The right size and shape of pot will help your plant stay healthy as well as making it look good. Try to match the scale of the pot to the height and spread of the plant – and make allowances for fast-growing greenery. Baskets are great for bigger plants – in that first dining room, our Tetbury design suits the plant’s shape and it’s big enough to work with its size as it grows.
With slower-growing plants, like succulents, you can be a bit more creative with shapes, as you won’t need to keep re-potting. Shorter plants with good ground cover look lovely in wide, shallow vessels; taller ceramic pots suit slimmer plants, and so on. And as succulents are usually quite small, they’re great displayed in clusters for an indoor garden feel. Place on benches and small tables to make them look more interesting, and mix and match materials too – a basket like Littleton or a zinc trough works wonders in amongst ceramic pots.
With plants that trail, like ivy, think about using smaller pots and placing them up high – a mantelpiece is ideal, as pictured here, but you could also use hanging planters in front of a window or to brighten a dull corner.
Lastly, consider a vertical wall garden – they’re especially great for herbs in the kitchen. Companies like WallyGro sell modular units for indoor use and, once your plants get going, all you’ll see is a wall of living greenery.