Choosing|Selecting|Deciding on|Picking} the right window box for the home as well as the garden is never easy as it'd first appear.

By: Ian George


The precise choice of planter is always #very much# a matter #of personal# taste, but the proper size and shape are #of the# utmost significance for #creating a# pleasing effect.
A planter having a sizeable degree of growing medium will dry out less quickly than a smaller pot ; it will even be #capable of# sustaining larger, more vigorous plants. #As a# general rule, planters with a diameter smaller than 23cm really #should not# be used for hot, dry situations. Some vases and urns which are very attractively formed and balanced possess a soil capacity and planting area which are comparatively small. Always ensure they are going to give adequate depth of soil or compost #to accommodate# plant root systems both #in the# middle #and at# the sides of your container. 10cm is barely adequate #to ensure# adequate root area for small edging plants. It is best too #to consider# carefully before deciding on planters with narrow mouths, because in spite of their overall volume these offer only a very confined area for planting. To some degree this problem can be overcome by grouping some containers together to make a bolder display.
Always look for pots with large or heavy bases to give stability, especially where there may be #to be# regular flow of people.
At planting, nearly all plants used will be fairly small. Always allocate adequate space #to accommodate# the plants once they are fully grown. A number of containers, principally stone ones, can be very heavy to pick up and move, even though #this is a# bonus for stability. Such containers usually are not easily brought home in the car, special delivery might have #to be# arranged. Some vases are made in sections, but even their individual parts can be weighty and awkward to carry. For drainage, there should always exist one large hole or a number of smaller holes in the bottom of your planter. Modern designs will more often than not be #out of# place in old surroundings, but the converse isn't necessarily the case. Containers made in natural materials will more often than not look best, but tend to be #more expensive# #to acquire#, specially if they have been hand-crafted or sculptured.
When siting a container, take into consideration #ease of# #access to# facilitate maintenance. For example, it must be possible #to reach# window boxes for watering, specially #if the# windows do not open #at the# bottom. lf #you plan# to place #a hanging# basket over an entry, bear in mind the nuisance of dripping water. Situations exposed to continuous sunlight #can lead# to rapid drying out, and wind may cause damage to plants.
The grouping of planters demands #a certain# sensitivity. Size and number should be proportionate #to the# setting. Numerous small planters scattered about an area do not automatically produce a bold impact #and can# look fussy.
#A group# of small planters can also be #more difficult# to look after. One large container sited to dominate #an area# can be a lot more eye catching and effective, and certainly offers the advantage of easier maintenance.
A solitary tall, narrow pot, like a chimney pot or drainpipe can look insignificant unless skilfully planted. These kinds of pots tend to look considerably more impressive when grouped.
Chimney pots of various heights will always create a better effect. lf it is only possible to obtain pots of comparable height, extra height will be achieved for variation by standing a few of the pots on stones, or by means of setting the front ones lower by digging a hole in #the ground# wherever it is possible. The pots will also look more pleasing if grouped close together. The same principle #can be# extended to other kinds of containers, #as a# general rule. #A group# of planters should present a spread of different heights.
lf a number of planters are #to be used# the group usually looks better together if they're comparable in design, or made from the same material. Nevertheless, completely different types of containers #are usually# acceptable if they are placed apart and separated by more permanent plantings. There will, however, be no difficulty if dissimilar pots are planted #with a# covering of trailing plants.

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The Lichfield Planter Company manufactures planter boxes in all types of style, shapes and dimensions. Each #and every# one handcrafted and numerous designs every one created in wood. To see these #and many# more handcrafted products visite their web site. planters

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