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Wooden Planter Buying Guide
There are great advantages to selecting a planter made from wood, as they add a natural element to your garden and offer an affordable option made from a sustainable resource. Timber also provides excellent insulation, so you can overwinter plants more easily, protecting the roots from frost. This versatile type of planter comes in many styles, sizes, and heights, and the natural timber has a look that blends into almost any landscaping scheme. Shop all Wooden Pots and Planters >>
LandscapingOne of the reasons there are so many sizes and styles of planters available is how popular wood is in landscaping schemes. Slatted, tiered, trellis, and corner styles all add unique benefits and have their own visual appeal. We recommend browsing the styles below to see which will have the best effect in your garden.
Bulbs and FlowersAs an extension of your landscaping or simply a standalone feature in your garden, some wooden styles are perfect for planting and showing off seasonal flowers and bulbs. The insulating effects of wood combined with the ease of access for planting and replanting multiple times a year will keep your flower box looking stunning every season.
Vegetable GrowingTimber planters are great for vegetable planting, especially the tall deep-root styles. These offer easy access, so you don't have to bend over while you work. There are also options lower to the ground which are suitable for salads and other veg types with more shallow roots.
Styles and Shapes
These are the most common, and they come in options for tall, short, trough, and sleeper styles. Rectangle planters with wooden slats offer a sleek modern look that can rest easily below windows, at the end of patios, and near other two-dimensional areas. Sleepers are popular as they generally don't have a base, allowing for deeper roots. Compost and landscape fabric can be used to line the planter and better retain soil.
Square planters are like planter pots in size but more similar in style to wooden rectangle planters. The compact options fit into smaller spaces more easily, ideal for features on patios, balconies, and terraces. On the other end of the scale, the larger square planters are big enough to plant a tree!
These tiered planters are especially useful for positioning in the corner of the garden, making the most efficient use of space. The tiers allow planting at varying heights, giving a cascading scheme, idea for trailing plants.
If you want to make a climbing plant feature, then a wooden trellis is a stunning option. These are like trough planters that are deep enough for a substantial root system, and the tall trellis makes the perfect home for climbing plants such as a clematis or even a patio rose.
Assembly and Care
Most timber planters will need some simple assembly, and instructions are provided. They are all made from pressure-treated timber to ensure a long life even when settled on the ground. The Forest Stewardship Council certification ensures that they are manufactured from high-quality sustainable timber.
You can paint the planter to match your garden's theme, but the natural wood grain blends in nicely with most gardens, and most people prefer not to paint. Some planters will arrive with a liner to retain the soil. If there isn't one provided, you can line with landscape fabric, as this retains the compost and moisture while being permeable to prevent water logging.
Raised Vegetable Beds
Raised wooden beds are particularly useful for people with restricted movement as they allow you to garden at hip height. This extra height is also great for trailing plants such as tomatoes, courgettes, and strawberries.
Less like a landscaping planter and more like a miniature greenhouse, a cold frame is the perfect environment for overwintering plants. These ground-level boxes come with a window lid that allows sunshine in and keeps the chill out.
The ultimate in landscape planting, these full circle seats provide a stunning frame to beloved trees in the garden. Not all can be used as a planter, but there are several for sale that have boxes behind the benches and surrounding your tree.
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