Start with the backdrop
Painting a wall can transform a space, it just depends on the look you want. Pale colours reflect light, dark hues make green foliage pop, while brighter colours make a strong statement.
Watch it: How to paint
Stuck with the colour you’ve got? Screening panels are an easy cover-up and can act like outdoor works of art.
Watch it: How to install an outdoor screen panel
Choose your pots
When selecting pots to create a display, the general rule is to work with similar shapes and finishes for a cohesive look. For example, opt for matt finishes and keep to a maximum of three colours, such as terracotta, white and rattan.
Choose pots in a range of sizes, making sure to include some large ones for a sense of scale.
Watch it: How to pot a plant
Pick your plants
As with your pots, the key is to choose plants in a range of sizes for a multilayered look. Get height into your scheme with espaliered trees, climbing plants and a jungle of leafy palms, then layer smaller, bushy plants in front of them.
Watch it: How to make a wire espalier trellis
Shake things up with varied foliage shapes and shades of green, from deep emerald to pale jade, and consider plants with variegated leaves.
Nurture your greenery
Give your new plants the best possible start with a bed of premium potting mix and set a schedule for watering – a pot irrigation system can help you keep on top of this – and feeding.
Read it: How to keep potted plants in great condition
If you’re nervous about your gardening abilities, lean towards low-maintenance plants – succulents are always a winner! Remember to select plants that are suitable for your area (ask at your local garden centre) and keep hold of the plant labels for future reference.
Read it: The best low-maintenance plants for your garden
Play around to find a décor scheme that suits you. Move plants around to see what works best – do this before planting them in heavy pots! Dress the space with cushions and throws in complementary colours to create a cosy nook you’ll never want to leave.