The Potting Bench Diaries

Book Review: ‘Pots’ by Harriet Rycroft

Did you know……that you can grow almost anything in pots and containers?

Well you can! AND Harriet Rycroft will show you exactly how to do it!

It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Pop some compost in a pot, add a plant or two, a little more compost and you’re done – simple. Now, it can be as simple as that – but container growing is also a bit of an art form – it’s a way of growing, a choice, a decision that will lead you down a dangerous path. That is a path that leads to more and more pots until your garden is rammed full of them, which – in my mind – is no bad thing?

However, knowing where to start can be tricky – cue Harriet Rycroft and her wonderful new book ‘Pots’ – published by the people behind Bloom magazine.

Fortunately Harriet shares my absolute adoration of growing in containers and the joy that they bring to any garden, big or small.

Its a cliché, but this book is crammed full of useful information for growing in pots – from growing mediums, types of pots (and their varying benefits and downfalls), plant types and so much more.

This really is a bit of a one stop shop for all you’ll need to begin your container garden journey.

What this book also does is give you clear ideas for combinations of plants that’ll not only give you colour, but long lasting interest across all sorts of different types of plants. Bulbs….they’re here, perennials, its got those too….are you looking for fantastic foliage, well guess what – its all in here. Broken down into four important chapters, you’ll be planting up in no time.


The beautiful thing about Harriet’s book, is that its easy enough to understand for the beginner gardener but there’s also plenty to whet the appetite of even the most seasoned of container gardeners.

I’ve certainly come away from reading this, with a real plethora of concepts and plans for what may fill our garden next year and beyond.


Pots is out now from Frances Lincoln Publishers in association with Bloom Magazine. The book can be found in all good bookshops or online via bloommag.co.uk in softback for £12.99.

Do check out Harriet’s Instagram page or Twitter, where you can find her on both @HarrietRycroft.

NOTE: Many thanks to Liz Somers from Quarto for sending me a copy of the book, in return for my review of them.

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