Garden Planters – Types, Sizes, Materials

Small garden plantersWhen it comes to choosing a garden planter for your outdoor plants and flowers, you have many options.

Whether your planting requirements are large or small, or temporary or permanent, the type of outdoor garden planters you select can enhance your garden decor and help to develop the design or style of your outdoor space. Not sure which type of garden pots and planters are right for you? Read on for more information about different types and styles to choose from…

Wooden garden planters

A wooden garden planter can stand alone or can be built into a wooden garden bench or even directly into the design of a deck. These planters offer a natural design element and can fit into a variety of garden décor styles, from rustic to contemporary. Wood garden planters need to be sealed periodically, however, to prevent damage from water and insects that may be more likely when housing plants or flowers.

Metal garden planters

A metal garden planter can be purchased in just about any size needed and can add a contemporary flair to your outdoor space, or can provide a romantic or classic feel. Metal garden planters can be made from wrought iron, aluminum, brass, copper or steel, and can be polished and shiny or more distressed and rustic.

Stone garden planters

If you are looking for a textured backdrop to your colorful flowers, a stone garden planter may be the perfect fit. These planters can come with small pebbles throughout the exterior of the planter or can include a select few stones set at various locations of the planter. Stones are typically set into clay or ceramic.

Concrete garden planters

Concrete is a great material for large garden planters. A concrete garden planter can be constructed in any shape or size and they are often found in more commercial settings, due to the ease of making them in large sizes and their inability to be moved due to the heavy weight. Concrete garden urns and planters are best used in locations where planting is permanent, since they are not easily used.

Plastic garden planters

A plastic garden planter can range from a very small pot that houses seedlings to a large decorative planter to contain shrubs, plants, or flowers. These planters can be purchased in a wide variety of colors and textured finishes and many are made to look like planters made from more natural materials.

Resin garden planters

Like plastic, a resin planter can come in any size and almost any style or color. Resin planters are far lighter in weight than concrete or crushed stone planters, and are also less expensive as well. These are very versatile options for planting outdoors.

Clay garden planters

A clay garden planter is one of the most popular types of planters available for outdoor use. They are often reddish in color, but can also be gray, tan, or brown. In fact, clay planters can be dyed to be almost any color. Care must be taken in the winter so that clay planters left outdoors do not crack due to buildup of ice within the planter.

Ceramic garden planters

A ceramic garden planter can be very decorative and can come in a variety of finishes and textures. Care must be taken, however, with some ceramic planters since they are not made to withstand the change in temperatures during the winter and may crack. Smaller ceramic garden planters are best taken indoors during winter months and larger ones should be covered.

Garden Planter Boxes

A garden planter box can be installed along the edge of a deck rail or in front of a window (where it’s then often referred to as a window box or window planter). Garden planter boxes are also often seen gracing the front of garden buildings. These planters are typically constructed from wood to blend in with the surrounding deck or window trim, but they can also be made from a plastic or resin material.

Garden Wall Planters

A garden wall planter can add a great deal of interest to an exterior wall or fence. These planters typically have one flat side that rests against the wall or fence and the front of the planter is rounded or square. Materials for wall planters can vary from wood or clay to concrete or stone.

Herb garden planters

Almost any type of planter can house herbs, but an herb garden planter usually has multiple openings at various locations around the pot so that various herbs can all be grown together in the same planter. This makes it very convenient to grow your own herb garden in a very small space or even in locations that do not have a backyard. Most are constructed of clay or a plastic or resin material.

Large garden planters

When it comes to choosing a large garden planter, the best materials to consider are wood, concrete, metal or stone. Plastic or resin materials are also good choices for larger garden planters, due to their lightweight features, but depending on their location, they may discolor over time so they may not be as permanent an option as some other materials.

Small garden planters

A small garden planter can be constructed from almost any material, but you are most likely to find small pots and planters constructed from clay, ceramic, plastic or resin, or some types of metal (like brass or copper). Small planters are a great way to add splashes of color anywhere you want them, like along a patio or deck, on an outdoor dining table, near a pool, or along walkways. They can easily be moved and the smallest ones are easy to bring indoors when the weather gets cold.

Some photos of beautiful planters

Old garden planters with pink and blue flowers

Frog shape garden planter

Outdoor clay pot shape garden planter

Garden planters in front on the house

Garden planter with succulents

Garden planter tub shape with flowers

Wooden garden planter with pink flowers

Huge, cup shape garden planter

Antique garden planter with succulents

Stone wide garden planter with flowers

Beautiful garden planter

You can find garden planters in many different types of stores, ranging from home improvement stores and garden centers to discount stores and big box stores. You can also find garden planters online and in many catalogs, and the selection of planters available to purchase is almost as endless as your imagination.

Prices of garden planters will vary widely, depending on factors such as size, material, design and manufacturer.

No matter what type of garden planter you choose, adding outdoor garden planters filled with green plants and colorful flowers can add interest to your backyard space, color to your deck or patio, and can even provide a place to grow flowers or herbs if you do not have your own patch of earth in which to dig.

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