get special offfers at the end of season as GCs clear stock to make way for Xmas displays.
If you do buy terracotta, it helps to paint it with a clear acrylic varnish in up to 3 coats (not more as it goes filmy) to reduce water absorption and then stand them on pot feet t help drainage. I would still remove them to a frost free place for winter.