Choosing Garden Containers

Containers differ in their durability, insulating properties, price and style. These tips will help you choose the best for your garden.
From: DK Books - Learn to Garden

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Classic Terra Cotta

Terra cotta or clay pots allow roots to breathe, reducing waterlogging. However, the porous nature of the pot means more frequent watering is required.

Synthetic Variety

Plastic, fiberglass, and resin containers are widely available alternatives to traditional materials. They are lightweight and frostproof.

Metal of Honor

Metal containers come in many shapes and sizes. Many are suited to modern settings. Use a liner to insulate roots against frost.

Wood Planters

Natural wood containers provide a perfect foil for plants. Wood is light and easy to handle, but must be treated if it is to last.

Beautiful and Durable

Stone containers are durable and work for both traditonal and contemporary gardens. However, they can be both expensive and heavy.