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Chelsea Flower Show presenter Nicki Chapman’s tropical-inspired garden is a contemporary, characterful and tranquil outdoor space.

There’s much to admire about Nicki’s garden – with large palm trees, wooden decking and raised flower beds, there’s plenty of space to relax and dine. Lush planting creates a tropical oasis and offers privacy, and best of all, it doesn’t even look like it’s in London.

The Escape to the Country presenter and former Pop Idol judge, who lives in Chiswick with her husband, record company executive Dave ‘Shack’ Shackleton, previously explained that she had gone for a garden design that was ‘high impact, low maintenance’.

Nicki previously told us about her garden: ‘When we purchased our house, it was two flats and we converted it back into one. The garden was just a mess and hadn’t been loved for ages. We completely stripped it back. We got some vintage bricks to put the brick walls back in and that gave it real character and style.’

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Nicki was sadly unable to present at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (a show she has hosted for the past 13 years) after undergoing major surgery to remove a brain tumour. During her recovery period, she described her garden as part of her ‘little rehab place’.

The much-loved presenter has previously shared photos of her garden on social media, and this week, fans will see even more of her outdoor space as Nicki is hosting Your Chelsea Flower Show, every day this week at 3.45pm on BBC One, straight from her garden. Nicki and team will be giving horticultural tips and advice to viewers, giving them inspiration to create their own summer gardens.

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‘These special programmes will feature your fav gardening presenters & experts in the horticultural world. It’s all about floral fabulousness too,’ Nicki explained.

The Virtual Chelsea Flower Show takes place all week on the RHS website (18-23 May). The prestigious horticultural show, usually held at Royal Hospital Chelsea, was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The best outdoor plant pots for your garden or patio area

Ninfea Water Reservoir Planters

Large Plastic Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Ninfea Water Reservoir Planters

Dobies
dobies.co.uk

£8.99

These roomy pots come in three different colours and, thanks to the bung at the bottom, can be used even without a saucer for indoor use. 

Material: Plastic
Size: 22cm x 17cm

Rattan Effect Plant Pot - Small

Flower Pot – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Rattan Effect Plant Pot – Small

Dobies
dobies.co.uk

£11.99

Keep the emphasis on your colourful flowers by keeping them in these understated rattan-effect pots. Buy individually or, if you’ve got plenty of plants to show off, you can order a bumper pack for just under £60 right now. 

Material: Plastic
Size: 25cm x 22cm

Galvanized Square Planters, Set of 2

Black Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Galvanized Square Planters, Set of 2

We think this is a great price for two sturdy iron planters. They’re really large too — use them to house any lemon trees or palms in your garden, or they’d also look lovely by your front door. Choose from several different shapes. 

Material: Iron
Size:
 30cm x 30cm and 40cm x 40cm

Primora Set of 2 Tall Terrazzo Planters

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Primora Set of 2 Tall Terrazzo Planters

If you’re still not over the terrazzo trend, then you need this set of planters from Made. There’s also a matching stool. 

Material: Stoneware
Size:
 38cm – 45cm tall

Colleta Fibre Cement Splatter Effect Planters, Set of 2

Small Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Colleta Fibre Cement Splatter Effect Planters, Set of 2

The industrial materials palette of these planters is softened by the curved edges for an on-trend look that’s perfect for urban gardens. 

Material: Fibre cement
Size: 26cm/34cm high

Moroccan Style Outdoor Planter, 43cm

Plastic Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Moroccan Style Outdoor Planter, 43cm

Love the look of terracotta but don’t have the budget for it? (Some of the bigger pots can be quite pricey!) This plastic version from Wilko is the next best thing. 

Material: Plastic
Size: 41cm x 43cm

Cambridge Planter, 30cm

Clay Pot – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Cambridge Planter, 30cm

Here’s another good budget option — this decorative pot is sturdy, hard wearing and looks far more expensive than it actually is.

