Repetition is among the tools in thePlanter box gardeners tool chest to be used alongside style, colour and shape to provide numerous varied and delightful displays.

By: Ian George


Repetition:

#In the# planter box garden, repeating of and symmetry are pleasing to #the eye# #and comfort# the mind.
Repetition with symmetry are design fundamentals which are essential to many of the grand gardens with their avenues of trees, balustrades, steps, topiary and knot gardens. Seeing just one component recurring over and over does instil a feeling of profusion and richness. Rows #of large# potted orange trees, as an example, flanking a pathway are a powerful sight. While the majority of us can't emulate #the scale# of grand designs, we can certainly apply the idea to our own, #more modest# gardens, to produce #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 stress or exaggerate perspective along a path or a walkway, and you'll transform a normal rise of three or four garden steps #into a# garden entrance by placing #an identical# pot at either end of every step. Repeated plantings could be incorporated amongst the plants #in a# border. Use large pots that stand above #the existing# planting and place them #along the# length to create continuity and provides the border coherence. Harmonising the container 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# pot gardening. By careful placement, #a group# of contrasting planters will be built #into a# unified, arrangement which has far superior impact than the sum of #the individual# planter boxes. Grouping pots together #is a great# opportunity to #make #the most# of# their varying heights and styles. The other benefit of groups is that any gaps created by less mature plantings may be effectively disguised through skilful placing and overlapping. In creating pot groupings you're combining the principles of balance, shape and proportion that you have already applied to an individual planting. #A group# arrangement has more potential, providing you with #the flexibility# to continuously rearrange #the individual# planters for maximum effect. As the plants begin to grow taller and begin to fill out, move the pots apart slightly to provide each planting the chance to develop fully and to produce a more opulent display. So #as to# add #variety of# height #to your# grouping, consider raising a few of the pots on other upturned pots or position them on shelves. This is particularly useful for smaller planters, making them more discernible and increasing their stature.

Planter box choice:

#Available in# a host #of new# and traditional materials, the selection #of outdoor# planter boxes has never been better.
The upsurge in small-space living and a wish for immediate results has renewed people's interest in pot gardening. This, in turn, has led #to huge# improvements in planter design and use of materials from which these are made. Traditional pot materials like terracotta and stone are being used to create modern adventurous designs, while experiments with new materials like moulded resin have given rise for an exceptional choice of containers. There is currently #a style#, shape, size and colour of pot for each gardening situation and, if what you wish doesn't exist, #a one#-off planter box or group of planter boxes could 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 planter box #for your# needs.
Wooden planters #have a# natural appeal but unless they are made from the more expensive hard, woods, like oak, they'll need frequent 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 nearly all plant combinations. But terracotta is permeable and dries out more quickly so plants in terracotta containers require frequent watering. Steel containers create a clean, pared down modern appearance and their durable surfaces are easy to clean. Terrazzo and many man-made pots create the identical visual effect as metal with their simple designs. In addition there are currently some very good synthetic copies of lead cisterns #and large# terracotta containers which #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. Each #and every# one handcrafted and numerous styles every one produced in wood. To view these #and many# more handcrafted products visite their website. www.thelichfieldplantercompany.co.uk” title=”planters”>planters

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