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I began my research on The Home Depot Garden Club and then went to a few other internet articles. First be sure to determine what you are going to plant and where your planters are going to be located. That is key in the rest of your research. For me, I am going to be revamping my container herb garden. For the past few years it has basically looked the same and well it has seen better times. The bench actually fell apart y’all. So it is time to start over and make it look awesome.
- Ceramic is not good if you plan to leave your planters out during a cold winter as they will crack when frozen. Most ceramic planters do not have drain holes so drilling of holes in the bottom may be required. They are generally very heavy so do not use if you expect to move the planter. Ceramic is excellent at retaining water so your containers will not dry out as quickly. They are also readily available in lots of colors and designs.
- Metal may actually overheat the roots and soil if used in direct sunlight. These also require maintenance due to rusting issues. The outside of the container will get a lovely patina but you don’t want to rust through the inside. A plastic liner may be useful with metal containers. Most come without drain holes so you may need to add once purchased. They are generally affordable and lightweight for movement after planted.
- Plastic/Fiberglass planters are actually long lasting but they can become brittle over time when left out in the weather. However they will not break when dropped, kicked, or knocked over by balls (ask me how I know). The brittleness however is exactly why the planters I have now are going to have to all be replaced. These planters are very lightweight and are not useful for any plants that are top heavy. They are also readily available, affordable, and there are so many options in design at The Home Depot. (You might be able to tell which way I am leaning already.)
- Terra Cotta planters are gorgeous in my opinion but there are drawbacks. Did you know that because they are so porous they dry out very quickly? I am not the best at watering my plants so I was very concerned about this. I did find an article that suggests soaking the terra cotta pot in water for at least 30 minutes before planting anything in it to help the pot to retain moisture. Yes I love the look enough that I really want to bring some terra cotta into my plans. Other drawbacks include that they are breakable, may crack if frozen, and can be heavy when planted. I love that they already come with drainage holes and I won’t have to worry about any of that drilling. Plus they are definitely budget friendly.
- Wood planters are another one that makes my heart pitter patter. They do require maintenance and can rot. A liner may help to protect the inside. They can be heavy if they are large but just think of the possibilities of building whatever you want! Those planters that are half of an old barrel really make me smile. I love that aged and worn patina. Plus wood provides good drainage and is affordable.
So from my material descriptions above you might guess that I have narrowed down my options to plastic, fiberglass, terra cotta, and wood. Each for different reasons but at least I am making an informed decision. I feel like I need to head to The Home Depot and actually look, touch, and pick up the planters to make my final decision.