Choosing your Garden Planter

Posted on 09/08/13 11:20 In Garden Planter News, Steel Planters

 
We offer a number of different types of garden planters in our range and this article will further explain the pros and cons of the different materials used, hopefully helping you decide which steel planters best suit your needs. Firstly though, we’d like to illustrate the alternatives out there in the marketplace so that you have the full spectrum of choice.
 
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Growing vegetables in garden planters

Posted on 15/05/13 02:35 In Garden Planter News, Planter Uses

 
Do you think growing vegetables needs a huge plot of land or an allotment? Think again, because you don’t actually need very much space to grow fantastic vegetables. Using garden planters for your vegetables can be a big advantage, because you can move them inside if a late frost is forecast, move them into the sunshine if you’ve got your placing wrong, and hide them away when they’ve finished and/or you are bored of looking at them!
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Preparing Your Planters For Growth

Posted on 15/04/13 09:32 In Garden Planter News, Planter Uses, Planters

 
Much as we wish they would, beautiful planter displays don’t happen overnight. There’s usually a lot of planning gone into them beforehand such as which flowers or plants would look best in particular locations, how much sunlight they’ll pick up and what type of soil they’ll fare best with etc.
Here we’ll take you through some preliminaries to make sure you get the best from your garden planters purchase at Precious Design.
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GARDEN PLANTERS WITHOUT PLANTS

Posted on 27/03/13 21:26 In Contemporary Planters, Garden Planter News, Planters, Steel Planters

 

So you think garden planters can only be used for plants? Well, think again!  Metal planters in particular can be used in lots of ways to enhance your garden.

 

For example, galvanized steel planters and stainless steel garden planters from Precious Design make great ponds and water features.  A shiny metal surface will act as a mirror, lighting up small dark spaces, as light glints off both the water and the plant container, and the galvanisation will stop any corrosion.  Make sure you order a garden planter without drainage holes though!

 

If you really feel a garden planter should have plants, then how about a planted pond?  Use a large planter, and include a few bricks to vary the height inside.  Add a small water-lily such as yellow-flowered Nymphaea x helvola, some vertical plants such as iris or rushes, and some oxygenators to keep the water healthy.  You can even keep a few fish, though you will have to protect the plant container against frost in winter, and you’ll also need to choose one of our stainless steel garden planters, perhaps a stainless steel cube, or line it with pond liner, as the zinc in galvanised steel can be toxic to fish and invertebrates.  Your container pond will need a bit of attention to keep the plants to a reasonable size, but nothing you can’t handle!

 

Alternatively, if you prefer, you could relax to the gentle sound of splashing water, with the addition of a small solar-powered fountain to your water-filled garden planter, or top it with pebbles, and add a purpose-built small stone water feature with pump, available from most good garden centres.  The polished steel triangle garden planters would make wonderful water feature fountains, with light reflecting off the water drops and the faces of the pot.

 

Or how about a row of small stainless steel garden planters in the shape of cubes, each containing a light, to extend your evenings outdoors? Settle the light into the cube, putting the electricity cable through the drainage holes, and top with pebbles for an attractive finish.  Look for unusual lights that will complement your beautiful garden pots and sit back and enjoy your plant-free plant containers!

 

And why stop there?  You could use garden planters as stands for modern sculptures, or for beautiful, architectural displays of dried flowers or gold-painted twisted willow, or for anything else you want – the list is endless. Or even have them stand alone so that you can enjoy the elegance and simplicity of the galvanised steel planters themselves: after all, Precious Design really does do metal planters extremely well!

 

Unusual Plants for Unusual Plant Containers

Posted on 15/03/13 21:07 In Contemporary Planters, Garden Planter News, Patio Pots, Planters, Steel Planters

 
What can you grow in garden planters?  It’s not a natural place to grow shrubs, climbers or perennials: they get too dry, they run out of food, you need to feed and water them regularly, and then they grow too big. Surely you can really only grow annuals?  Well, no.  The answer is that you can grow pretty much any plant in plant containers, as long as you choose the right container.
 
It’s important not to use plant pots that are too big or too small: too big, and the soil may go bad; too small, and the plant will get root-bound and not grow well.  So you may need several garden plant pots over the lifetime of the plant, especially if it grows quite big.  And you also need the shape to be right: so that the rootball fits into the pot comfortably, with about the same amount of space all around it.
 
But that’s the joy of using Precious Design metal planters for your plants. There is such a variety of shapes: tall, cubic, square, tapered.  And with
most off-the-shelf designs and shapes available in several sizes, you can choose the right shape for your plant, and know that you will be able to buy new garden planters the same shape when you need them.  And if you get bored of the original colour or finish, just choose a new one for your new pot, perhaps even a custom finish.  Your old pot, in the meantime, will go on to be home to a new plant, and will look great grouped with your new one.
 

Garden Planters for small spaces

Posted on 12/03/13 21:02 In Balcony Containers, Contemporary Planters, Garden Planter News, Luxury Planters, Patio Pots, Planters, Steel Planters

 
Most of us nowadays have very little space and time for gardening.  We lead busy lives, and often live in small city flats.  Our outside space is a small courtyard, or perhaps a balcony, and we don’t have the time to tend lots and lots of plant pots.  But we still want that outside space to be fabulous, and we all want something that will impress our visitors!  So what can Precious Design offer?
 
How about one or two ‘statement’ galvanised steel planters?
 
Precious Design has a great range of ready-made metal planters in some amazing designs.  Some of my favourites for a balcony or similar space are the Stucco Prism plant containers – beautiful modern-looking galvanised steel planters, with an attractive stucco finish which can also be coloured. They’re perfect for small spaces since the zinc content protects them from corrosion should the surface get scratched.
 
But if none of those suit, you could use our custom design service to create one or more unique, bespoke garden planters.  Our team can design and make you beautiful plant containers that will be absolutely unique, and give you a perfect talking point.  You can choose the design and the material, and each one will be made to order, and precision cut.
 
And then you can choose a plant  or plants to fill your new garden planters: perhaps a fabulous architectural Cordyline to emphasise the height, or maybe some colourful sweet peas to drape over the edges of the pot and fill your balcony with their beautiful scent?  The choice is yours…
 

Group your Garden Planters for maximum effect

Posted on 04/03/13 20:29 In Balcony Containers, Garden Planter News, Patio Pots, Premium Quality Planters, Steel Planters

How do some people manage to get their garden planters and garden plant pots to look so much more fabulous than yours even though they’re using the same plants? Well, part of the answer is by displaying several large planters together. But you can’t just put five garden planters in the same place and hope for the best. So what should you do to improve your display?

There are a few basic rules:

1) Use odd numbers of planters. For some reason, the human eye prefers groups of odd numbers (this rule works in flower arranging, too). Three or five plant containers together look much better than two or four.

2) Keep it (relatively) simple. Have a ‘hook’ that brings your group of plant containers together as a set – either colour, or style, or shape similarities: a group of galvanised planters in different sizes, for example. Too much variety and you will just have a mass of flower pots, not a group.

3) Use plant containers of varying heights. Precious Design can supply different heights in the same range of beautiful metal planters, or you can mix and match different heights from different ranges. Put the tallest ones at the back, and the smaller ones at the front.

4) Try three colours in the same range, but different sizes. Check out our galvanised steel planters in the shape of a cube – use large, medium and small, choosing colours from the wide range available, with plants to complement the container colours. This will give your display a whole new level of sophistication and elegance.

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