Material: Clay and fibreglass
Size: 30cm x 30cm

Bowls Fibreglass Plant Pot

Succulent Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Bowls Fibreglass Plant Pot

World Menagerie
wayfair.co.uk

£28.99

With its wide rim and shallow depth, this bowl is a perfect shape for cacti and succulents. It’s available in three colours and two sizes. 

Material: Fibreglass
Size: 12cm/18cm high

White-Washed Terracotta effect Tuscany Planter

Large Garden Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

White-Washed Terracotta effect Tuscany Planter

Gardening Express
gardeningexpress.co.uk

£9.99

If you’re looking to create a more European-style vibe in your garden, this roomy, terracotta-style planter is the perfect accompaniment for fruit trees, as well as your larger leafy shrubs. 

Material: Resin
Size: 5L capacity

Small terracotta plant pots, pack of 10

Terracotta Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Small terracotta plant pots, pack of 10

Weston Mill Pottery
amazon.co.uk

£13.45

Keep baby plants safe with this set of 10 classic terracotta pots. We think they’d look great displayed on an outdoor plant rack. 

Material: Terracotta
Size: 13cm x 11cm

Terracotta Plant Pots With Saucers, pack of 10

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Terracotta Plant Pots With Saucers, pack of 10

Weston Mill Pottery
amazon.co.uk

£29.49

Or, go for this terracotta set with saucers, if you want to be able to bring your plants indoors without re-potting them. 

Material: Terracotta
Size: 13cm x 11cm

Wooden Square Garden Planter

Raised Plant Pot – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Wooden Square Garden Planter

ADEPTNA
amazon.co.uk

Delivered flat, this planter can be painted or stained whatever colour you please, if you fancy a DIY job for lockdown.  

Material: Wood
Size: 60cm x 34cm

Wall Planting Bags, 2pcs

Wall Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Wall Planting Bags, 2pcs

Bebester
amazon.co.uk

£15.79

Short on outdoor space? No problem. Utilise the walls instead with these planting bags and create your own vertical garden. 

Material: Felt cloth
Size: 30cm x 100cm

Knit Cozies Indoor/Outdoor Garden Plant Pots, set of 3

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Knit Cozies Indoor/Outdoor Garden Plant Pots, set of 3

Keter
amazon.co.uk

£19.99

Liven up your outside space with this inexpensive set of colourful planters. They can be used indoors too, if you prefer. 

Material: Felt cloth
Size: 10cm x 14cm

Natural fibreglass planters, set of 2

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Natural fibreglass planters, set of 2

HÂf
habitat.co.uk

£262.50

Create some serious zen in your garden with these minimal stone-effect planters. 

Material: Fibreglass
Size: 50cm x 50cm/40cm x 40cm 

Galvanised metal plant pots, set of 3

Metal Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Galvanised metal plant pots, set of 3

Habitat
habitat.co.uk

US$60.00

The subtle ribbed finish of this metal trio will add a bit of texture to your home’s outdoor areas. 

Material: Galvanised metal
Size: 28cm, 34cm and 36cm in diameter

Faceted Fibreglass Planter

White Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Faceted Fibreglass Planter

Habitat
habitat.co.uk

US$385.00

Give your garden a bold update with one of these striking geometric pots — there are several shapes to choose from in black and white. 

Material: Fibreglass
Size: 51cm x 34cm

Square Wood Effect Planter

Square Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Square Wood Effect Planter

STRATA
argos.co.uk

£18.00

Another inexpensive option; these square faux-wooden pots will look smart and understated on your patio.

Material: Plastic
Size: 40cm diameter

Arizona Stone Planters, Set of 2

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Arizona Stone Planters, Set of 2

Strata
argos.co.uk

£28.00

Perfect for smaller trees, this pair of planters would look great either side of your home’s entryway. 

Material: Plastic
Size: 56cm x 38cm

Skandi Metal Ladder Planter

Large Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Skandi Metal Ladder Planter

Argos Home
argos.co.uk

£20.00

Good for those with limited outside areas, or for balconies, this minimal planter ensures you can stack as much greenery into your space as possible. 

