We make our pots to remain in the garden all year round, including the winter months. With dramatic changes in climate now a regular feature, please take extra care with your pots and plants against severe drops in temperature and strong winds.
Frost pockets can occur, so a wrapping of fleece is advisable if you are at risk. Some areas of the country do suffer from large amounts of rain and have sudden temperature changes, from freezing to sun, it is best to protect. At Versailles in Paris, the statues are wrapped for the winter with very stylish hessian and string, no need to look ugly.
Cracked pots are rarely the result of frost. Mostly impact or misuse is to blame, for example, please ensure that you do not weaken a pot by using the edge as leverage for your spade.
We have planted up many pots over the years… and perhaps the most important lesson that our experience has taught us is that plants and pots with poor drainage can suffer.
Drainage is vital, and our tried and tested instructions should always be followed for the health of plants, and the life of your pots. See ‘how to pot up’ for more information.
In time your pots will weather more and grow lichen – this seems to be appealing to most people, but it is a matter of taste. Minerals in the soil and water will be absorbed into the clay and have an effect on the pot’s future appearance. To help keep the pots ‘clean’ you could use the ‘pot in a pot’ technique (see advice leaflet for instructions).