How to choose the right plant pot

Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. They can also be used as a framing device, sculptural element or as a centrepiece for your backyard, balcony or courtyard. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.

Location, location, location: outdoor vs indoor pots

First of all, decide whether your pot is going to live indoors or outdoors. Stone or concrete is a good choice for outdoor pots that will be exposed to the elements. They tend to be a bit heavier so it’s a good idea to place them where they won’t need to move. Indoor pots tend to be more lightweight so they can be easily moved according to your style.

Reflect your style

Tuscan Path have a great range of pots to choose from in all sorts of designs, colours and styles. Choose a pot that will suit your style and your home. Timeless and traditional, or contemporary and chic? There are pots to suit every taste.

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Size matters

Obviously, all plants need room to grow. So it’s important to get your plant-to-pot ratio right. For the sake of the plant, choose a pot that will provide enough height and depth to hold the plant. Also, make sure the pot isn’t too big or small for the plant as this will look a bit odd.

Correct weight

There are now lightweight pots made of plastic composite materials that are absolutely perfect for small spaces and apartment balcony living. These include the Tuscan Path Stone Art range, which are a stone and plastic blend and the Tuscan Path Stream Lite range, which are a concrete and plastic blend. There is also the Tuscan Path Abbey pot, which is a fibreglass pot that is a lightweight and incredibly stylish option for balcony gardens or indoors.

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Natural or man made?

Tuscan Path have pots made of natural materials like timber and terracotta, which will age gracefully and grow in character. Pots made of materials like glass reinforced cement or timber composites offer a natural look with the added bonus of being durable, hard wearing and even UV resistant.

Go with the flow: pots and drainage

All plants need adequate drainage, otherwise they’ll drown in excess water. Outdoor pots should have at least one drainage hole to ensure water can run freely through the soil and out the bottom. Indoor pots will generally not have a drainage hole, with the plant generally kept in its plastic pot with a saucer beneath it.

Find your perfect pot

For more great balcony and courtyard garden ideas, check out our full range of pots from Tuscan Path.

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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