A New Idea in Gardening: Important Things to Know

It’s very possible to assume that the garden planter is only effective in softening the sharp lines and man-made materials of the contemporary home. It is true that the garden planter works very well in this area.  The plants add a touch of organic and properly used can alter your contemporary home to any mood or atmosphere.

However, the garden planter can certainly be used in any home to add that decorative organic touch. Is there an area of your home that needs an easy curve?  Trying putting in a container plant with wide broad leaves. 

There is any number of plants and planters that can be used in any style of home. 

Homes will often have natural niches that are just perfect for the garden planter. They can fit against that glass wall, the picture window, or that wide recessed bay window. 

It usually doesn’t take much space to create the feeling of a deeper woodsy place. Usually, all that’s needed is a few containers of well-chosen plants. Remember that to create the right mood you need to carefully choose your plants.

One can easily create a mood of elegance with a glass container of Orchids on the half wall separating the living room and the dining room.  A long low planter of Hawaiian ferns can bring the tropics to your home, even if it’s a large rambling Victorian.

You can also add garden planters at any point in the life of your home. If you are building and happen to think of it you can have the builders create some built-in planters.

However, there isn’t a need to remodel your preexisting home if you want to bring in more plants. Planters can be made to fit existing areas of the home and they have the added benefit of being portable should you decide to move. 

Planters are also popular with apartment and house renters for this specific reason, after all, one shouldn’t be kept from enjoying their love of plants simply because they rent their home. These planters can also be moved to hide defects in the architecture. 

As homes get older they settle and sometimes small cracks can develop in the walls. One can spend an inordinate amount of time spackling and spackling these cracks but until the home is done settling those cracks are just going to keep coming back. A well-placed series of planters can hide such defects from your sight and that of your visitors.

The container garden may sound like a lot of work but in the long run, it turns out to be easier to manage than an outdoor garden. It’s not difficult to control the environment of the planter garden as it typically consists of several planters that are small in space and carry a minimum of dirt. 

If you need to you can move the portable planters to someplace where it’s easier to do gardening work, such as transplanting, pruning, and watering, and bring the planter back to its normal resting place.

Container Gardens and Garden Planters

In nearly every modern home one can find an example of the garden planter filled with a choice selection of flora to help decorate and alter the flow of the home and garden area. 

Planters can be created out of just about any container in the world. There are milk jug planters used by the eco-friendly home, and toilet bowl planters placed in the lawns of those with a sense of humor. 

Time has shown all really needed in the garden planter world is a little ingenuity and effort to create a successful garden planter. 

Planters, as mentioned before, are useful both indoors and outdoors. Many enjoy gardening but lack space or are restricted by their zoning laws. 

Garden planters can allow these green thumbs to bring plants back into their lives. There’s no law that states you have to have decorative flora in your garden planter, you can certainly grow a tomato plant in one and use it as the centerpiece on your kitchen table if you like.

In fact, those utilizing garden planters indoors have discovered that a whole new way to divide and accent space is opened up to them.  Garden planters make effective tools in interior design. Place a series of tall potted ferns in a large square room to create an organic artificial divide.

Or set up a few growing philodendrons in prominent places and you may find that conversation is filled with the progress of those little plants. 

A boy’s room certainly looks a bit stark at times and you can easily enhance it with a planter filled with tall broad-leafed plants in the corner. 

Plus by having him take care of it you are teaching him something about responsibility and he may even bond a bit with the plant though he’ll probably never admit that.

Contemporary architecture tends to create a lot of niches in and around the home that allows for the placement of smaller items and potted plants. 

This may be a part of what has allowed the popularity of garden planters to skyrocket. Garden planters in turn come in just about any shape and size to fill these niches. 

They help us to create the atmosphere in a room, alter the flow of traffic through a room, act as conversation starters, and are just plain decorative.

Possibly the idea of the garden planter started way back when California was still a part of Mexico and the United States was growing at an ever-increasing pace. The housing out west at the time envisioned the patio as a kind of enclosed space, with four walls and no roof. 

Naturally, vines and other plants grew along the inside of these walled spaces and many patios at the time were filled with garden plants and orange trees. 

Or maybe it goes even further back to the time of the Romans and their central courtyards, an opening created when a home was built in a square with a roofless section in the middle. 

These courtyards were pooled with overhanging roofs designed to catch the rainwater.  Invariably plants grew in these container water gardens. However, it happened the idea of bringing the outdoors caught on and spread like wildfire.