Garden Pots Enhance Garden DécorContributed By: BAG Editors
Garden pots can be a great design element when it comes to planning out your garden décor strategy. This is because garden pots add visual interest, create additional textural and color elements in a garden design, and can be easily moved or changed whenever the mood strikes. A garden pot can be virtually any container that will hold plants or flowers and that can be adapted to provide adequate drainage so that the plants thrive.
Gardening pots are sold in a variety of materials and styles, so there is no end to the types of pots that can be utilized in the garden, or on a deck, patio, or porch. When it comes to garden pots and planters, all you need to do is find a material that you like, make sure the size is appropriate for the plants that will be potted, and then find a style that works well in the space within which you are planning on using your garden pot. Garden pots can add visual interest and can be a great option in locations that are not otherwise easy to grow plants, herbs and flowers. Just think of what a few colorful potted plants can do for the look of your deck, patio or garden.
Garden pots are available in many materials. Here is a list of some of the more popular ones:
Plastic garden pots – These come in all shapes and sizes, are inexpensive and lightweight. They are also available in a wide variety of colors to fit any décor.
Resin garden pots – The popularity of resin pots stems from the fact that they can be made to look like many other types of pots, such as terracotta, stone, ceramic or stone, yet they are far more lightweight and are also less expensive.
Stone garden pots – Stone has a very textural look which adds visual interest against the softness of flowers or plants. Stone pots can be made from different types of stone and each type offers a unique look. One drawback to these types of pots is that they are very heavy to lift, even when empty so they are not easily moved.
Ceramic garden pots – Ceramic pots offer a huge variety of design options because they can contain any type of design, colors (or series of colors) or finishes. Most ceramic garden pots are glazed so that they have a sealed finish. Some can even contain decorative elements adhered to the pot, such as stones, gems or more. It is best to bring ceramic garden pots indoors (or in a garage) during the winter if temperatures get below freezing since they may crack.
Terracotta garden pots – Terracotta is the material that many people think of when they think of garden flower pots. These pots are traditionally red in color and come in a variety of styles. Terracotta garden pots should also be protected during the winter months.
Clay garden pots – Clay pots are similar to garden pots, except that they do not necessarily have to be reddish in color. Clay pots are even easily made by hand and work best if fired in a kiln and glazed. Clay can also be painted to add visual interest. Like terracotta or ceramic garden pots, clay pots should not be left outdoors during severe winter weather.
Concrete garden pots – Concrete is also a textural element, similar to stone, although it provides a more uniform and rugged look. These types of outdoor garden pots (they’re typically not used indoors) can offer a contemporary feel and are often found as larger planters. One drawback to concrete garden pots is that they are extremely heavy.
Metal garden pots – From aluminum to tin, metal garden pots can be found in a multitude of metals. Each one adds its own specific look, with some looking very contemporary and others blending into a more traditional design. Metal garden pots are typically not as heavy as stone, concrete, or even clay and terracotta pots.
Copper garden pots – Copper garden pots offer a warm and inviting look to a garden’s décor and lend themselves more towards traditional design. The pots age over time into a greenish patina.
Wooden garden pots – Wood provides a very natural and rustic feel but unless they are properly sealed regularly, they will not hold up over the long term. Since the wood will be in constant contact with a moist environment, they will eventually rot. But you will still enjoy years of a natural and weathered look with these types of pots.
Cast iron garden pots – Cast iron garden pots can be a beautiful addition to a traditionally styled garden and will last indefinitely. They are extremely heavy to move, even when empty, so they should be carefully placed in a location where they can remain without being moved.
Decorative garden pots are great for use on decks, patios and porches, in front of garden buildings, and near pools, and add extra color and texture where there are no flower beds available. They are also often used for container gardening or as a place to simply and easily grow a few herbs or fresh vegetables. Container garden pots and herb garden pots come in designs with multiple openings so that different herbs or plants can be situated in the same pot but can be separated, allowing for a variety of plantings with a very small space.
Garden pots and urns or planters are a great addition to any garden. No matter what your budget, you are sure to find a container that enhances your outdoor space. Or, you can simply make your own garden plant pots by finding a sturdy container and drilling a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Making garden pots is a simple activity and a great way to recycle old containers that are no longer being used. Even if you have a container that you have no intention of planting anything in, you can still make a garden hose pot, which provides an attractive way to hide your garden hose when not in use.
No matter what the use or the material, garden pots are a versatile design element that enhance your garden décor.