We have been working behind the scenes to get this blog up and running and have finally decided to ‘turn it on’ despite its imperfections. We aim to provide and inspire you in your endeavours to create a garden with lovely pots and planting. In order to make this blog interesting and useful we seek your comments and contributions. We have come to appreciate the ability of our clients to find new ways of displaying and placing our pots and the wide variety of planting variations used. Italian Terrace want to share this resource with others and hope you find this blog useful and return to us often.
On our first visit to Italy we searched for large pots for our garden. Armed with a few Italian lessons, on a second trip we found a pottery willing to make pots to our designs. Friends liked them, the kitchen table became a desk and Italian Terrace began. Juggling between farming, family and pots we had to move into our dilapidated barn and we gradually improved the garden for visitors. Now fifteen years on, with eleven Chelsea Flower Show Awards and worldwide exports, we have a new kitchen table. Here in Suffolk we have a showroom and large display area with lots of pots, plaques and other articles and you are very welcome to visit, to view or to buy and collect.
WHY ITALIAN TERRACE POTS ARE SO SPECIAL
Our pots take about four weeks to make. We blend the best Italian clay to achieve a pale colour and a special finish is added to create the weathered texture. We make by hand, using traditional press moulded techniques. Gentle air drying and firing at high temperatures in our modern gas kilns ensures strength and durability in the winter months. We have created designs and shapes that suit our classical and contemporary architecture, with the growth of plants in mind.
As you are all well aware this last winter has been the coldest and most prolonged for 30+ years and according to the science press we are in for more in the future. On that cheery note we would like to give advice on looking after pots during these periods.
Remember in all climates to plant following our careful and thought out instructions. For healthy plants and pots good drainage is critical. If pots are empty, like the oil jars where no planting is neccesary, free of soil, plants and water they can be left outside all year.
Think of you planted pots as you would any exposed pipework. Would you lag your external pipes? Do not tempt fate with your lovely pots. We recommend they are wrapped in hessian, fleece or bubble wrap, not very pretty, but hessian can look quite chic. The statues at Versailles are wrapped up each year and emerge for a Spring unveiling.
Dont forget about your pots.
1. Empty them every 2/3 years clean them out.
2. Check the drainage hole is clear.
3. Replace the crock, at least a 1/4 of the pot should contain crock.
4. Replace the terram liner.
5. Add new soil, slow release feed and plants.
Italian Terrace are very pleased to be associated with the following fabulous companies.
Each year we have open days at each other’s gardens.
We hope you will join us and shall forward an invitation to you.
Please send an email with your address and we shall keep you posted.
Cilindro Grande is now made in a whopping 120cm wide by 100cm high. This design comes in 3 smaller sizes and suitable for many types of planting. Pictured here is the 100cm width planted with an Olive tree.