Wooden planter, metal, concrete or terracotta – Part 2

Metal Planters As An Alternative To Wood

One of the best alternatives of wood planters is the metal container. Very durable and unlikely to break from external mechanical influences, metal planters are a good choice to furnish your outdoor space with style.

The Self-Patinated Metal Container And Unconventional Forms

It’s almost needless to mention that there is something very beautiful and fascinating in the combination of metal and lush greenery! In addition you can choose from the polished metal mirror with magical reflections or the rustic appearance of genuine patina. Choose a type of metal with color and texture that complements the plants you want to put inside it.

All Metals Age Differently, But Always With Grace!

In this regard, certain metal containers can rust over time, but in fact this is not necessarily something bad. All kinds of metal ages differently, but always with grace!

The Corten Steel Forced Patina And Unparalleled Charm

Most metal planters become even more beautiful over time due to aging of the metal and patina obtained. In recent years, forced patina corten steel is among the most likely to decorate the garden materials!

Excavation Of The Sloping Garden With Metal Plates

Another important advantage is that large containers and metal plates can be used in earth! The metal is an easy material to handle you can create raised flower beds in specific unconventional forms.

 

What Are The Disadvantages Of Metal Planters?

However, as most metals are conductive, metal planters heat very quickly under the sun. The place in the sun can cause the soil to dry very quickly and this can damage plant roots.

Tips And Tricks To Remember

Please place the metal container in shaded areas and use the types of plants resistant to drought, such as succulents, for example. Lately, if you want to use planters to grow vegetables, make sure they are not made of an alloy containing lead, which is toxic.

Alternatives To Wood Planter – Containers Made Of Concrete And Natural Stone

I must admit that, whatever their shape and size, natural stone and concrete planters are always full of unique character. Among their most significant practical advantages we can mention their longevity and good thermal insulation keeps them fresh even in summer, which is not the case with wood planter or metal, for example.

The Concrete Keeps Plants Fresh Even In Summer

As in real stone containers may be too heavy and are often very expensive, today’s manufacturers offer use a more affordable and less burdensome alternative, such as special resins and composite materials, perfectly imitating natural stone.

White Flower As An Integral Part Of The Walls And Borders

In some cases, concrete containers are designed as an integral component of garden benches, partition walls and even waterfalls patios and contemporary gardens, which gives a very aesthetic air of the external composition.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Natural Terracotta Planters?

Pots and terracotta planters are among the most commonly used container types as an alternative to wood planter, as they have a very natural look, matching many different decors. In addition, they are affordable, really easy to customize with paint and you can find them in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Magical Mediterranean Terrace Beautifully Decorated With Flowers And Plants In Clay Pots

But despite their versatility, they come with a whole list of disadvantages. Note the terracotta planters generally do not provide adequate drainage and they retain and release heat for long periods of time.

Citrus Fruit In Large Terracotta Pots And Mini Vegetable Garden On The Balcony

Finally, the fragile receptacles crack very easily and due to their porous nature, they absorb the mineral salts from the soil and water, causing unsightly spots on their outer surface.

Ceramic Pots And Planters As An Alternative To Traditional Wood Planter

Very decorative and resistant to wind, because of their weight, pots and ceramic planters are now super trendy. However, their size is more or less limited and prices of larger one is seldom affordable.

Synthetic Resin And Other Contemporary Materials

Although usually one considers all pots containing plastic to be plastic, some pots and planters are made of composite materials that differ from the plastic in terms of longevity and quality offered.

Synthetic Resin Planters In Various Geometric Shapes

Synthetic resin planters usually have an ultra-modern minimalist look that is inspired by geometric shapes, but in fact exist in a wide range of sizes, and shapes.

Sometimes Composites Perfectly Mimic Natural Textures

They often mimic other materials such as terracotta pots, plain concrete, natural stone and wood planters, making them true chameleons of decoration. However, only reputable manufacturers manage to perfectly mimic the textures.

Black Pots For Herbs On The Terrace And Balcony

Among their major benefits may be mentioned that even oversized planters, now super trendy, are relatively easy to move thanks to the lightness of the plastic.

What will be your choice: a wooden planter or proposed alternatives?

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