Material: Metal
Size: 40cm x 43cm

Square Lazio Planters, Set of 2

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Square Lazio Planters, Set of 2

Sankey
argos.co.uk

£25.00

This set looks like its made from cast iron but, fortunately, is much easier to move around. 

Material: Plastic
Size: 30cm and 38cm in diameter

Peat Plant Pot

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Peat Plant Pot

Habitat
argos.co.uk

£8.00

Create a bright and beautiful herb garden by stocking up on a few of these lovely yellow pots. The reactive glaze gives the colour some real depth. It’s available in orange too,

Material: Ceramic
Size: 12cm x 12cm

Three Oval Trough Planters

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Three Oval Trough Planters

Cox & Cox
coxandcox.co.uk

£95.00

These would look great lining your decking or adding a finishing touch to steps. 

Material: Metal
Size: 53cm, 49cm and 44cm in length

Round Rattan Ball Planter

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Round Rattan Ball Planter

Cox & Cox
coxandcox.co.uk

£65.00

Unlike most rattan pieces, this planter is hardy enough to withstand outside, so you can bring some of its relaxed charm to your garden space — or use it indoors too. 

Material: Rattan
Size: 33cm x 40cm

Wooden Planter

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Wooden Planter

Garden Trading
gardentrading.co.uk

£155.00

If you’re interested in improving your home’s eco-credentials, this is a good choice. It’s made from FSC-certified spruce taken only from sustainable sources within the EU. Just give it some TLC with some wood treatment once a year to keep it looking its best. 

Material: Wood
Size: 40cm x 40cm and 60cm x 60cm

Kingham Planter

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Kingham Planter

Garden Trading
gardentrading.co.uk

£165.00

Alternatively, there’s this tapered version, which makes an elegant option for large shrubs, bushes and trees. 

Material: Wood
Size: 50cm x 50cm and 60cm x 60cm

Round Wall Planter

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Round Wall Planter

Garden Trading
gardentrading.co.uk

£8.00

Add some trailing plants to a few of these inexpensive little wall planters to add some interest to your garden wall or fence. They’re currently on sale!

Material: Pewter-effect steel 
Size: 13cm x 13cm

Farmington Trough

Steel Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Farmington Trough

Garden Trading
gardentrading.co.uk

£14.00

Use this versatile trough for herbs, as a window box, or even as an ice box for beers and wine bottles in the summer. Available in two sizes. 

Material: Steel
Size: 10cm x 40.5cm and 15cm x 40.5cm

Personalised Sage Green Deep Garden Planter Bucket

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Personalised Sage Green Deep Garden Planter Bucket

Dibor
notonthehighstreet.com

US$18.00

Looking for a gift for a gardener? This sweet sage green planter can be personalised with a message of your choice. 

Material: Iron
Size: 31cm x 31cm

Zinc Garden Planters, set of 2

Steel Plant Pot – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Zinc Garden Planters, set of 2

The London Garden Trading Co
notonthehighstreet.com

£39.95

The brass welding on this pair of zinc planters makes for an unusual finish that adds some lovely contrast to the deep grey tone of the pots. Use outdoors or inside. 

Material: Steel
Size: 22cm x 24cm

Zinc Bucket Planters, set of 3

Tall Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Zinc Bucket Planters, set of 3

Lime Tree Interiors
notonthehighstreet.com

£98.50

Fresh and bright, this versatile set will lighten up where ever they’re sat — whether its inside or out. 

Material: Zinc

Marford Hexagonal Garden Planter, set of 3

Shallow Plant Pots – Best Outdoor Plant Pots

Marford Hexagonal Garden Planter, set of 3

Zest4Leisure
robertdyas.co.uk

£69.99

This is a great price for a roomy set of three planters — and they can be painted or stained however you like. 

Material: Wood
Size: 60cm x 60cm


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