Garden planters come in a wide assortment of materials, colors, and sizes. They are ideal for adding color to porches, driveways, windowsills, patios and balconies. For some people that don’t have a garden, a planter provides a decorative means to bring some plant life and color to a home, while taking up minimal space. A benefit of lightweight planters is that they can be easily repositioned to achieve a new look!
Beautiful ceramic pots with lavender and trailing lobelia will bring color to a porch and treat visitors to a welcoming scent. Rectangular ‘Corinthian’ planters filled with pineapple thyme, purple basil, and savory will brighten up a kitchen windowsill and provide fresh herbs for culinary use.
To ensure that plants will thrive, it’s important to carry out some research and purchase a planter that is large enough for the root systems of the plants. A further factor to consider is the shape, color and form of the plants – and to purchase a planter that will complement them. For example, alpine plants will do well in a shallow planter whereas miniature conifers require depth for their roots.
As well as designated garden planters, many other ‘containers’ can be re-used to make interesting and unique garden planters. For example, old fashioned sinks, barrels, discarded tires, watering cans, wheelbarrows, chipped ceramic teapots and cups. Where water logging might be a problem, allow for drainage by placing a pot with holes inside the chosen object otherwise the plants will perish.
Prices of planters vary considerably; however, unless the planter is to be kept inside a conservatory, it’s wise to invest in durable planters that will survive winter frosts. Less expensive plastic planters have a tendency to become brittle and discolored. In the long term these will prove to be more costly as they will need to be replaced within a couple of years of purchase.