All about containers
Gardens don't always have to be in the ground. Container gardens are also good options for flowering plants and vegetables. The soil is critical to the survival of those plants, so sometimes you need to exercise caution when it comes to choosing the right flower pots to put them in. Garden flower pots can be constructed from a variety of materials. Whether you're trying to find wholesale flower pots or if you're handling your own flower pot crafts, you need to be aware of what materials should be used with which plants.
The types of flower pots available can be as simple as plastic flower pots or terracotta pots and saucers, or as ornate as a glazed pot with hand-painted artwork. How do you find the right pot? Here are five steps to follow:
- Consider the maintenance factor. Terracotta is well known for absorbing moisture very quickly, but they are just as well known for drying out very quickly. Ceramic pots are usually sealed with a crackled or plain glaze. Wooden planter boxes are unsealed and you will probably have to keep sealing them season after season, in order to prevent fading, rotting and splintering.
- The style of the flower pot should match the style of the home. Tall pots will normally work well with more modern decors, whereas the more casual, folk-art looking pots fit well with country-style or ranch homes. Just make sure that the style of the pot doesn't detract from the beauty of the plant.
- Pay attention the location of the plants. Container garden and deck garden pots need to be able to withstand the weather and be sturdy. Allow for drainage, put large saucers under large pots and add a few hanging plants to your deck or patio for looks.
- Keep things to scale. If you're thinking of decorating that large coffee table in the living room, nothing works better than a pot of chrysanthemums. A smaller table will look nice if it's adorned with a bonsai. Or you can place an indoor tree in a taller area requiring height.
- Educate yourself to the way that plants grow. Some plants do quite well in tighter areas than others. Some require a lot of area to accommodate their expansive root system. Pick the flower pot according to the plant's growth pattern. Determine if the plant requires direct light, filtered light or no light. Your local flower shops and nurseries will know the answers if you get stuck.
On a final note, you can find great deals and save money on flower pots by shopping at antique shops, rummage sales and flea markets.