What Are the Benefits of Concrete Pots?

Container gardening allows you to plant a variety of flowers, herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs or ferns with limited space or adds mobility to plants in a larger garden. Nearly anything can be used as a planter, and each type of container has its own benefits and drawbacks. For larger plants and trees that you’re not planning to move, concrete pots could be a good option. DURABILITY Concrete is a strong and durable material, and unlike wood or plastic containers that will rot or become brittle over time, concrete will last year after year. Since concrete is heavy, concrete planters are less likely to blow over in the wind or get knocked down by children, pets or lawnmowers. If you live in a damp climate, concrete won’t be ruined by prolonged rain or humidity.

SIZE Larger plants, such as trees and shrubs, require large containers to give their root systems adequate space to grow. Many concrete planters come in large sizes and are strong enough that large roots won’t break the pot. When planting flowers, herbs, vegetables or smaller plants with smaller root systems, having a large container means less root crowding and greater moisture conservation in the soil.

INSULATION The thickness of concrete containers combined with their lighter color will help protect the soil from temperature fluctuations. Darker-colored pots tend to draw in heat and can quickly damage roots and cause the soil to dry out, particularly in hot, sunny climates. What Are the Benefits of Concrete Pots?

DECORATION Concrete can be stained or painted to create a range of decorative effects, or, if left bare, can develop an aged, mossy look for a more natural, classical look. Unlike plastic containers, concrete planters often have decorative elements. For a customized concrete container, add mosaic tiles to the outer surface for an extra pop of color.

CONSIDERATIONS Since concrete is porous, the soil inside tends to dry out more quickly than it does in non-porous containers. Either seal the inner surface of the container with a waterproof concrete sealant or water your plants more frequently to prevent wilting. Concrete containers are heavy, and once you add soil and plants, they become difficult to move, so choose the location of your concrete containers carefully before planting. Planters that make a statement: Consider using large urns, and stately containers for porches that need ambiance, structure, and presence. Especially around large decks, lanais, and pools, large planters can become the focal point! Plant topiaries and medium sized trees to bring visual interest to grand entryways and front porch areas.

Stately planters tend to have foliage and plantings that bring vertical visual interest to a home. Also use planters in foyers, and around outdoor entertaining spaces to bring greenery and visual ‘walls’ around conversation areas. Planters are a great opportunity to give your porch or outdoor living space a lively and welcoming ambiance. Planters come in a variety of sizes, materials and heights. Consider the size and scale of your porch before purchasing planters. Often times we under or over estimate the size of our outdoor space and are disappointed with the final visual outcome. The same is true when picking the greenery for your planters. Too large or too small plantings can make your porch feel overwhelmingly small, or too large and impersonal. Planters are versatile and eye catching, add a few to your porch today

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