Traditional Garden Pots for Your Garden
Tradition and quality go hand in hand at FloraSelect. Our range of small and large terracotta garden pots include Barcelos terracotta planters, fine planters with a tradition going back hundreds of years. Originating in the Barcelos region of Portugal, from where they take their name, they are the ideal accessory for those wanting to add authenticity and luxury to their garden.
Large terracotta garden pots have been used for centuries to house plants in formal and informal gardens. A type of earthernware, terracotta is made from clay and may be either glazed or unglazed. Unglazed pots are often desired for their rustic, romantic appeal, while glazed pots may be finished in various colours and designs.
Bringing Southern Europe to Your Backgarden
The natural brownish colour evokes images of the Mediterranean and, indeed, this type of pot has been made in various regions throughout southern Europe as well as much further afield. Originally terracotta items were baked in the sun to dry, with kilns replacing open hearths in later times.
The Greeks and Romans were fans, using pots to grow and propagate plants in more controlled environments than their gardens could allow.
This is certainly one of the major appeals of pots – different soils and watering regimes can be used by gardeners, and a terracotta garden planter can be moved if necessary to shelter the plant or give it more or less sun. In ancient times, as now, pots could be moved inside in winter and outside in summer.
The range of terracotta plant pots uk include plain and embellished planters. Trough style planters have traditionally been used in kitchen gardens and placed on windowsills, while larger round pots have been used to draw attention to dramatic floral arrangements. Terracotta is valued for its luxurious quality and it can be worked with beautiful embellishments, including swirling patterns and fruit and flower motifs. Our range of pots and planters includes various curved and straight-sided elegant designs in different finishes.
Terracotta pots, of course, have had many other uses throughout history. In horticulture and agriculture, as well as in everyday life, they have been used to transport water; they have also been used to store oil and other substances. Modern terracotta plant pots uk reflect these historical uses; you can find terracotta planters taking their inspiration from various sources and regions, including designs influenced from different cultures such as Rome, Sparta, Crete and, of course, Barcelos terracotta.