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Jardinièrs, Old Barrels, and More: Plant Containers Galore

Category: Garden & Interior Design | Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:42 pm

In this installment of my blog, I'm going to discuss the different types of outdoor planters that can be used. Remember, you don't necessarily want a single type; rather mix and match as you see fit. Be creative and have fun.

First, we have NeoClassical 19th Century French Jardinièrs. These are elegant, and are authentic 19th Century Antiques. Of course, you can also go with reproductions, but the real thing is always (WAY) cooler. To preserve the painted design on these, I'd suggest keeping them indoors, or in a screen room. Restrained elegance comes to mind with this pair.

Next there's a Classical pair of painted cast iron urns. These show weathering and rusting on the metal surfaces where the paint has weathered off. Leaving these outdoors isn't going to ruin them. It will take longer than a few lifetimes.

These are also authentic French antiques, from the mid nineteenth century. Their timeless beauty and stark realness of the weathered metal will help bring out the beauty of any sort of flowers that are growing in them. Bright flowers would work well.

From metal, we move on to rubber. Yes; we're going to discuss tires. Tires can be used to create walls, change the grade of land, or as unpainted, or painted containers. Tires may be stacked to achieve a deeper container size, or left as single-tire containers. With eco-consciousness no longer something to sneer at, even the most traditional tastes will smile and see that recycling can be beautiful and thought provoking.

Next is concrete. Concrete is heavy and strong, and a larger planter can help separate outdoor space nicely. Unfinished concrete is probably your best choice, as its natural color and texture is usually extremely interesting in contrast with the various shades of green planted within.

Wood is good. Oak barrel planters are always in style. There are different finishes that may be applied, though the beauty is always in the grain of the wood itself. Wood does degrade rather quickly, but such planters may be treated to extend their life. Wood can help make a place feel more cozy, and less formal.

Finally, we have the humble plastic containers. Most of my containers are plastic, because plastic is cheap, lightweight, and usually lasts a long time (depending on the specific variety.) Plastic can be molded to look like wood, concrete, metal, and anything else one can think of.

Plastic is the most versatile material that we can employ, and if many containers are used, consider a few authentic antique planters, a few concrete planters, and many plastic and wood ones. How you choose to arrange them depends on your own taste, and the dictates of how the space is to be divided and used.

(C) 2010 Masara

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