Once you find the right planters for your garden, you can really tie the whole thing in together. Choosing the right ones, however, can get a little bit tricky. Luckily, we have prepared a simple guide that will help you choose the right one for your garden:
The first thing you should decide on is what the look you are going for is. If you are someone who is looking for a modern feel, then you should choose the classic black or white planter boxes or maybe you are looking for a more exotic look, in which case you should consider terracotta or coloured planter boxes. The reason why white planter boxes are the latest trend is because they can easily blend within any kind of surroundings all while adding an replaceable feel of simplicity and class. Many of the newest models of self-watering planter boxes come strictly in white colour as to satisfy the desires of cool urban gardeners who strive for minimalism and functionality. White planter boxes simply make your choice easier – if you are not really sure what’s right, you can always go white!
The next thing for you to consider is the size you need, you want the planter to be able to hold your plant and soil as well as have enough room for the roots to be able to grow. While more room is nice you also don’t want the planter to steal the attention away from the plant itself. A general rule of thumb is to choose a planter that shows two times more of the plant than the planter itself. This, of course, does not include planter boxes that are longer and are intended to house more than one plant.
The material that the planter is made of is something that is very important but most of the time goes overlooked. Wood and metal are good choices if you want something that is easy to transport and move. Wood can be a bit problematic and can get mildew if you do not clean them properly. If you have a plant that needs a lot of water, you are better off picking something that is metal or plastic as these will also stop the water you put in evaporating away. Metal does absorb heat so you might need to water your plants more often to avoid the soil from drying out. If you really want to go classic you should go for ceramic or terracotta, they are generally more expensive, however.
Remember that seasons change, so you need to make sure your planter boxes can stand up to the weather in your area. If you only intend to leave them out all year you need something that can stand up to all sorts of weather conditions. Wood, cement, or stone are good choices for any type of weather. Ceramic and terracotta can look beautiful but remember that they can crack easily in cold weather. If you invest in ceramic or terracotta planter boxes you want to remember to move them inside during the winter and take them out in the summer.
The last thing you want to look for is drainage, you should also know what kind of drainage your plant needs. This will also factor into what planter box you will decide to buy as planter boxes come with and without drainage holes. If you are someone who has been doing this for a while then chances are that you already know the difference, but for those of you who don’t, I will explain. A planter box without drainage holes is only meant for decorative purposes so these are great for plastic plants. If you plan on potting a real plant then you need those drainage holes so the roots do not get waterlogged.
Hopefully, after reading this article you feel confident as to which planter boxes will be right for you and your garden.