Sunday, September 8, 2013
Posted By: in Container Gardening

Well I thought I would touch on something other than plants but no less important to the garden- pots!

Containers for some people are the garden and for others they help to enhance and enrich the atmosphere of their green space or outdoor room.

Planters can be works of art and last literally decades so when selecting go for something that suits the location. Whimsy and bold can be fun, nice for a time but tend to be fad driven and fall out of favor sooner than later; however to each their own, as long as you like it that is all that really matters.

Colour is an important factor when selecting a container, earth tones and natural colours will blend with their surroundings and not be too jarring. Strong, bold colours add punch and contrast but be careful they are not too distracting or overwhelming.

whimsical and bold pottery

Colour is an important factor when selecting a container, earth tones and natural colours will blend with their surroundings and not be too jarring. Strong, bold colours add punch and contrast but be careful they are not too distracting or overwhelming.

You get what you pay for. My motto is "Quality is never too expensive". Skimping on size is never good, always go for the largest you can afford as the plants do grow and may quickly fill in the current pot.

quality that lasts for ever

Urns and containers of various shapes and sizes make for unique and interesting focal points in the garden. Sometimes we need something static to ground our attention and give us chance to simply pause and enjoy.

i stand alone

I like to use various containers as pieces of art in their own right. Some of the planters available are just beautiful and can be very intricate with their designs, displaying just the right amount of intrigue without being overwhelming, while others just entrance you with their simple elegance.

serenity sculpture & design

Sculpture or Container. Art by Design

ironplanter

This beautiful iron planter makes a unique and interesting accent. Not all containers need to be huge or in the traditional shape nor do they even need to be manufactured. Take the pumice stone planter below, nature's own creation.

pumice planter

Of course the classic's never fail to stand the test of time and find their way into gardens all over the world. Many designs have been around for hundreds of years and yet still manage to stake claim in our gardens alongside the newer, slicker models. There is something to be said for history and classical design.

classic italian terra cotta

Art's Nursery Garden & Home offers a huge and wonderful assortment of containers in colours and materials to suit your needs: concrete, iron, ceramic, terra cotta and more. They are also exclusive distributors of the Campania line of quality planters. Over the years Art's has been where I have found many planters that now grace my garden and capture the attention of visitors.

stacked slate

Go exploring and hunt for that perfect container. Do not be afraid to spend a little money on something unique as it will give you joy for many years. Who knows what you may find just laying around...? laying around

Lyle Courtice A.H.

Lyle Courtice A.H.

Lyle is a certified Horticultural Technician (Niagara College), Landscape Designer, Nurseryman and the proprietor of HarkAway Botanicals.

Since 1980 Lyle has worked in both the retail and wholesale sectors of the horticultural trade; he operates his own wholesale nursery, which focuses on an eclectic mix of rare and choice plant material from Asia, Europe and North America. Lyle has appeared on The Canadian Gardener and is a contributing author to A Grower’s Choice (Raincoast books 2001).

His horticultural expertise makes him sought after as a consultant, lecturer, photographer, instructor and writer. An industry veteran, Lyle is esteemed within the horticultural community for his passionate and often humorous enthusiasm for plants.

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