Shopping for the Right Container or Planter
Posted by kaviiks on November 6, 2008
Container gardening can be a creative and artistic process, allowing you flexibility in the manner you present your florals and foliage. Best of all, containers allow you flexibility to move your plants around to places where you can show them off and even bring them into the home when the weather gets colder. The vast number of containers available allows you to create unique designs and settings for your garden as you present unique clusters of foliage and florals in different sized pots and containers to bring out symmetry and beauty in your landscape. And containers can be made of virtually of any form or material as long as they allow for good water retention while of course allowing excess drainage.
Garden containers can be both decorative and functional. Here are some ideas to look for when shopping for the right planter or container for your garden:
1. Determine Design Requirements for Your Pots and Containers
Having a good landscaping design is central towards establishing an inviting use of your pots and containers. For those who love the look of contemporary and modern designs, try using metallic containers and planters with clean geometric designs. These days, garden planters come in a beautiful range of finishes to match your decorative needs. So, a fiberglass planter and urn can also take its form with a “metallic” appeal with the right finish chosen such as color akin towards wrought iron or bronze. Those who are more towards classical appeal might consider the use of Tuscan styled urns and Roman garden urns and containers which set an attractive use of your plants and florals amidst the scenery and landscape. Pots and containers come in many attractive sizes and shapes. Mix and match them to create unique focal points for your garden.
2. Choose Containers that are of the Right Size
To make this possible, it is necessary for you to be familiar with the space that will contain the planter or container. Large spaces can of course invite generously sized containers which will hold big leafy plants or wide growing plants but if the space is small, please use reasonably sized containers that do not affect the balance of your space. Also, avoid the use of planting large overbearing plants and foliage in small planters. The perfect container must be able to hold the right amount of container mix needed for your plants and flowers to sustain their nutrition throughout the season until you are ready to repot them.
3. Know the Materials Used for Your Pots and Containers
Oftentimes, the material used in the creation of garden planters and containers can be important factors in nurturing the growth patterns of your plants and flowers. For instance, metal and terracotta planters can tend to dry out a plant during the hot season, making it necessary for frequent watering events while concrete and cement planters can sometimes destroy the growth of plants which thrive on acidic soil such as azaleas and rhododendrons. Wooden planters are great choices but they are prone to rot over time and have to be replaced every few years. Fiberglass containers are inviting solutions since they are lighter for use and tend to retain water better for your plants than metal or terracotta containers.
4. Consider the Drainage of your Pots and Containers
Drainage is important for any gardener looking to encourage healthy root growth and top-growth. Some pots and containers already come with pre-drilled holes for allowing aeration and drainage. As a consideration, make sure your drainage holes in the pots are at least 0.5” in diameter.
5. Know the Shape of Your Container
There are certain pots and containers which truly do well on their own without any plantings. Some of these plants are usually used to add a balance to a quiet corner or set as an accessory for effect such as a centerpiece to the beginning of your courtyard. Do not use containers that come with small openings at the top usually shaped in the form of a vessel or containers which come with narrow bases since they can be easily tipped over with a strong gust of wind. These are not good for healthy plantings since they do not offer aeration and allow even distribution of the water to the roots. Such containers are best used for decorative reasons and can be cleverly coordinated with the other plantings to create a form and texture that is dramatic and appealing.
Container gardening is certainly refreshing since it allows you to vary and create new looks for your garden. You have the choice of experimenting with window box planters to dress your windows or plain garages and even using a container to combine several plantings for ornamental effect. Herb and tulip plantings do beautifully in a shallow planter while a hanging wire basket can spruce off healthy cabbage plantings for all to admire. The potential for creating effects with the range of pots and containers available is simply tremendous and gratifying. What is needed is simply a creative imagination and a knack for making the unusual happen. For those who have a penchant for originality, try devising a container garden that uses unique forms of planters for dramatic effect and set them in areas where you wish them to command attention such as the entrance to a courtyard, deck or even a porch.
Written by Romilla D. for Kaviik’s Accents
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