Sarah Raven gives us her perfect pots for planting this spring, for some summer colour
If you are planting up pots you'll want to follow these tips to create the most beautiful pot displays in your garden this summer...
1. First, choose a limited range of colours, not a general razzmatazz of yellow, pink, purple, blue, red and orange. Narrow it down to one close family of colours, not perfectly matched, but in a harmonious range.
2. Once you've chosen a good range, pot them on into pretty terracotta pots - the more weather beaten the pot the better. Or, for polyanthus which likes a moist soil, plant them in any small salad or serving bowl filled with multi-purpose potting compost.
Most plants you come across need good drainage so you have to fill the bottom of a bowl like this with plenty of crocks to keep their roots free of standing water, but with polyanthus - closely related to the primrose - a degree of dampness at the roots is fine.