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How To Choose The Right Container

May 19, 2016 by Wright Outdoor Solutions

There are so many container options out there, so how do you choose the right one for you and your plants? Like any product, there are pros and cons to each type of container, so consider what size you want, the style you’re interested in, the material that will work for your space, and the weight. While you are out shopping at the Garden Center this season, make sure to check out the great selection of containers we have to offer. Curious about what kind to choose for your space? Read on for information regarding the varieties we offer and some things to consider when making your selection.

 

Blog Post #124 - How to Choose the Right Container (Glazed)

Glazed Ceramic

Pros
Glazed ceramic containers come in a range of colors and can help retain moisture due to the glaze. Generally handmade, glazed ceramic containers offer a unique touch to any landscape.

Cons
Although glazed ceramic containers are fairly hardy, they cannot withstand freezing temperatures and should be moved indoors when the weather gets extremely cold. They can also be fairly heavy once filled with soil and plantings. Thus, they are best for a more permanent location in your garden where you do not plan to move them around throughout the season.

 

 

 

Blog Post #124 - How to Choose the Right Container (Plastic)

Plastic

Pros
Plastic containers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. At an affordable price, these containers are a great addition to any landscape. They are also very durable and lightweight, making them easy to move around your landscaping throughout the season. They can withstand cold temperatures without cracking and won’t rot from the moisture of the soil.

Cons
Some containers do not have proper drainage holes in them and will require drilling additional ones for proper drainage. They can also heat up as the sun beats down on them, causing the soil to dry out and requiring more frequent watering.

 

 

Blog Post #124 - How to Choose the Right Container (Cement)

 

Concrete

Pros
Concrete containers are extremely durable and high quality ones can last several years. They often come in classic designs and styles, even some fun shades when color is mixed into the concrete.

Cons
They can be fairly heavy once filled with soil and plantings. Thus, they are best for a more permanent location in your garden where you do not plan to move them around throughout the season. To be safe, it is also best to bring these indoors during the cold winter temperatures.

 

 

Be sure to stop by the Garden Center to pick up a new container or two. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect plants and flowers to fill them with too. For more information on our Garden Center, visit us online, or give us a call at 515.987.6334.

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