Planting a garden takes work, but it's very rewarding and gives one satisfaction. It also takes the right equipment and supplies. You can opt to install Campania Planters in a backyard, side or on the front section, or you can create a DIY container garden and design it to suit your outdoor space. Picking the right planters can instantly turn your garden space into a stunning “island chain” garden.
However, getting the right planter can be tricky. Metal planters hold water better than the porous containers made of wood. There are many other things you need to learn about pots or planters before you make the purchase decision. Here are some general things that you need to keep in mind when shopping for planters.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF POTS AND PLANTERS?
Planters and pots are essential elements that suit nearly every type of landscape. There are various types of planters and pots available to enhance your garden design, accent architecture, or dress up patio spaces. Consider window box/deck rail, living wall, freestanding, hanging, cascade or patio. It all depends on your preferences.
- Window Box/Deck Rail:These planters and pots are suspended from the sides of deck rails or under windows; they are ideal for adding texture and flowering vines to these accent spots on a home.
- Living Wall:This is the newest type of planters and pots to hit the market. Living wall planters are attached to a vertical space and offer a medium for foliage, vegetables, and flowers. They are great for space-challenged or focal point homes.
- Free Standing:Freestanding planters and pots usually have a built-in base to lift up plants. They are a perfect cluster in varying heights or accent corners in a patio or outdoor living space.
- Hanging: Hanging planters or pots are usually hooked to a single point on either the ceiling of a patio, an overhead beam of covered surface. They are suspended from overhead.
- Patio: A patio pot or planter is the typical containers used for outdoor vegetables, flowers, and other plants. They come in varying dimensions and sizes as well as the type of materials.
- Cascade: A cascade planter is fitted with multiple tiers to add height to any outdoor space. These tiers are ideal for cascading plants and flowers.
- Plant-Specify/Novelty: From wheelbarrows reinvented to strawberry planters as growing containers, novelty or plant-specific planters and pots is a great addition to an extensive landscape.
- WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS PLANTER MATERIALS AVAILABLE?
Planters come in all sizes and shapes, but the material is the most important thing to consider before thinking about the shape and size. Here is a quick glance at the various material used to make planters and pots and their pros and cons.
- Metal: Metal planters are perennial favorites as modern or rustic garden accents, including copper, bronze, galvanized, cast iron, and stainless steel designs featuring fluting, classic scrollwork, or decorative patinas. The major downside of metal is the high thermal transference it poses that could result in frost damage or overheating. For better insulation, you can add an internal linear.
- Plastic And Resin: Resin and plastic materials are affordable yet durable. The resin is usually used to imitate other materials such as terracotta or stone. Some designs are remarkably stone-like. The resin is much lighter than concrete and comes in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors. Unlike natural materials, plastic is not porous, and thus can be a better reservoir for water. Most of them come in a variety of colors and often have in print designs to give your garden container a unique look.
- Concrete And Cast Stone: Concrete and cast stone garden planters tend to be large, weighty, and highly decorative, such as urns in neoclassical, classical, and other European styles. They are costlier than other materials, but planters made of stone are highly durable and wind-resistant. These containers are ideal frost-proof insulators. However, if you want something brighter, look for something that’s less earthy. You can plant larger plants such as shrubs in concrete containers, but if you want to rearrange your patio frequently, these planters might not be the ideal choice due to their heavy nature.
- Wood Containers: Wood planters are frost-proof and therefore, you can keep wood containers outdoor all the yearlong. They also add a countryside look to your outdoor space. The wood also provides good insulation for plant roots, allowing them to absorb minerals and nutrients easily. You can also achieve a similar look with wicker baskets, but both wood and baskets discolor and depreciate more quickly than terra cotta. You can re-paint your wood containers after several years to give them a fresh look. Baskets are not ideal for long-term projects as they deteriorate after a few planting seasons.
- Terra Cotta Containers Perhaps the most popular and most common of all the garden planters, terra cotta containers come in a range of sizes, colors, and styles. You can get glazed types in shades of blue or red, or choose those with natural texture in a light rust color. Terracotta planters are also beneficial to your plants. Their porous material allows air to seep through, which in turns helps the roots making the plants grow and thrive.
- Other Options
There are hundreds of planter options for outdoor planters including glazed ceramic and many others. It all depends on your needs and preferences.
WHAT ARE THE FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A PLANTER
You can get great planters in many sizes, shapes, designs and even ones meant for specialized uses. The huge varieties of garden planters available on the market might make your decision bit overwhelming. But with the following strategy, you can get perfect planters for your garden design and needs. Before you purchase your first or next planter, keep these tips in mind.
The Type Of Plant You Intend To Grow In Them
Buyers need to decide what they intend to grow in their planter container. Researching the types of plants that thrives in your area gives you a basis for choosing the type of planters based on the plant needs. Some plants require more space and sun while others have extensive root growth; all this are factors you ought to consider. For instance, plants that have a faster growth require being planted in a larger planter box so that they can have more room for sprouting.
