In the corner of our small patio are the patio pots. They’re gathered together like a big family and nicely frame the view out of the patio doors. I know that we first started with just one pot on the very corner on a little brick pedestal about four years ago. That looked somewhat lonely all on its own and so the year after it was accompanied by three more pots around it.
The year after, more pots appeared when we were given mint plants and saffron bulbs and it also became the summer home for the Strelitzia. This year, we’ve got a somewhat extended family of several pots crowded together like one big reunion.
The proliferation of the patio pots is mainly the result of using them as the default option for when we’re given or buy plants and just can’t decide where to put them. This also happens when I get too many bulbs and run out of room to plants them (e.g. lilies).
The pot collection does look lovely, but we would struggle to fit the table and chairs on the patio with them all (which is supposed to be the reason for having a patio). Rather embarrassingly, my preference for getting cheap plants can also be seen on the right patio rose.
I’m not sure how much more this collection can expand before it really does become too much. Unfortunately, as long as I have an endless supply of plants but limited border space, then I’ll just carry on saying, “it’s all going to pot!”