There are so many lovely plant containers and pots available for use in our gardens, on decks and porches, and indoors. How do you choose the best one? Too often we are guided by our taste alone. Good thing Snellville Landscaping Pros provided a short but complete list to read on. To keep your container gardens growing happily and healthily, you should give some consideration to the plant’s needs when choosing outdoor pots.

Outdoor pots are an effective way to add color, depth and texture to your garden. Available in a diverse range of colors, shapes, and sizes, choosing the right style pot can provide you with the perfect feature to finish off your outdoor space. 

Whether you’re looking to use outdoor pots to provide structure or create instant appeal, or bring life to an area of your garden, there are several things to consider to find the right style and size.

1.       Location

Choose exactly where your pots will be located to ascertain its size, functionality, and shape. Do you need a statement piece for your outdoor space, or are you using potted greenery to screen off an area? Are you positioning in at an entrance to add interest?

2.       Aesthetics

Look for pots that you love and pieces that reflect the style of your architecture. Are your materials crisp with strong, clean lines, or do you favor natural materials with a rugged aesthetic? Is your home tradition modern or coastal?

Also, choose an outdoor pot that complements your landscape design. This could be through materiality, color, or texture. What you plant in the pot will also help strengthen the connection between the pots and the garden. So, ensure the foliage and blooms complement the aesthetics of your chosen vessel.

3.       Mateials

Outdoor pots are available in a variety of materials, such as timber, stone, ceramic, fiberglass, and plastic. Choosing the material for your pot will affect both the overall look and the function of the container.

Terracotta is a classic material for pots and is perfect for citrus plants and herbs due to its porous nature. On the other hand, plastic pots are typically waterproof, making them suitable for plants that require moisture.

If you’re looking to add texture and warmth to your outdoor space, hand-thrown pots of timber planters or terracotta can look stunning. For a more contemporary, streamlined look, concrete pots or folded metal planters may be more suitable.

4.       Color

When thinking of a color, consider how the tones work with the architecture, hard surfacing, and the soft landscape. Generally, tones of greys, browns, whites, or blacks work best in an outdoor setting against green foliage. Steer clear of bright primary colors as not only can they clash and distract for your plants, they can also date quickly.

5.       Size

It may be tempting to have a collection of little pots adding life to your outdoor space, but it can make the area lose visual impact and feel cluttered. While it’s important to consider what will fit into space, it’s worth being brave with your pot size and opting to go large.

It also helps to know what variety of plants you wish to plant. This will significantly impact your pot size as you don’t want to re-pot a plant because its roots have grown too big for the vessel. Likewise, if you choose a pot that is too large for the plant, the soil can smother the roots and remain too wet. Your plant grower or nursery should be able to advise the size that will suit the varieties you’re thinking of planting.

6.       Composition

Consider how you will arrange your pots in the outdoor space when thinking about the sizes and textures. Two identical large urns flanking an entrance, path, or stairway can create a classic aesthetic. Equally, a cluster of the same color pots but varying textures and sizes are the perfect way to add interest to a corner of a space, on a balcony or beside entrance steps.

7.       Soil

Once you’ve selected your outdoor pots and plants, its time to consider the type of potting mix, the soil you use will determine your plants’ health and how well they’ll mature. Opt for the best quality and choose a brand that displays your country’s approval logo. You may need to re-pot your plants every few years in a fresh potting mix.

Finally, ensure there is enough drainage by raising your pots off the ground. This can be achieved with compressed rubber base, timber blocks or feet.