As container gardening has become increasingly popular, the designs and styles of garden planters have also become more varied. Choose your gardening planner according to aspects like durability, weight, proper drainage, color, size, indoor or outdoor use and more.
Garden planters are mainly distinguished by the materials from which they are made.
Stone Garden Planters
Stone, especially dry cast, makes for a durable and robust garden container. Since stone is a natural material, a stone planter will fit perfectly in your outdoor setting. Most of the stone garden planters available today are made from a mixture of sandstone and concrete.
Stone garden planters tend to be quite heavy and are therefore preferred for more permanent uses. As such, you can use them for planting large plants.
Clay Garden Planters
Clay garden planters are appreciated for their ability to hold water properly, so that the plants are always well-hydrated. Clay garden planters are often handmade and come in a wide variety of styles, including tall planters and hanging planters.
Depending on the color of clay used, these planters will normally range from a chocolate tone to a red-brown. Like other clayware, planters are kilned, which makes them waterproof, frost-resistant and tolerant to outdoor weather conditions.
Metal Garden Planters
These planters are made from a variety of different metals, each with different qualities. An aluminum planter, for example, will be light enough for to use as a hanging planter as it can be easily suspended and removed. A planter made of wrought iron will definitely be much heavier, but may be perfect for large plants.
To ensure that your metal planter keeps for many years, have its surfaces treated with zinc primer to deter rusting.
Wooden Garden Planters
A planter made of wood may have the most natural appearance in your garden. Different woods are used in making these planters and their unique properties determine where they look best. Most wooden planters are made from hardwoods like cedar and teak. Ensure that your wooden planter is fitted with a drainage system.
A major disadvantage of wooden planters is that they are almost always rectangular.
Resin Garden Planters
If you are looking for a garden planter that can be used both indoors and outdoors, lightweight, and durable, then resin planters may be your perfect solution. These come in varying colors and sizes. You can have a thick tall planter for big plants and a small one just enough for indoor or porch hanging.
Other materials from which garden planters are made include fiberglass, plastic, concrete and ceramics.