Whether you love growing, love creating, or just want to liven up your outdoor space, a container garden is just the answer. So many of us nowadays are crammed into our homes and a garden is a luxury that few can afford. But there is always room for a bit of greenery; whether it's herbs and spices to add fresh flavour to your food, or putting a jungle on your windowsill, a container can enable growers to bring nature to the most inhospitable and smallest spaces. Frances Tophill covers the sustainable, crafty and culinary aspects of container gardening. From urns and troughs to chimney stacks and hanging baskets alongside what to grow inside them - bonsai to annuals, bulbs, grasses and bamboos, tumbling and creeping plants and flowers - there are also 40 ideas on how to pair plants and pots, including upcycling existing items and creating your own containers.
Frances Tophill is a horticulturalist, broadcaster and passionate conservationist. Since 2016 she has been on the presenting team of the BBC's Gardener's World. Hailing from Kent she went on to study horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and has since lived in the south west and south east of England working as a gardener, both in private estates and gardens, and community-based projects.