Portable Garden



There are multiple reasons people are drawn to container gardening. If you rent, it will enable you to take your portable garden with you everywhere you go. If you live in a unit, it will allow you to colour your world while maximising your space. You can keep them indoors or outdoors depending on the plants you wish to use. They are versatile, can be personalised and are easier to maintain.



Location, location, location

Firstly, you need to work out where you want to position your new portable garden. Depending on whether this is indoors or outdoors, you need to ensure you’re selecting the right species of plants for the climate they will be growing in.

If you are looking to place your containers indoors, ensure light levels are adequate. Even plants labelled ‘indoor’ can perish if lacking light exposure. Some plants like devils ivy are fantastic indoor low maintenance plants, as they require limited light to flourish.

When planning an outdoor project, work out how much and what type of sun (morning or afternoon) your containers will receive.



Which type of containers

Choosing the type of container you are wanting to plant out really depends on the style and look you are wanting to achieve. The choice of containers is endless and really depends on personal preference.

Get creative! Using upcycled/recycled materials is a cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative to purchasing brand new pots. Wheel barrows, old fire pits and even drinking troughs can add an element of character to your space. These are perfect if you have the space to display them. They are easy to replant and move if necessary and more manageable to care for if you don’t have the time to maintain a large area.



The do’s and don’ts

Pot drainage is something to consider when planting out your pots. Additional stones added to the bottom of the pot provide a layer between soil and residual water, ensuring the soil does not stagnate. Simply drilling holes into your containers to ensure water flows efficiently to prevent rot is another great drainage solution. Most pots/containers made for planting will have drainage already in place however it is something you need to review when upcycling items.

Clustering of pots is a great way to add privacy to an area while still being manuable. Planting native hedges is the perfect no fuss privacy screen. We would suggest Syzygium ‘Cascade’ for its beautiful pink new foliage and pom pom shaped flowers. Syzygium grows well when left unmanicured and is acclimated to the extreme summer heat we experience in Australia.

Plant pairing should also be taken into consideration. You need to ensure that if you are creating a portable garden with mixed varieties, that they all require the same light levels and water amounts. You cannot place a drought tolerant plant with a tropical piece. Make sure you’re making the right choices when planting out your containers. If you are looking to plant herbs and vegetables, these will particularly benefit from correctly pairing. Plants like nasturtiums are great to pair with edible plants and will act as a natural insecticide.


If you are looking for inspiration and want some fantastic examples of portable gardens, look no further than one of our show piece projects, West Village in West End. We have combined numerous species of plants all within ancient style concrete pots. Wherever you live, it is possible to create a green and inviting space. Good luck and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram and we will repost your creations!


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