May006436. The Sunday Telegraph. View of plants in writer Francine Raymond's garden in Whitstable, Kent, for an article about planting in containers. Tuesday August 11, 2015. - http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03424/Francine_and_pots__3424982b.jpg

Autumn containers

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Francine Ryamond gives her ideas for reinventing garden pots Photo: Clara Molden

Why plants in containers are an autumn saviour

There are endless creative possibilities at the end of the summer season to move colour all around the garden

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Looking out at my summer garden, most of the colour seems to come from pots and their contents.

Enamel and galvanised metal buckets full of giant lilies, old industrial containers packed with Salvia and Plectranthus, agricultural feeders and drinkers crammed with herbs – and even annuals in grocery packaging.

May006436. The Sunday Telegraph. View of plants in writer Francine Raymond's garden in Whitstable, Kent, for an article about planting in containers. Tuesday August 11, 2015. - http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03424/Pot_plants_2_Clara_3424989c.jpg
May006436. The Sunday Telegraph. View of plants in writer Francine Raymond’s garden in Whitstable, Kent, for an article about planting in containers. Tuesday August 11, 2015. – http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03424/Pot_plants_2_Clara_3424989c.jpg

All make jolly temporary homes for plants, and allow me to distribute colour where I need it. Most containers are used as cachepots for temporary occupants, others are permanent homes.

I find that plants in containers are especially effective at this time of the year.

Apart from tender lovelies that will need to be moved inside later, summer bulbs that come and go and temporary annuals, I am easily seduced by all sorts of glories at nurseries and like them in view close at hand, until the autumn, when they’re planted out into their permanent position in the garden proper.

Read the full article: The Telegraph

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.