How do we get our terracotta pots from Italy to our Worcestershire showrooms?

Carefully!

Once a year, we take delivery of an incredible array of terracotta pots and planters to restock our courtyards.

From huge citrus planters for specimen trees and metre-high jars to make a bold statement in a formal garden, to decorative pots perfect for spring bulbs and frothy summer planting, their arrival marks the start of the gardening season.

Holloways courtyard with pots

It takes the Holloways team a whole morning to unload them, slowly but surely, from the articulated lorry which has travelled more than 1,300 miles to reach us.

They’re then stacked up outside our barns before being unwrapped carefully and taken to the courtyards for display.

Pots arriving at Holloways from Italy

We’ve been using the same Tuscan factory to make our terracotta pots and planters for more than 20 years.

Artisan craftsmen hand-throw them using the local clay, Galestro - a material that’s been used in this region of Italy since the Etruscan period.

Each pot is then hand-finished to create unique colour and texture, making each one a work of art.

And because they’re fired at temperatures of almost 1,000 degrees they’re frost-resistant and able to withstand the worst of the great British weather.

There’s a huge range of sizes and designs to suit contemporary and traditional gardens, however large or small your space.

Plant for height and interest - clipped bay trees underplanted with Erigeron Karvinskianus (Mexican Fleabane) work beautifully, or try different varieties of hostas for a striking summer display - and add them to your garden in clusters for colour and texture.

Kate Durr tips on planting pots

Looking for inspiration?

RHS Gold medal-winning garden designer Kate Durr shares her top tips for spring and summer planting over on our Journal. 

Read her advice here.