Please don’t laugh at me for stating the obvious with this post, but I’m sure that there are many other readers out there who, like me, haven’t thought of this particular gardening trick before.

For years now, I have strained and toiled over a small patch of unruly earth, a raised border in my front garden. Unfortunately, although it receives an adequate amount of sunlight, a neighbours rather large Laylandai towers over it, draining it of nutrients and moisture. The ground is poor and incredible dry at all times in the year. I have even tried replacing the soil and growing succulent rock plants in this area instead – all to no avail.

It has only just dawned on me; instead of growing things in the soil, I should place plants on the soil! Of course, I’m talking pots. I have a formidable collection of clay pots yelling out to be filled with colour. So, I have just popped to my local garden centre and purchased tonnes of Impatiens, Geraniums, Petunias and other colourful border flowers. I managed to get it all at half price as they are now coming to the end of season.

Now at last, my once desert-like border is brimming with colour. Well, I’m going to need to keep on top of it all with regards to watering, but what a display!

James Middleton

An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.