How to Get Container Gardening Right – Choosing Garden Pots For the Best Impact

How to Get Container Gardening Right – Choosing Garden Pots For the Best Impact

How To Choose The Right Garden Pots For Your Garden

When it comes to making use of garden pots to ring in the changes, your options are endless with regard to what you can plant and what you can plant it in.

Gone are the days when everything had to be terracotta.

When you decide to kick convention out and let your personality and style shine through, the results will be so personal and individual to you that no other garden pot arrangement will come close.

The range of garden containers available today means that there will always be something suitable for every taste, style and budget. Lots of the garden tubs on the market are also adaptable and can be customised to suit what you want, and where you want it to fit in. For example, a new range of terracotta pots would look out of place in a rambling cottage garden, but a few weeks after painting them with natural yogurt, they’ll look like they’ve been there forever.

Personalized Pots

Similarly, galvanized buckets and tubs can be painted or stencilled and are a great project for the children to get involved with, whether they’re for the garden at home or to be given away as gifts.

Wicker, or weatherproof wicker-effect baskets can be interwoven with coloured polypropylene raffia to personalise a container in umpteen designs.

Wooden Tubs

Wooden containers have a more rustic effect, such as half barrels, trugs and troughs but do have a good insulating effect on the roots of the plants inside. They look good in a more informal setting, but equally, a nice squared, ‘Versaille’ type tub with raised corner posts with some clipped bay trees either side of a front door would look very impressive and very formal. As always, it’s really not what you’ve got, but what you do with it that counts!

Durability can be an issue with wooden planters, but the range of protective stains and vanishes are very advanced these days, and if you can be bothered with taking the time to maintain them, they can last you for many years.

Terracotta Pots

Terracotta is one of the staples of garden containers, and is available either glazed or unglazed. It’s reasonably durable, and is definitely an example of where buying a better quality pot will be money well spent. You can get guaranteed frost proof varieties, and they are definitely worth the extra money

Reconstituted Stone Pots

A lot of the larger pots, urns and troughs that you will come across are made from reconstituted stone. All these types are much heavier than wood or terracotta so it might be wise to only use this choice if your planted pot is going to a fairly permanent location!

These troughs, pots and urns are often quite ornate in design, so would look good in a formal setting, perhaps located near seating, or the entrance to the property so they can be admired.

Concrete Pots

Another range of the heavier pots is made from concrete. Some of them do look like concrete, but a coating of natural yogurt, will make them look aged very quickly and they will blend in nicely. Because of the lime content in the concrete, if you plan to plant lime hating plants in them, you will need to leave them to weather for several months before the lime deactivates.

Plastic Pots

Plastic pots are everywhere, and they have advanced no end in recent years. These days, once they’re planted and in situ, it’s hard to tell them apart unless you study them closely. They’re light, cheap, easy to come by and available in endless colours, shapes and sizes. They are being made in increasingly more advanced materials and are more resistant to cracking, although going brittle in the sun is still somewhat of an issue.

As is so often the case when it comes to how we want things to look, a good place to start is to ask ourselves this- when a person comes into my garden, do I want them to see a pot with plants in, and say ‘what a nice pot’, or do I want them to walk in and say, ‘gosh, what a nice garden.’

Our gardens are made up of so many individual parts, but it’s the way we blend these parts together that creates the biggest impact. Container gardening in just one of those ingredients that contributes to that big impact.

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