Choosing Materials for Your Garden Containers
Containers come in a wide range of materials, from metal to ceramic to wood, but the right choice depends on three key factors: the design of your garden or patio, where the containers are to be positioned and the size of your budget.
- Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
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Advantages: Shiny metal containers have great appeal, particularly in modern, minimalist settings. Use with shapely, sculptural plants, such as bamboos, grasses and large-leaved exotics.
Disadvantages: Metal heats up quickly on scorching midsummer days. To avoid plant roots becoming frazzled in hot, quick drying potting mix, line the insides of containers with bubble plastic or plastic sheeting. This will also act as a quilt in winter, protecting the roots from freezing temperatures.
Tip: Plant metal containers with spreading, shapely leaves for a sculptural touch.
Advantages: A wide range of synthetic containers (usually plastic) are now available in many different colors and shapes. Inexpensive and fun in the right setting, they’re also lightweight (for those with badbacks), and are ideal for roof gardens and balconies where you need to minimize the load.
Disadvantages: Not suitable for tall or top heavy plants, which may blow over in strong winds. Avoid using them in sober, traditional settings, where they can look cheap and tacky.
Tip: Set off flashy containers with equally strong planting.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
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