Credit: Carol Pope


It’s a shoo-in as to what my favourite planter is – my much-beloved pair of gardening and walking shoes that I wore forever until the upper and sole separated and started “flapping.”

My husband finally suggested a new pair might be in order, but I admit to suffering from shoe-separation anxiety and after several weeks of ignoring his advice, he dropped a bigger hint by letting me know he had added my shoes to the trash can.

You’ll be relieved to know I promptly rescued them and have since proudly displayed them at our front door, planted up with that dry-shade and deer-resistant stalwart Geranium macrorrhizum.