Planters are one of the most versatile of garden features, though on the surface, it may not seem like it. With a range of different shapes, sizes, colours and even the materials used in their construction, the selection of the right planter for your garden – whether indoors or outside – can be the difference between a contemporary feel or an English country garden.

Indoors

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Indoor planters often look very different from those that you’ll find for outside. They range in size and style quite dramatically. As people buy pots of fresh herbs or even grow herbs indoors, there are a lot of small planters out there which are perfect for putting the sage, thyme, basil and rosemary plants that you have in and when you water the herbs, water won’t come spilling out the bottom of the planters.
Cacti are another popular indoor plant that have a range of different planters designed for them as well as flowers such as orchids, and plants such as chillies, aloe and even bonsai trees.

Indoor planters come in a wide range of different designs to fit with different décor themes and are also designed as solutions to things such as space limitations, combining planters with other household items such as wall art and coffee tables to pet beds and kitchen cabinets.

Hanging indoor planters are very popular, especially in flats and smaller homes where space is at a premium as multiple planters can be hung on a single column. Equally wall planters are popular for the same reasons.
Indoor planters also manage to make use of many reclaimed items from obvious materials such as wood and plastics, but also more outlandish items such as wall hanging canvas show holders, drinks cans, wine racks and even unwanted ornaments and broken games consoles.

Outdoors

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Outdoor garden planters can be as small as those that you would normally use indoors and can be as big as people can imagine. Typically most people will think of urn style pots when talking about outdoor plant pots, but there are a variety of different shapes colours and materials that can utilised to great effect in a minimalist garden as well as an overgrown wilderness.

As every garden differs in size and design, so to do the types of planters that can be purchased. Whether you want a slate planters for your grassy garden or window boxes that can be attached to the sills and ledges. Outside windows in flats without balconies provide colour and outdoor plants a chance to grow in the elements as well as ranges of window boxes being adapted for decking and even gazebos, tall garden planters may also suit for decoration around a gazebos.
When it comes to garden fencing, planters have also been designed to act as panels in fencing so that you can have screens or even the boundaries of your garden marked by your chosen plants instead of wood that needs to be retreated and can be easily damaged.

For those who have ponds or other water features in their gardens there are also illuminated planters. These can look fantastic in the evening, casting well lit reflections over your garden pond. To add that something extra, floating planters can be bought or even made at home and are suitable for a wide range of plants from grass to flowering blooms and even herbs. Floating planters are a really good idea if you have fish in your pond as floating planters are a great way to improve the quality of the water as well as providing shade and helping to reduce the build up of algae.

Planter Shapes

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Planters come in a variety of different shapes depending on what they are intended to be used for. Square planters are usually found in more modern gardens, usually made from aluminium or metal. Floating planters tend to be round and shallow in shape, but there are some exceptions where people have used washing baskets sunk into a pond and cable tied together to form a planter bridge across ponds and other water features.
Typically planters come in square, rectangular and circular shapes, though within these shape parameters there is a wide range of different styles of large garden planter available from classic round urns, squat round planters, square and round planters that are thinner at the bottom than the top, the classic pot and even bucket urns.

Planter Materials

There are a few different materials that are used to make planters which range from stone to galvanised steel planters, terracotta, clay, plastic, wood and some forms of recovered materials. Depending on the style of the garden or environment that the planter is going to be used in as to the material it should made from.
Having a light metal planter or plastic planter in a wind tunnel will only result in the planters being blown over, where as a wooden large garden plant pot being used in a narrow hallway will be a heavy obstruction that will be painful to trip over.

The material that planters are made from can also dictate the shape that the planter will take. Where metal, plastic, clay and Stone planters can be sculpted into a wide selection of shapes, wooden planters are more restricted in the shapes they take, generally limited to squares formed by planks or natural forms of cut logs or trunks that have been hollowed out and treated.

Tree Planters

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Tree planters are something different than you might normally find in your average garden. Mostly large planters are used in communal spaces or are employed by councils to help improve the environment in town and city centres.
Tree planters tend to be made from wood, plastic, stone, terracotta or bricks, though aesthetically speaking, it is the brick, stone and wooden planters that have the most positive impact on the environment that they are found in. In terms of shape they tend to be limited to square/rectangle shapes when created from wood and circular when made from bricks.

When planters are crafted from bricks, they can be easily sunk into the ground, though often you may see brick planters where the roots of the trees are pushing the bricks up from underneath. In both wooden and brick tree planters there is the added bonus that benches can be incorporated into their design.
Tree planters are suitable to be used in gardens, however by aware when purchasing tree planters that you need to choose a planter that will be able to support the weight of your fully grown tree without toppling over.

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