This cottage-style planting scheme is perfect for adding a splash of colour and charm to an otherwise dull corner. Here, we’ve used a large grey pot to show off the more vibrant colours of the plants, especially greens. Leaf textures are just as important as flowers in this display, as they add richness to the design.
This display combines pastel tones with white, dark and a splash of yellow for a punchy accent. It’s good for wildlife, too – the aquilegia and scabious will attract bees, moths and other beneficial insects. Achillea is great for hoverflies and provides seeds for birds, while the hesperis is a caterpillar food plant of the orange-tip butterfly.