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Man and Women smiling as they plant some pot plants in white and terracotta pots

New-season look

Whatever your garden situation – modest balcony to palatial grounds – potted plants are a fantastic way to make a statement. Spring is a great time to add more fabulous foliage to your home, invigorating your patio for a fresh new-season look! Punctuating your garden with potted foliage is so simple, with a little help from Northcote Pottery and Cyclone hand tools.


1Pick your pot

What’s your garden style? Whether you’re after a touch of rustic charm, like the ‘Kentucky’ whiskey barrel planter, or a clean coastal feel with a sand-toned ‘Maxim’ drum, Northcote Pottery has a look to love. You’ll also need to think about what you’ll be planting in it, as this will naturally influence your decision; Northcote Pottery’s Precinct Lite range comes in a range of sizes, including generously deep and wide pots, which can hold bigger plants or a selection of varieties, if you want to try a collage of ‘thrill, spill and fill’ foliage.

Will you need to move the pot from season to season, or for cleaning? The ‘Villa’ plastic trough offers modern good looks, with the flexibility of a lightweight material, so you can lift and move it easily.

Northcote Pottery ‘Villa’ plastic troughs filled with flowers on a front porch

2Start with soil

Decide what you’ll be planting and pick an appropriate high quality potting mix. The Cyclone potting scoop, with its large stainless steel cup, makes the task of filling planters with soil quicker and cleaner. If you do make a mess of the patio in the process, a quick sweep will clear off any dirt in a jiffy. Tracked soil inside too? The Cyclone ProSeries multi-surface broom is the one you want to have on hand – tough enough to tackle outdoor mess, but soft enough to travel inside when needed.

Garden hand tools placed in terracotta plant pots

3Potting up

Good tools not only make this part of the job cleaner and easier, they also give you more control, so you can avoid damaging new plants. The Cyclone hand trowel is a must-have gardener’s friend, used for potting up and dividing smaller plants, while the Cyclone bulb trowel is its trusty sidekick, ideal for not only planting bulbs, but also for transplanting small, delicate plants or seedlings.

Garden hand tool placed in  a bag of dirt  with green hedge bush as back ground

4Keep it tidy

You’ve planted up your pots and they’re looking amazing! Now keep them lovely with a Cyclone hand fork. Use the leather strap to hang this beauty within easy reach, because it’s about to become your new favourite tool, used for lightly cultivating between shallow-rooted plants, and for regularly attacking weeds. Whip it out for weeding your beautifully planted pots, or use it to make short work of pesky weeds sullying your perfect lawn.

A white and grey garden pot filled with succulents

5Mix and match your pots for a personalised statement

We’ve got a tonne of planter styles to choose from, browse our Northcote Pottery range to start planning your patio.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.