Things to consider when choosing a planter


Planters provide an attractive and flexible approach to landscaping. We offer planters in a range of materials and finishes to meet the requirements of different environments and different budgets. Once you have identified a product which satisfies those criteria the following should be considered.



1. What do you wish to plant? The minimum size/capacity of the planter will be determined by what you wish to plant.


2. Do you wish for the planter to follow the surface gradient or do you wish to level it? Where the surface is level or has only a slight gradient we recommend that the planter sits on the ground following its gradient as this avoids creating a dirt trap beneath the planter. In situations where the gradient is more pronounced or where it is crucial to have the planter sitting level we can (with some of our planters) offer a solution with levelling feet. Alternatively any of our planters can be shimmed level and if required can have a skirting fitted after installation following the slope of the ground.


3. Do you wish to provide seating in the area? Many of our planters combine seating with the planter box. In the case of low planters the top rim can incorporate a bench or in the case of taller planters the seat can project from the side, the side then acts as a backrest.


4. Are there weight restriction in the area being planted? In most cases the weight of the fill and plants is more significant than the planter box itself, this should nonetheless be borne in mind.


5. Is access limited to the area where the planters are to be placed? When planting in courtyards access is often restricted as the only way into the space is through the building. In such cases it may be neccessary to choose a 'bolt together' modular planter.