Ideas for a brickweave driveway

We've just turned our driveway to brickweave (it was a huge block of concrete and some badly laid gravel.  We're new to gardening and have a monsterously huge back garden to contend with (and we also wanted to be able to get both cars in front of the house).  We've kept a blossom tree in the front corner and a big rose near the front door.  We were thinking we'd add the colour and 'garden' back into it with pots but I don't know where to start, if they're too small they'll get lost (or stolen) and I don't want a big one with a tree in as we've got the tree and large rose.  What sort of pots or planters are good and where is best to buy that sort of thing and what's good tips do you have for plants to go in them.  I'm a novice so be kind and use words I'll understand!

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,314

    Large pots are better than small pots because they hold more moisture and don't need  watering as often. They are also less likely to be nicked, as you have said. 

    Is the garden very sunny all day or in shade or a bit of both? Hot sun also dries pots out at an amazing rate and if you go on holiday you will need a kind neighbour with access to a hosepipe in order to keep the pots wet enough while you are away.

    Any terracotta pots you buy should be marked as frost proof, not frost resistant, or you will find that they disintegrate in very cold weather.

    Not sure about what you would consider to be expensive, but I would favour one really big trough over several small containers. You don't need to fill a trough with big plants. You could have a magnificent display of spring bulbs, for example.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,314

    This may not be your cup of tea at all, but something that will last and not be stolen

    http://www.primrose.co.uk/black-polyterrazzo-trough-h50cm-l100cm-set-p-66249.html?cPath=2_816&src=list_rating

     

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    Am a big fan of Elho pots and planters. Amazon sells them:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=node%3D305256011&field-keywords=elho&rh=n%3A305256011%2Ck%3Aelho

    I have quite a few of them now and they really add colour.

  • Thank you, definitely going to go for a trough thank you!

     

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