Containers are an essential part of any garden. They can help you create an eye-catching display and add a bit of personality to your outdoor space. Containers come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, so there’s no shortage of options when it comes to selecting the right one for your plants. In this post we’ll discuss some of the most common types of containers as well as some tips for choosing them based on plant type and size (not just height!).
First, let’s look at terminology we’ll be using.
First, let’s look at terminology we’ll be using. You may have heard the word container but not really known what it means. Container gardening is simply growing plants in pots or planters instead of directly in the ground. There are many different types of containers you can use for your garden and each type has a certain size and shape that works best with certain types of plants.
Some common terms associated with containers include:
- Pot – A pot is a large container used for growing plants indoors or out, but usually indoors. They come in every shape and size imaginable, as well as various materials such as plastic or clay pots which require watering more often than other materials due to their porous nature (they absorb water faster).
- Planter – A planter is any sort of smallish container that holds soil around its perimeter so you can plant seeds directly into the soil without having to worry about transplanting later on! Planters tend to be shallow compared to most other kinds because they’re meant for smaller root systems like annuals.”
What types of containers can I use?
You can choose from a variety of container materials. Plastic containers are lightweight, cheap and easy to find. Metal containers are sturdy and can be used for years. Wood is also an excellent choice if you’re looking for something that’s both sturdy and beautiful! Ceramic pots have the benefit of being waterproof, which prevents soil from leaching out into the surrounding environment.
The best material will depend on what type of plants you’re growing: annuals require shallow root systems, so their container shouldn’t be too deep; perennials have deeper roots than annuals do—you should consider using larger pots to accommodate them!
How many plants should I have in my planter?
How many plants should I have in my planter?
This is a question we get asked a lot, but the answer is different for every gardener. The number of plants that you put into your container depends on how much maintenance you want to do and how big each plant will get. If you have more plants, they’ll need more water as well (so if you’re growing annuals or perennials such as pansies or lavender, keep that in mind). Most people start with just one plant per container—that way they don’t waste money on too many flowers when they don’t know if they’ll like them enough actually grow them!
Give your plants room to breathe.
When choosing a container, make sure to consider how much room it will give your plants. For example, if you’re putting a plant that needs lots of water in a container that doesn’t have drainage holes and there’s only about an inch of soil at the bottom, that plant isn’t going to be able to get any water from its roots. On the other hand, if you put that same plant in a large pot with lots of soil at the bottom but no drainage holes (you didn’t read about this earlier?), then all the water might just sit there instead of seeping down into the soil where it belongs.
Potting Soil: When buying potting soil for annuals or perennials, look for one specifically designed for each type of flower and vegetable rather than generic bagged “soil mix.” You can also add organic matter like compost or peat moss (but not too much!). Organic matter helps loosen up compacted soils as well as improve drainage by holding moisture better than regular clay-based dirt does on its own.”
Consider the weight of the container.
If you’re worried about the size and weight of your planter, it’s important to consider the following:
- Lightweight containers are easier to carry, move around and lift. If you need help moving heavy pots, try using a dolly.
- Lightweight containers are also much easier to store than heavier pots. It’s important that whatever container you choose is easy for you—and anyone else who may be helping out—to get into your car or truck easily when transporting plants from one place to another. This will ensure they arrive safely at their destination!
- If you’re going through all this trouble just because a plant looks pretty in a certain type of pot (or planter), remember that lightweight pots have an added bonus: They won’t weigh down shipping costs if ordered online!
Where should I place my planter?
We talked a little bit about the best plants for containers, but what about where you should place your containers?
If you live in a shaded area, it’s best to place your planter in an area that receives partial sun. In this case, I recommend using a container with no drainage holes (a clay pot or something similar). This will protect your soil from getting too wet and helping you prevent root rot. If you live somewhere without any shade at all, then by all means put it in full sun! Just make sure that there is enough water flowing through the pot so that everything remains moist (but not wet).
Parting Thoughts – a few more considerations to make when designing containers and planters.
- Consider the overall appearance of your planter.
- The container should be appropriate for the size and type of plant you’re planting (i.e., a small pot won’t work for a tree.)
- Take into account how much maintenance is required by each container type, as well as how long it will take for them to look “natural” again after being replanted or re-painted (as with metal containers).
Don’t forget that the overall appearance of your planter is important, too!
Don’t forget that the overall appearance of your planter is important, too! It’s not just about how big it is or what container material you choose. You also have to consider how you want to display your planter. Is it going to be a centerpiece on a table? Will you put it next to another plant in an arrangement? Is this going to be something you keep inside all year long, or will it go outside during warmer months and then come back inside during colder ones?
The appearance of your planter should be in line with the rest of your home decor (or at least complementing it). You don’t want something that clashes with everything else around it—it needs to fit in perfectly! If possible, try customizing the look even further by painting or staining its exterior so that the details reflect who YOU are as well…
In conclusion, we highly recommend using containers in your garden or outdoor space. Not only will it help you to save money and water, but also because they add a lot of color and character to your outdoor space. If you’re looking for something that’s unique and colorful, containers are definitely the way to go! With all their different shapes and sizes available at stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s, there’s no reason why anyone should not be able to find exactly what they want when shopping around for new planters.