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Planting a Hot Coloured Copper Pot

Copper pot with hot coloured plants: Calibrachoa 'Million Bells Crackling Fire', French marigolds, Sanvitalia procumbens, Gazania 'Gazoo Orange', Gazania 'Gazoo Clear Yellow' and Carex comans 'Milk Chocolate' - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Copper pot with hot coloured plants: Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Crackling Fire’, French marigolds, Sanvitalia procumbens, Gazania ‘Gazoo Orange’, Gazania ‘Gazoo Clear Yellow’ and Carex comans ‘Milk Chocolate’ – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Match beautiful plants to an out-of-the-ordinary container, and the overall effect is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Tins, bowls, baskets, crates, kettles, scuttles, pails, pots and pans are some of the many alternative containers that, with minor modifications, make remarkable plant partners. This unpolished, old brass coal scuttle turns a matt, reddish brown colour that suits hot coloured plants — Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Crackling Fire’, French marigolds, trailing Sanvitalia procumbens, Gazanias ‘Gazoo Orange’ and ‘Gazoo Clear Yellow’. In the centre is the ornamental grass, Carex comans ‘Milk Chocolate’, which provides a perfect foil to the bright colours.

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Cherry Hill

The south facing sloping aspect of cherry hill garden garden has open and long reaching views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside - © Lee Avison/GAP Photos

The south facing sloping aspect of cherry hill garden garden has open and long reaching views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside – © Lee Avison/GAP Photos

This garden is set amongst the dramatic scenery of the Peak National Park.

Surrounding the detached sandstone house, built in 1895, the soil is a mixture of acid and alkaline which allows the gardener great scope for a mixture of different plants and shrubs. An organic vegetable plot nestles in between a huge area of aquilegia and raspberries. The orchard has been carpeted with geraniums; wild life is encouraged by several bird and bee boxes. Sage, thyme and lavender in the herb garden add a sensory aspect to the garden and the colour themed borders give immediate visual appeal. One-acre naturally planted artists’ garden. The S-facing aspect is a delightful blend of herbaceous borders, secret areas, and a geranium carpeted orchard. Sculptures hidden amongst the foliage reflect the quirky and different style, which the present owner has brought to this garden Follow the gravelled paths, under hazel archways into the vegetable plot. Wander to the bottom of the garden past the large herbaceous border under the shade of the mature cherry trees, where hostas and ferns line the pathway. The s-facing sloping aspect of this garden has open and long reaching views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. A delightful blend of flowers, fruit and veg.

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Barbara Durowicz

Nymphaea alba in the pond between Lavandula and Antirrhinum majus - Snapdragons - © Joanna Kossak/GAP Photos

Nymphaea alba in the pond between Lavandula and Antirrhinum majus – Snapdragons – © Joanna Kossak/GAP Photos

The garden is dominated by cool coloured flowers and has a small pond, patio and secret garden with a statue of young lady within it.

Garden sculpture covered by Clematis chinensis - © Joanna Kossak/GAP Photos

Garden sculpture covered by Clematis chinensis – © Joanna Kossak/GAP Photos

Architect and owner Barbara Durowicz designed her garden 10 years ago, she was inspired by English cottage gardens and mainly chose English species of plants to achieve her desired look.

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