Considerations For Choosing Ideal Planters In Vancouver
When the interior of your home needs a little more character or ambiance, or the outside needs some sprucing up, plants can offer a fresh appeal that brings color and life to your home. But good landscaping and interior greenery requires forethought and planning to make sure it all comes together right.
One of the most important parts of that planning is what type of containers you want for your plants. Containers offer a neat appearance, and can add mobility to your landscape, allowing you to choose varieties you wouldn't normally be able to grow in Vancouver without bringing them indoors to overwinter.
With a few tips, you'll be able to select the right planter for your Vancouver home's landscaping and decorating needs.
The first consideration should be the size of the planter, especially if you have a smaller or more unique space to work with, or if you want to put multiple plants into one container. The roots need room to spread for plants to flourish, so you want to make sure that the planter is big enough for your purposes.
At the same time, you also want plants that are reasonably sized for the amount of space you have, such as a corner on the front porch, the edge of the front steps, or a smaller space within your home. Choose a planter that appears to be two sizes larger than the plant needs. This will allow the plant room to grow, without taking up too much space.
It's important to maintain the right balance of water and air in your planter's soil. Too much drainage and the water will drain out fast, drying out your roots. Too little drainage will result in bogged-down soil without enough oxygen for your plant roots, which can result in root rot.
So be sure to choose planters with the needs of your particular plants in mind. A planter made of breathable material and which has proper drainage is best for your plants. A wooden planter is often chosen for this reason, because it offers the "best of both worlds."
Depending on how you plan to garden, who will be taking care of the plants, and any physical limitations that person might have, you may need planters that are highly mobile. If this is the case, the weight of the planter will be an important factor for planter mobility and ease of care.
You also want to make sure that you don't put a heavy planter on porches or balconies that may not be able to withstand the weight. This can result in disaster. Be sure to take into consideration not just the planter, but its full weight when filled with dirt, plants, and water, and stick with a lighter weight planter if you know it will be situation in a weight-sensitive location.
Taking these factors into consideration will help you make wise planting choices for your Vancouver home and garden, and make your planters the highlight of your landscaping and decor.