Of all the hobbies I got to try out and work on over the last year to keep myself busy during endless lockdowns, gardening turned out to be the most fruitful – pun intended! Fruits weren’t the only benefits I got to reap, considering I also planted my worries away and learned a thing or two about mulching, fertilising, and pruning.
Turns out those brown thumbs I was born with can be worked on with serious dedication and effort, so here I am a year later without having killed a single plant! As I celebrate my small victory with a batch of sweet delights in the likes of cookie cakes and doughnuts while I’m writing this blog post, I feel I must share with you of a passion I’ve developed as a result of my gardening hobby: that of piling up on stylish and versatile garden planters!
Having Fun Choosing the Planter Materials
If you’re an old friend of the blog and have been keeping up the step with my older posts, you know there was a time in my life when I was head over heels for concrete pots. After deciding to change it up a bit both for my lovely plants and my interior décor, I’ve enjoyed the perks different materials offer.
Out of all the ones I bought, I’ve come to appreciate two in particular: ceramics and wood. I’m going to elaborate as to why this is so, bear with me! Here are the two reasons why I came to love them so:
The Variety of Designs
Available in every possible shape and design you can imagine, both the ceramic and wood pot planters have won my attention with their outstanding aesthetics. What makes them so easy to incorporate in the interior décor is the fact they team up well with other materials and elements.
Moreover, they’re also very easy to style with plants, so it doesn’t matter whether you want to use them for flowers, herbs, dried or fake plants, you’ve got the flexibility to come up with your own range of arrangements. This goes for both the wood and the ceramic options.
As wood is natural material, you’d be able to seamlessly inject it into the abode by pairing it with other natural materials. On that note, wood garden planters work great in a combination with wood floors, wood furnishings, as well as wood accessories like frames.
On the other hand, ceramic available in the form of the incredible terracotta, glazed ceramic, and porcelain, brings about a touch of elegance with it. Taking into account they’re made of materials that are easy to mould, you can find them in a wide range of shapes and sizes.
As such, they’re suitable for placing on floors, tables and countertops, hanged on walls or incorporated with stands. Wherever you choose to introduce them, you can be sure they grab attention with their distinct raw and natural textures.
And, despite their elegance, they’re still very easy to combine with natural materials much like the wood counterpart. It’s not surprising given that ceramics themselves are made from natural clay and water.
The Incredible Properties
There’s more to the fancy garden planters than their lovely aesthetics which is another reason why I’ve decided to make them part of my indoor container garden. Their amazing properties make them just as great for the plants as they are for the décor.
Let’s take wood for example: it’s a lightweight material when used for pots, so you won’t have much trouble moving them from one place to another in case you keep plants in spots that don’t provide the needed sun or shade that they need throughout the whole day. For all the eco-aware individuals looking for eco-friendly and sustainable items, these are as good as they get in terms of this.
And, should you acquire the cedar or redwood made planters, you can have your peace of mind regarding rotting as they don’t require any layering work. Besides this, another great advantage to them is the fact they prove to be essential with offering insulation for the roots.
Okay, moving on to ceramic garden planters, what’s significant about them is the fact they have walls that are thick enough to protect the plants, or the roots specifically, from sudden weather changes. If you thought you can’t handle temperature changes well, imagine the poor plants! Lucky for you, you don’t have to plan on ever reviving the plants as pots made from this material are easily found at the well-stocked homeware stores.
The additional benefit I highly appreciate about them is the healthy environment they provide for plants to grow in, with plenty of air and moisture. And, in case of extra moisture from the soil, clay can absorb it and protect the plants from rotting. This is music to the ears of every person prone to overwatering!
Still, having in mind there are various types of ceramic, as I’ve already mentioned, there are certain plants that are more suitable for some than others. What this means is when you’re shopping for the ideal planters, don’t let aesthetics be your only decision-making aspect – think of your plants too, first and foremost.
While terracotta is great for moth orchids, Mediterranean herbs, and succulents, much like concrete planters, it isn’t that well for spider plants, ferns, and golden pothos. In this regard, be sure to choose wisely!