Container Gardening Ideas & Tips
Container gardening is a wonderful way to add richness, dimension and personality to any outdoor space. Whether you’re decorating a garden, a front doorstep, a courtyard or any other type of landscape, you’ll really appreciate the options that container gardening brings. Since containers come in a wide array of shapes, styles, colours and materials, they are an excellent way to display all manner of gorgeous blooms, plants and herbs. In fact, when it comes to gardening with planters, the only limitation is really your own imagination.
To help you learn some exciting and creative strategies that to add character and style to your property, we’ve compiled a list of handy container gardening tips & ideas.
Choosing a Planter
Containers come in a range of materials. In order to find one that perfectly fits a given space, it’s important to learn the properties of each type. Here’s a quick overview of the characteristics of each:
Types of Containers
Get ready to add a little style to your outdoor space. The following are the different types of planters. Be sure to choose ones that are most suitable for your climate, budget and personal preference.
- Cast Limestone containers are made from dry, pulverized limestone. This porous material provides a wonderful, antique look that becomes even more appealing the more it is aged by weathering. If you want a container that will stand the test of time, you’ll enjoy everything that cast limestone has to offer. Typically sold in natural hues, such as greys and light browns, this type of container costs more than those crafted from other materials. However, due to their substantial weight (as well as their ability to look great, year after year), they are quite often worth the financial investment. For an example of an attractive design, check out the beautiful Jubilee Urn.
- Cast Concrete containers are made from a wet combination of cement and aggregates. Available in a wide assortment of styles and sizes, these designs don’t do very well when left out in cold climates. The process of freezing and then thawing can cause cracks or other imperfections to form. Therefore, it’s important to consider climate before investing in concrete designs. Color may be added to concrete containers by staining them. Obviously, concrete planters are not lightweight. This option is great if you want strength and substance.
- Terracotta of high quality and authentic crafting is still created in the scenic Tuscany region of Italy. It is sometimes referred to as Impruneta Terracotta. If you want rustic style with a touch of European panache, you’ll find that terracotta provides the ultimate mixture of earthy beauty and refined elegance. Typically sold in a distinctive, red-orange hue, Terracotta adds smooth, earthy tones to outdoor environments. You may need to pay more for Terracotta designs, especially if they are of top quality craftsmanship. However, this popular perennial design will fit well in your garden’s design for years. Terracotta weighs less than concrete.
- Glazed Ceramic is a non-porous material that retains water. If a self-watering planter and is a practical choice for your landscape design. Placed either on the ground or as a hanging planter, glazed ceramic designs offer a healthy “home” for your plants. You may choose unglazed designs of this type if you prefer, and then finish them with painting, staining and/or glazing. However, it is easier to choose a glazed ceramic design that comes in your preferred color.
Now that you know more about the different types of containers, you’re ready to add elegance or a whimsical charm to your outdoor world through the addition of garden containers that mirror your personal sense of style. Whether you prefer antique design elements or more modern, streamlined effects, you’ll find that the variety of garden containers by Haddonstone we offer will allow you to create any look that you want, from traditional English garden to funky, fun patio.