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.
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…
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.
So what are you waiting for? Visit our shop page to see all our metal planters and go and get inspired!