The most effective way to spruce up your outdoor space is with the addition of interesting and vibrant plants. If your horticultural skills don’t quite stretch to creating grand herbaceous borders or your garden is on the small side, you can’t go wrong with packing a few quality plant pots with bright blossoms that can be dotted around the garden to add depth.
However, choosing a garden plant pot isn’t just about looks. With so many shapes, sizes, and colours available it’s easy to make an expensive mistake. Things to take into consideration when shopping for a new garden planter:
- What plants do you plan to use? Check the plants won’t grow too big for the pot, or sprout deeper roots than expected;
- Will the pot will be left outside in winter? If so, you’d be wise to choose a frost-resistant planter;
- Where will the pot be placed in the garden? Deciding this will help to inform the size and colour you need;
- Will the planter be moved around at lot? A lightweight option is best if the pot will be relocated often.
To help you choose a garden pot that will last its course, we’ve rounded up our favourite types along with a short critique for each. Happy planting!
Best for moving around
Lightweight metal plant pots are easy to move around the garden yet are strong and hardy so make a great choice for gardeners who want to rearrange a display regularly. Metal containers are also highly decorative and tend to age well – an important factor if you want the planter to last for a long time. Our Luna metal planter is suitable for all plant types but the tall, fluted shape looks great with floaty ornamental grasses and large lavenders.
- Metal won’t chip, crack or break
- Low-cost way to house a less attractive pot inside
- Great for contemporary gardens
- Usually frost-resistant
Best for small spaces
As outdoor spaces get smaller, vertical gardening gains more popularity. Being a more unorthodox gardening method, you can let your imagination run riot by building a living wall of cascading clematis or curating a herb garden, all on the tiniest of balconies. When choosing wall planters, you should consider the wall or fence materials – can you easily screw in the brackets, will the pot be too heavy when filled?
- Suitable for most small plants
- Out of reach of the usual garden pests
- Easy to create something unique and interesting
Best for year-round exposure
Plant pot design is getting smarter. New planters are available that feature an insulation layer to ensure the best conditions for your plants – this means that your plants are protected from the blazing summer heat and against frost in the winter months. This insulated Tutch planter is lightweight and virtually unbreakable so makes for a brilliant all-rounder in the garden.
- Great for less hardy plants
- Reduces stress on roots
- Pots usually come with a longer warranty
Best for blending in
If you want the drama to come from the plant and not the pot, you can go much further than simply looking for a muted colour. Choosing a ribbed or textured pot offers an understated look that blends well with other textures in the garden. Browns and beiges look good in any style garden and soft greys are perfect for contemporary spaces.
- Mix and match styles to avoid creating a ‘wall’
- Colour-match pots with walls, fences, and hedging
- For a natural look, avoid glazed pots
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