I’m trying to reduce the number of planted pots to save on watering and work. With this in mind I’ve planted up some previously potted ferns and arum lilies in a shady corner of the courtyard. The hosta has been allowed to stay in its pot because it has – thanks to Slug Gone – remained untouched by slugs and snails and I’m not going to risk introducing it to the ground where they might spoil its pristine appearance. The pot in the foreground contains a couple of hardy begonias which will be uncaged once they get a bit bigger. I bought the rather attractive wire cloche at one of the RHS London shows.