Adam Robinson Design

Adam Robinson Design specialises in unique and beautiful landscape design, landscape styling, and interior styling in Sydney, Australia. Please contact us any time: studio@adamrobinsondesign.com

STYLE TIP - Creating Pot Clusters

Easily Design The Perfect Cluster

A collection of different sized pots or containers, in different designs, with a variety of plants, are a unique way to add a personal touch to your outdoor space. Wether you have a balcony, terrace, rooftop or garden, a cluster of pots can be tailored to suit your own style and add that extra special touch. 

The great thing about creating a cluster of different plants is that you have the flexibility to change the design. Plants, angles, position and pot design can easily be adjusted as and where needed. Gardening in pots and containers is a great alternative for those of us who don’t have a yard, lawn or garden bed. 

one of Adam's pot cluster designs for our Firelight project, featured in Gardening Australia

looking great from all angles, new and aged pots in neutrals combine with a feature palm and complimentary flowers to create the cluster

Adam Robinson Design has a few simple tips on how to create your very own pot cluster:

Step 1 - Choose your pots or containers.

  • Start by picking a large pot and then choose to other smaller pots to go with it, so you end up with a small, medium and large collection. Odd numbers are good. 
  • The pots can be the same but we prefer to mix and match our shapes, materials, colours and styles.
  • When selecting sizes, colours, textures and so on, consider pots which will compliment the space and the building as well as the style you want to achieve. Is it modern and clean? Is it traditional and decorative? Is it bright and light? Or is it neutral and luxe?

another cluster featured in our Firelight project

here we have used similar neutral tones for the pots and added depth by using tall plants with smaller ones

Step 2 - Choose your plants.

  • The only thing your plants in the cluster should have in common is their light exposure tolerance. For example, they should all require full sun or full shade and so on. This makes maintenance easy.
  • Consider a tall statement plant to go in your largest pot. Try an elongated plant, a flowering plant or something eye catching.
  • When selecting plants for your other two or more smaller pots consider either matching or contrasting the colours of the foliage
  • Also consider contrasting the textures. For example, mix hard spiky leaves with soft smaller flowers.
  • Another great finishing touch is to add trailing plants, such as a Dichondra ’Silver Falls’ around the edge of your pots surrounding big plants

this brilliant green cluster with decorative, aged pots looks fantastic in this indoor outdoor space at our Balgowlah project. We've used uplifting shades of green for the foliage, in different textures and complimentary heights.

Step 3 - Try It Out

  • Before planting or re-potting, get your selection of plants and pots together and around them in their cluster.
  • Consider how they look visually and how they they sit practically in the space.
  • When you’re happy with your creation plant your plants in your new pots or leave them as they are