- Location: The location of the planter is an important consideration to keep in mind, as space and sunlight can greatly affect the plants growth. Choose outdoor planters that can withstand weather elements or indoors planter for decorative purposes. Larger planter boxes can function as the focal point open space in a yard or garden. The smaller planters can fill in the small blank spaces in your garden.
- Will You Be Moving It Around: There are planter materials that are considered heavier than others. Therefore, have this factor in mind. If you are looking to move the planters around or rearranging your garden a lot, choose a planter that is lightweight. Planters made of Concrete and cast stone can be challenging to move around.
- Season: Planters made from certain materials such as ceramic and clay are prone to cracking in extremely cold temperatures (freezing and near-freezing temperatures). Therefore, if you’re looking for something you can leave outside all the year long, go for other types of planters such as stone, concrete and plastic; these survive well in harsh weather.
The time you’re willing to spend in the garden
How much time you will be spending in your garden is an important factor to consider. Larger planters can act as a good water reservoir and thus keep the soil moist for longer. This makes them an ideal choice for those people who don't have time to water their garden often. Smaller planters are ideal for those that can tend to their garden more often.
Material Of The Planter
Planters come in various materials as aforementioned, and your needs and preferences dictate the material for your planter.
- Wood is a classic yet contemporary material, and it makes solid planters thanks to its good strength and durability. They make ideal planters for heavy and tall plantings. They are long-lasting, strong, weather resistant, and can be painted to match or enhance the color of your garden. However, wood planters require regular maintenance and can be damaged by woodlice and ants.
- CARE TIPS: wood can expand and shrink with moistures. So, avoid placing it directly on the ground. You can also treat it with recommended preservatives to prevent them from rotting.
- Metal are ideal for giving your garden a rustic look. They have proven to be ideal for heavy plantings especially those made from steel and zinc. They are strong, durable, and are suitable for winter planters. However, they can get extremely hot during warm seasons.
- CARE TIPS: As the metal containers heat up during hot weather, remember to water your plants regularly to ensure they remain green and succulent. You can also fit an internal linear; it helps to improve insulation. To avoid corrosion, apply a galvanized zinc coating or oil sealant or apply paint to act as a protective barrier.
- Clay also provide a rustic look to your garden and is cheaper; it's a great pocket-friendly option. Fiber-clay and terracotta are the common clay materials used. Its affordable and gives your garden a traditional look. However, they can break easily and can be heavy especially the larger designs. They are also sensitive to weather.
- CARE TIPS: clay is not an ideal material for freezing weather. Avoid leaving clay planters outdoor during winter to prevent them from cracking.
- Ceramic is also an option that comes in a wide range of patterns and colors. They are a great choice for trendy gardeners. They are waterproof, distinctive and are ideal for the windy weather because of their weighty nature. However, they are expensive and can break easily.
- CARE TIPS: They are prone to breaking or cracking if exposed to freezing temperature. Therefore, keep them indoors during winter. Also, handle them with care because of their fragility.
- Plastic are available in a range of different colors and styles. They’re gardeners’ favorites thanks to their affordability, waterproof nature, lightweight nature and frost-proof ability. However, they can become hot during weather and are prone to fading and weakening after a lot of exposure to sun and weather.
- CARE TIPS: Cover the plastic pots to prevent them from fading unevenly due to sunlight exposure.
- Stone and concrete make are ideal materials for large planters because of their heavy nature. They have been proven to stand the test of time thanks to their durability. They are great at maintaining soil temperature and moisture and are suitable for all the seasons. However, they’re weighty and difficult to move around.
- CARE TIPS: cover up your stone or concrete planter during winter to prevent any discoloring caused by ice and snow.
The resin is another material for planters and is used to imitate other planter materials such as stone and terracotta. It's preferred by contemporary gardeners who want to keep up with trends. They are suitable for all seasons, affordable, lightweight and have good water retention. However, they can blow over during heavy winds because of their lightweight nature.
Check For Proper Drainage
Having chosen the design and material, the next thing to keep an eye on is the drainage factor of planters. Drainage holes at around the lower perimeter of the box provide airflow and prevent drowning. You can add more drainage holes to a planter container, and put down newspaper to avoid soil loss.
The Right Soil
The final step in choosing a planter is to pair it with the right soil. Annuals and perennials with shallow roots require about 2/3 of mulching under 1/3 potting mix. Choose lightweight soil and less potting mix to prevent water retention. Don’t over-fill your planter box no matter its size.
WHERE TO BUY THE RIGHT PLANTERS
Having known the right material, size, color, and design you want for your planter box, you can explore our wide variety of Campania Planters to see whether there’s one that will suit your needs and preferences. The containers and pots at Campania Planters have been made in unique designs, best materials so as to ensure durability and distinctiveness.