Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:16
Liz, don't be guided by anything deemed not to be "posh". The aesthetic quality of many pots and containers now is pretty good. There are advantages too...lightweight, can hold on to moisture better (for summer stuff) and you can buy more for your money.
compare the cheapos available...feel the weight and consider the robustness of them. Some are rubbish. Some are good. They look similar to genuine terracotta pots too esp when planted up. They will last a few years...5 or more. When they break up you can easily replace them.
Avoid those containers that narrow near the top ...they can be unstable in strong winds.
I have old chimney pots and old enamel sinks I have turned into stone troughs and these are excellent. I have a few terracotta and several plastic. I hate those white plastic ones and many metal ones are over priced and of poor quality. Not too keen on painting them except for chimney pots which are of a subdued grey/stone colour. Unless you have a very special container don't draw attention to it....few people notice containers ...it's the plants we notice