There are a few classic combinations that just work and, consequently, will never fall out of style. Citrus planted in terracotta pots is one such pairing. The bright colours of lemons, oranges, grapefruits and limes all contrast beautifully with the earthy tones of terracotta.
The material’s texture and warmth brings a sense of style and homely comfort. Importantly, terracotta also promotes healthy plant growth. Once clay has been baked and formed into a pot, it allows plants to ‘breathe’; it absorbs water and continually distributes moisture throughout the compost thereby reducing evaporation. Terracotta also keeps the plant’s root temperature constant when exposed to direct sunlight.
Timeless terracotta is equally comfortable in a cottage garden as in a contemporary architectural setting. The ‘citrus look’ can be nuanced with scale and colour to suit the design of both house and garden. Consider these ideas for introducing the terracotta mood:
- Create a bold entrance by using pots of citrus in pairs to frame a doorway
- Espalier citrus plants against a wall or fence
- Use oversize terracotta pots to invoke the Mediterranean feel for pool areas
- Anchor a kitchen garden with a large potted lemon tree.
Be mindful of colour choice for terracotta as particular tones work better in certain climates. Traditional red terracotta suits the bright Mediterranean sunlight. But under the Australian sun, garden design trends lean towards the mocha-coloured tones, like these.
Remember that citrus trees need space for their roots to expand so large pots are essential. See our range of Italian Terracotta here; the pots pictured are available up to 78cm in diameter. All of our pots are also frost resistant.
Where can you create the terracotta and citrus look for you or your clients? If you have already, we’d love to see your work! Share a picture with us on our Facebook page.