pots for accent plants

In the collection of M & R Cooper

In the collection of M & R Cooper

In the Collection of M & R Cooper

In the collection of M & R Cooper

M & R Cooper Collection of accent/mame pots

Three of Cecilia Barton’s “flying saucer” pots.

More accent pots can be seen if you click here

Novelty pots such as this pot by Dansai are highly sort after to reinforce the sense of uniqueness in the accent planting and bring added interest to it

Here is the pot again, recently planted up with a dwarf equisetum species in readiness to be used as an accent to accompany a Swamp cypress (Taxodium)

There will be very many more examples in the Exhibition on 27th May 2012


Pots for accent plants come in every conceivable shape and colour and in recent years have become increasingly popular as ‘collectibles’ in their own right.

Ideally, they should be fired to stoneware temperatures to render them frost-proof but Raku ceramic pots can be used but must be protected in winter from frost or they will invariably crack.  Accent pots are often made in the style of regular bonsai pots but in miniature and the contemporary trend is to create pot forms that are more ‘organic’ and ‘free’ in form allowing the clay to ‘speak’ for itself.  Some pots are highly decorative.

There are an increasing number of potters (worldwide) that are making some very beautiful accent pots and jiita (flat, tile-like slabs for displaying kokedama).   Sometimes there are digressions from the usual ceramic containers and pieces of interesting bog wood etc can be used and can look very effective.

All manner of grasses, weeds, succulents, mini flowering plants, alpine plants and bulbs can be used. Attention to the horticultural needs of the plants as well as their aesthetic sensibilities must be considered when selecting the pot.  Some plants need deeper pots than others whilst some plants are happy in pots with no drainage holes.  Though it should be said that drainage holes are generally mandatory as water-logged soil will invariably result in the accent plants dying.

Choice of pot colour and texture can sometimes be puzzling and choices difficult to make but as a general rule of thumb, I prefer to grow accent plants in pots with a complimentary colour.  For example, brightly coloured foliage or orangey-yellow berries/fruit on a plant would look well in blue coloured pots and so on.  But there are no real hard and fast rules — if it looks right, then it is right!

Accent pots can vary from exquisitely refined ware to chunky , macho, rock-like containers all made from ceramic materials whether porcelain, stoneware or earthenware.  Choose the pot to compliment the character of the plant and the season.

For a wide selection of hand-made Bristish accent pots you may care to have a look here.

© Dan Barton


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