There comes a time in the life of every homeowner when they look at their yard and just know it is time to make a change. Many of us have no clue where to begin or what we want to change about our landscape. A simple, easy and inexpensive change that you can make that will really add to the curb appeal of your yard is flower pots and planters. Flower pots or planters add artistic value to your yard while providing plants certain advantages over planting them in the ground. Below are some ideas to get you started on your way to adding that special touch to your yard that will change the look and add value to your home.
I had never considered a metal planter for my yard and porch until I started looking at the variety of styles that are offered in metal. Metal planters come in a variety of styles and colors. Prices range from $40 for a simple planter to more than $200 for larger, more extravagant planters. Metal is very durable and many of the planters are also rust resistant making them ideal for outdoor use. Popular metals include brass, stainless steel, bronze, wrought iron and copper. The heavier metal containers can hold larger plants such as shrubs and small trees, giving you more options when planning your landscaping.
Cast stone planters also provide sturdy yet artistic value to landscape designs. Since the planters can be designed in a variety of colors and styles, you actually can find just about any planter that you can imagine. Prices for cast stone planters can vary, much like the metal planters, and can be found at your local hardware store for around $30 or for more at custom retailers such as Merrifield Garden Center. The planters at Merrifield’s are truly works of art for your yard.
Planters made out of wood are the most common for most people and the most thought of for outdoor planters. Wooden planters are ideal containers in all weather environments because the wood will contract and expand with the changes in temperature. They also insulate plants during the winter months when temperatures are at their lowest. With many types of wood to choose from, wooden planters are probably the most popular of planters. The con is that wood does tend to rot so you need to be careful when choosing this material for outdoor use. You can pick up wooden planters at Lowes and Home Depot for under $50 or look for designer planters at retailers such as WoodPlanters which has roughly 400 items for “wood planters.”
Ceramic planters are a wonderful choice for landscaping because they have the widest range of styles, colors and textures. There are so many designs and shapes that practically anything is possible. Ceramic is perfect for plants that need lots of water, because the ceramic retains moisture. Although ceramic can be used for all plants as long as you make sure there is a drainage hole for those plants that do not thrive on a lot of moisture. You must be careful because ceramic, even those planters that are tested to be frost resistant, can crack and break because of water freezing and expanding in the planter. Make sure that you protect ceramic planters in extreme winter conditions. PlantContainers has a wonderful selection of ceramic planters in a wide variety of colors.
Copper planters are beautiful for a traditional landscape theme because copper ages when exposed to weather and gives the landscape an old, antique ambiance. They are durable yet lightweight and easily movable. Copper planters may begin with the shiny “new penny” look or the weathered, old antique touch that looks wonderful with ivy and vines. Ironstone Imports has a nice selection of copper urns and planters.
If you want a lightweight planter that is durable but artistic in nature, you may want to consider fiberstone planters. Fiberglass is mixed with limestone to create a sturdy material that is then used to create beautiful planters that are lightweight and waterproof. These planters give the look of real stone without the weight and cost of real stone. These planters come in many colors and sizes that will accommodate your needs perfectly.
I have found several retailers that offer a wide variety of flower pots, planters and boxes. The best that I have found for variety and price are: Yardiac, SimplyPlanters and PlantContainers. Each of these eRetailers offers a wide variety of materials, styles and colors for flower pots and planters. I recommend these sites for all of the above planters and much, much more.