Repetition is among the tools in theContainer gardeners tool chest for use alongside style, colour and shape to provide many wide-ranging and beautiful displays.

By: Ian George


Repetition:

#In the# planter garden, repeating of and symmetry are pleasing to #the eye# #and comfort# the mind.
Repetition as well as symmetry are design basics which are fundamental to many of the grand gardens with their avenues of trees, balustrades, steps, topiary and knot gardens. Seeing a single component recurring over and over does instil a sense of profusion and affluence. Rows #of large# potted orange trees, for example, adjoining a path are an impressive sight. While most of us cannot emulate #the scale# of grand designs, we are able to certainly apply the idea to our own, #more modest# gardens, to generate #a sense# of largesse and comfort. Even on #a small# scale, identical repeated plantings engender admiration and convey a suggestion of wealth. Rows of pots can also be used to emphasise or exaggerate perspective along a path or perhaps a walkway, and you can transform an ordinary rise of three or four garden steps #into a# garden entrance by placing #an identical# pot at either end of each step. Repeated plantings can be integrated amid the plants #in a# border. Use large planters that stand above #the existing# planting and place them #along the# length to produce continuity and provides the border unity. Harmonising the planter planting #with the# border either by colour or style will also enhance the general effect.

Grouping:

Moving planters around, trying them in this way,then trying them like that, #is one# of #the joys# container gardening. Through careful placement, #a group# of contrasting pots will be built #into a# unified, arrangement that has far superior impact than the sum of #the individual# pots. Grouping containers together #is a great# opportunity to #make #the most# of# their varying heights and styles. Another advantage of groups is that any gaps created by less mature plantings may be successfully disguised through skilful placing and overlapping. In creating container groupings you're combining the principles of balance, shape and proportion you have already applied to an individual planting. #A group# arrangement has more potential, providing you with #the flexibility# to constantly rearrange #the individual# planters for optimum effect. As the plants start to grow taller and begin to fill out, move the pots apart slightly to give each planting the possibility to develop fully and to produce a more luxurious display. To add #variety of# height #to your# grouping, consider raising a #number of# the planters on other upturned pots or place them on shelves. This is particularly useful for smaller planters, making them more discernible and increasing their stature.

Planter choice:

#Available in# a host #of new# and traditional materials, the choice #of outdoor# containers has never been better.
The surge in small-space living and a wish for immediate results has renewed popular interest in planter box gardening. This, consequently, has led #to huge# innovations in planter design and use of materials from which they're made. Traditional container materials like terracotta and stone are being employed to create modern adventurous designs, while experiments with new materials like moulded resin have given rise for an exceptional choice of planters. There's now #a style#, shape, size and colour of pot for each gardening situation and, if what you desire doesn't exist, #a one#-off pot or group of containers may be commissioned at #an affordable# rate. Such #variety of# containers gives ample scope for innovation and indulgence.

Which material is best?

#There is a# mixture of both practical and artistic decisions #to be# made when choosing the right container #for your# needs.
Wooden pots #have a# natural appeal but unless they are made from the more expensive hard, woods, like oak, they may need regular renovation #to prevent# them from deteriorating #in the# wet. Like wood, terracotta #has a# natural empathy - with all plant material and looks good when teamed up with most plant combinations. But terracotta is permeable and dries out more speedily so plants in terracotta containers require frequent watering. Steel containers produce a clean, pared down modern appearance and their durable surfaces are easy to clean. Terrazzo and some man-made planters create the same visual effect as metal with their simple designs. Additionally , there are now some excellent synthetic copies of lead cisterns #and large# terracotta planter boxes that #can achieve# a grand effect #on a# budget.

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The Lichfield Planter Company manufactures planters in all sorts of style, shapes and dimensions. All hand made and numerous designs all produced in wood. To view these #and many# more handcrafted products visite their internet site. www.thelichfieldplantercompany.co.uk” title=”planters”>planters

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