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The Perfect Pots

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Landscape: Picking the Perfect Pot

  • Pat Raven, Ph.D., and Julie Hess

January makes a fabulous time to plan your spring garden. Kick back, flip through glossy catalogues and dream.

But after you decide what you want to grow, give thought to what to grow it in. Gardening in containers adds opportunity – to give the garden vertical diversity, extra growing space and architectural importance. Every well-appointed portico, lawn panel or patio deserves special attention as you furnish it with these classy garden accessories.

You own statement jewelry. Why not select statement containers for your spring garden?

So – what materials work best?

High-quality containers make a great investment. Prices begin at modest levels, but may rise to thousands of dollars for antique or very large pieces. Also, new tough and durable materials increase container choices.

Today’s plastic pots incorporate ultraviolet-light inhibitors that help them to last more than a season or two. Double-wall designs with thick rolled edges and natural matte finishes lend them a classier look, and built-in self-watering features on some models add convenience. Lighter in weight and resistant to dents, these newer styles nicely suit local gardens.

Read the full article: Ladue News

 

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.