Planting containers by your holiday home has many advantages. Firstly, it will provide an immense amount of colour but it also softens a great deal of the hard landscape that surrounds your holiday home. Plants can flourish on the patio, up the steps into your holiday home, or even around the lawned area surrounding your home.
Planting containers are great fun and it can be a great way to keep the little ones busy, giving you that much needed rest during your time away! Plants will also make your veranda area appear more inviting and homely, with plenty of colour and occasional visitors including the local butterflies, birds and bees.
There are many different types you can plant and containers are often the best way to go. Planting the right type of plants can not only improve the look of your holiday home but will also provide you with a magnificent array of fragrances and tastes.
I’ve listed my magnificent 7 plants which are a great for embellishing your holiday home
This plant ticks so many boxes. It originates from the Mediterranean so can tolerate dryer areas making it perfect for containers. Lavender is very compact and therefore offers you a lot of value for money.
The soft fragrance also means you can cut and dry the flowers to freshen up your clothing drawers. It has needle-like silvery foliage which is evergreen and bears short, upright spikes that stand above the plant, making it a favourite for the butterflies and the bees.
This herb grows fantastically well in containers and can be used as a tasty topping on pizzas. It has a traditional green colouration, but you can get a one which has a spicy taste reminiscent of chilli peppers but it’s just the natural flavour of the foliage.
Love goes where my Rosemary grows! Also Mediterranean like lavender, Rosemary will eventually outgrow the container but you can keep it in a decent sized pot for a few years, before taking it out and planting it back in your garden. It has purple flowers with an evergreen colour and provides a really flavoursome seasoning for your roast lamb.
Mint is great for pepping up drinks like Pimm’s, or even a warming mug of mint tea. In cooking terms mint sauce is delightful with your succulent roast lamb. Best grown in a container as in the ground it can be very invasive and take over your beds. There are many different variations including apple mint, pepper mint, spearmint and event chocolate mint.
Another favourite for all meat eaters. Similarly to mint, Horseradish is an invasive plant meaning it’s far easier to manage within a container. It has a lot of foliage and the root can be used for that punchy horseradish sauce on your beef for a Sunday roast.
Famously tasty with fish, this plant is very interesting due to its unique appearance with those crinkled leaves. It can be a great garnish for soups and in addition to some butter on those new potatoes.
Often underestimated sage is immensely flavoursome herb, commonly added to a delicious stuffing for a roast dinner, or even as an additive into cheese. It’s ideal for growing in containers and has an attractive purple flower. The foliage will last all year round and can come in green, move and even gold.
These magnificent 7 are all very practical plants, ideal for containers. They all look great around a holiday home but also have an olfactory use and can be great for cooking.