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19 January. 2019.

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What You Need to Know about Garden Planters

With a variety of garden planter styles available, Austram planters help homeowners craft beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces. To help you optimize your backyard (or indoor) space, here’s some helpful information about garden planters.

Picking Garden Planters: What to Consider

When choosing a planter, think about where it will live or what you’ll be placing in it.

Where Will it Go?

Knowing where your planter will sit is important for choosing a planter that is well-suited for your goals. For example, if you want to large planters to flank an entryway, you’ll want to find large planters whose color and style matches your existing decor.

Similarly, if you’d like a tabletop planter, you may want to consider the size and shape of particular planters to ensure that you can comfortably see, speak, or pass food over your ultimate choice.

For indoor spaces, consider taking measurements so you don’t inadvertently get a pot that is too large. Also, be sure to take a look around the room in which your planter will go and choose some colors from your decor that you can coordinate your planter with.

What Statement Do You Want to Make?

When you think about where your planter will go, also consider the effect you want it to have. Do you want it to stand out—whether in size or with bold colors or design—or do you want it to smoothly integrate into its surroundings and let your plants speak for themselves? Keep this in mind as you browse—and do be afraid to change your mind. As you’re looking for a tan planter, you may find an amazing sky blue planter that just speaks to you.

What Will You Place in It?

If you have an idea about what you plant to place in your planter, consider its structure. Is it a tall plant that will need a deep planter? Succulents that call for a lovely bowl planter? Trailing plants that are best suited for a hanging planter? Are you thinking of combining multiple plants?

For a shrub or other upright plant, consider large planters that will allow them to root well.

For trailing plants, consider urns and tower planters which will provide plenty of height.

For broad plants, think about the size of the plant and the effect you want to create. These are versatile plants and will work well in a variety of planters.

If you don’t know what plants you’ll be placing in your planter, no problem! Choosing a planter first can help you focus more on style. As long as you know where you’ll be putting your planter, you can think about the kind of statement you want to make.

For example, let’s say you want to place hanging planters along the walkway to your home. You have a wide selection of planters to choose from. You can focus on color and opt for a fiber-clay hanging planter, or you can choose a metal hanging planter with a coco fiber liner. Even within those categories, you have more choices to help you narrow down your style. Let’s say you choose the metal hanging planter. Do you fancy something with a classic touch, a more ornate touch, or a modern look? Austram carries a large assortment of hanging planters, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Choosing Plants

If you’re thinking about planting more than one plant variety in your planter, consider the look you are going for. You can create a beautiful display by thinking about the different directions in which your plant will grow.

For example, let’s say you know you are placing your planter at a corner junction. The back of the planter, which will sit before a wall or deck railing, can feature taller plants, providing your planter with height. You can even add a small trellis and have vines growing in the back of your planter to add height.

The front of the planter is a great place for plants that will spill forward, such as different ivy variations and other trailing plants. Between the two, you can place a variety of plants that sit about halfway between the two in height and which can add color or texture. When combined, these types of plants will provide a full, lush look. Though do remember to give your plants room to grow!

Planting in a Planter

To place your plants in the planter, you’ll need potting soil or peat, stones or a screen, and a trowel or gardening gloves.

Cover the base of your planter with some stones or a screen to prevent soil from leaking out. This will also help ensure that water can drain properly so that the roots of your plants stay healthy.

Place some potting soil (or a soilless planting medium) in your planter, and then place your plants inside the planter as you’d like them to be. Start in the center and then work towards the larger plants in the back, and then the trailing plants in the front (if you have multiple plants). Fill spaces between your plants with additional soil.

Water your plants and add more soil if necessary. Place your planter in your preferred spot and, voila, marvel at your beautiful planter.

Maintaining Your Austram Planter

Austram planters are specially crafted to stand up to nature and time. Our patented fiber-clay pots can withstand temperatures from 40 below to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. They’re colorfast, crack resistant, and lightweight.

Our high-quality metal decor is made from zinc-plated, powder-coated metal so it’ll stay rust free and help you create a beautiful, elegant garden scene.

To keep your planters looking their best, simply wipe them down with soapy water to remove any dust or dirt that has accumulated through use.

If you choose to store your planters during colder months, empty them out before storing them and place them securely in your garage or shed.

Ready to look for your new planter? You can find your nearest Austram dealer by clicking here.

Don’t see a location near you? Be sure to mention Austram to your local garden center!

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