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Garden Planter Buying Guide
The great advantage of placing your favourite plants, flowers, and small trees in a planter is that you can position them virtually anywhere in the garden. If you view your garden across a patio, then decorating that patio with flowering plants will bring it to life. Adding a planter to the edge of a terrace or paved garden area adds a natural feature element that helps define the space. This guide covers the many options available to help you define yours. Shop all Garden Planters >>
How to choose the right planter for your planting scheme and garden position
Generally, you will have an idea whether you want a single specimen or a collection of plants to create a raised-planting feature. The depth of soil required for healthy living plants, the maximum growth, the collection of flowering colours, and the watering requirements are all important points. Planters can come in all shapes, sizes, and materials including small window box styles, lightweight fibre clay, heavy stone troughs and urns, and traditional wooden. It can help by first matching the style of planter to the type of plant you desire.
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Wooden planters are by far the most popular. They vary in size from small square pots to large rectangular options, but there are too many wooden options to cover in this guide alone.
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Stone troughs and urns are the sort of pots that last for generations, often becoming more attractive with age, especially when natural lichen colours the stonework. Urns can be mounted on stone plinths, elevating the planting feature. These are particularly suited when positioned in pairs at an entrance to a property or gateway. They look particularly attractive with plants such as patio roses, spring bulbs, or even specialist hydrangeas in some of the larger urns.
Imagine sitting on your rattan sofa on the patio, surrounded by a collection of delightful flowering plants, all displayed in pots that match your garden sofa! These simple woven planters complete the whole appearance of your outdoor furniture, especially when planted with summer bedding plants, geraniums, or fragrant lavender.
The weight of planters is sometimes a consideration, as some people prefer to move them around on the patio according to the flowering season. This is a great benefit for some plants as it can help maximise the amount of sunlight absorbed and minimise the threat of frost.
Fibre clay is a favourite lightweight choice as it typically has the appearance of terracotta but has the strength of fibreglass or polypropylene. It is made of a composite of clay and fibreglass, taking on the properties of both, and it is an inexpensive but durable alternative.
Fibreglass is a well-known variety made from a blend of resin and glass fibres, taking on a high level of durability while keeping a light weight. These are often painted to resemble terracotta, metal, or stone urns.
Styles and Shapes
There are several planter shapes available for sale to suit different garden and landscaping schemes. Which one you purchase is largely up to available space, how many plants you plan to grow, and personal taste.
Rectangle and Trough
These long planters are available in wooden and stone styles. The wood options come in a wider variety of heights, and the stone ones are more like a traditional trough style, low to the ground. Feature these below windows, along pathways, behind benches, and anywhere you want to add life in a long narrow space.
Hexagonal and Octagonal
Geometric styles have a wide appeal, and some can be great space savers, allowing you to plant multiple plants, herbs, and bulbs separately in subdivided sections. Some of the hexagonal planters are available in sets of three that fit together snugly, giving them a functional grouping effect.
Square and Circular
These are the most space-efficient planters as they allow you to maximise available space in corners, at the edge of terraces, and anywhere you want a standalone plant feature. Many of the square options match some of the longer styles and can combine for a cohesive landscaping scheme. The large round stone urns make a stunning statement atop a plinth.
Other Garden Planting Solutions
Many of the circular styles of planters may also be considered garden pots or plant pots. These are typically more mobile than traditional planters, and they come in a wider variety of lighter-weight materials to assist with this usage.
These miniature glasshouses are perfect for serious gardeners with limited space, and they add protection to vulnerable seedlings before they are ready to move into a planter. They make a stunning showcase for prized plants that need to be overwintered outdoors.
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