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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Choosing your Garden Planter
Window Boxes – Alternative Garden Pots
What if you don’t have any outside space but you’d love to see plants through your windows? The answer lies in window boxes: containers that sit either
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How Metal Planters Can Prove A Selling Point for Builders
A new government scheme is encouraging large scale house builders such as Barratt, David Wilson and Persimmon to plant more green space in an effort to enhance living environments for new householders. This includes the strategic placing of metal planters, specifically those made using galvanised steel, trees and other forms of living ‘greenery.’
Metal planters are ideal for adding an attractive finish to a building project, read on for more details.
Interior Designer Tips When Using Steel Planters
Large containers for plants always seem to have been around in gardening terms, whether we’re talking galvanised steel planters, fibreglass pots or coloured planters. The fact is though these living containers are becoming even more pronounced for landscaping as time goes on – thanks to the fact that our gardens are becoming smaller. Many apartments for instance only have a balcony so that the green-fingered resident’s garden is restricted to what he or she can design via a range of planters in a limited space.
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Interior Design Big Ideas – why don’t designers use plants and garden planters more?
We were looking at www.interiordesign.net’s 100 Big Ideas issue recently, to see how designers and architects are using garden planters, and particularly metal planters. But to our surprise, none of the top 50 Big Ideas really seem to include plants or planters at all! And that set us wondering why interior designers and architects don’t seem to want to make more use of garden planters in their work. After all, we’ve discussed before that having plants around not only looks good, but can also make us feel good.
And although we really don’t know the answer to the question, we decided to look at some of the ideas, and consider how we would have used our metal planters to enhance them even further.
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Choosing the right material for metal planters
We offer a range of materials and finishes for our metal planters.
These include stainless steel, pre-coat steel, powder-coated steel, galvanised steel, and stucco or crimpol (aluzinc). Confused? Read on, and all will become clear…
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Buy British: metal garden planters designed and made in Great Britain
At Precious Design, we’re very proud that all our metal planters, whether stainless steel, coated steel, or galvanised steel, are designed and manufactured in Great Britain.
Our expertise in designing, cutting and manufacturing steel products has been built up over many years of working with sheet metal at our factory in Nottingham. Our plant list is extensive and includes high quality laser cutting and CNC folding machines.
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Taking Garden Planters to INDEX Dubai International in May
We’re really excited to report that we’re going to be exhibiting our range of large planters and garden planters at INDEX Dubai, which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE, in May.
GARDEN PLANTERS WITHOUT PLANTS
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!
Large Planters for your Office, Building or Showroom
Are you looking for a selection of beautiful garden planters to enhance your office environment or to add a new touch to your hotel reception or your showroom? Look no further. Precious Design can supply a range of designs and sizes to suit any space. You could choose from a single range, perhaps the galvanised steel planters in the shape of a cube, and available in a range of eight different colours?
Select your colour to suit your environment, or mix and match for a happy, vibrant look.
Alternatively, you could select from several different ranges, but match the finish on each pot: for example, you could have polished stainless steel planters in a triangular prism shape, and match with stainless steel planters in the shape of a cube in a range of sizes.
And if none of our off-the-shelf designs is quite what you’re looking for, why not consider our custom design service, to create your own unique range of bespoke metal planters?
Our design team can help you decide what you want, and you can choose size, colour, and virtually any shape. All your metal planters will be precision-made to agreed requirements. Contact our design team today using the form on our custom design page to discuss your ideas and needs.
Unusual Plants for Unusual Plant Containers
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
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
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.
are you waiting for? Visit our shop page to see all our metal planters and go and get inspired!