The warmer months are finally back or were always there depending on where you’re from and now it’s time to get the outdoors of our homes looking nice and pleasant again. Guess what? That starts with having different types of flower pots that make our yards look appealing and elegant.
But you don’t just want to go for outdoor flower pots that give you those dandy looks. You also want your different types of planters to be efficient for your plants, long-lasting, durable, affordable, and resilient.
Below the Seasonal Preferences Team has provided you with a thorough run-through of the various types of flower pot materials with pros and cons as well as the different styles that can make your yard delightfully welcoming.
Different Materials of Flower Pots
There are a wide variety of flower pot materials each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Some of the main factors to look for when choosing the type of material for your flowering planters are:
- Drainage Efficiency
With that being said, you might be wondering what is the best material for outdoor planters. There are actually quite a few great choices and we will be covering all of them with their pros and cons. So let’s get started.
Plastic/Fiberglass Flower Pots
This is the most common selection nowadays as plastic plant containers fit a more modern/contemporary style that is very attractive. They can come in a variety of different colors, styles and shapes.
The most common plastics used to manufacturer these planters are polypropylene resin, polyethylene, and polyurethane. The plastic is molded into a single piece that shapes into the flower pot – which makes it high quality, lightweight and essentially unbreakable.
You won’t have to worry about rusting, denting, fading, or frosting. Plastic/fiberglass planters give you many seasons of use. Better yet, many of them have self-watering designs so they require minimal watering and maintenance. Also, they are recyclable and environmentally friendly.
My favorite plastic flower pot is the one shown in the image manufactured by Mayne planters. If you like that one, check out the full Mayne Fairfield Patio Planter Review.
|- Lightweight||- Recommended to store away in Winter (not 365 weather-inclined)|
|- Long-lasting||- Prone to tipping over|
|- High-quality - single wall molded (durable, unbreakable, dent & crack free, rust-preventable, anti-fade & frost)||- Not robust (strong/heavy)|
|- Attractive (many colors, styles & shapes)|
Terracotta Flower Pots
Terracotta flower pots are also a very common selection and fit a more traditional style. In fact, one of the main uses of terracotta material is for flower pots. Terracotta is a form of pottery that is a clay-based ceramic. The term terracotta literally means “baked earth” and is manufactured under very high temperatures.
Majority of terracotta flower planters take on that conventional red-orange color. However, they can come in diverse colors depending on the clay used to make them such as brown, beige, and pink.
The material is very robust – heavy, tough, and stable. However, this makes them difficult to move. They are great at circulating water and air throughout the soil but easily absorb moisture so frequent watering may be required.
Cheaper made kinds (low-fire) can break easily under freezing temperatures so make sure you get the high-fired kinds.
|- Commonly used for planters||- Prone to cracking & crumbling in cold weather (depending on quality)|
|- Great drainage||- May require frequent watering (due to moisture absorption)|
|- Robust & sturdy||- Difficult to move (heavy)|
|- Reasonably priced|
Wood Flower Planters
Wood flowering planters give you that traditional, homemade look that can beautifully compliment your backyard furniture and accessories. There are various types of wood you can use for your planters. Many garden beds use wood as their material. Better yet, many people make their own wood planters and they can be made into any shape or style you want.
Common choices of wood include redwood, cedar, pine, or cypress. If you are choosing wood, it is essential to treat the wood with liner before planting otherwise it will be prone to rotting.
Also, choose wood planters that come from sustainably sourced rescued wood – meaning there were no trees that were specifically harvested to produce the planter. This way, you are looking out for our environment and ecosystems!
|- Traditional & homemade look (made in any shape or size desired)||- Prone to rotting, splitting & fading unless liner is applied|
|- Inexpensive||- Can be heavy depending on size of planter|
|- Ages well|
|- Great drainage|
|- Painted to match certain color schemes|
Metal Flower Planters
You now see metal flowering planters more and more. They are very diverse and can fit a traditional or contemporary style depending on what you get. In fact, many metal planters are used indoors to elegantly accent house furniture and decorations.
There are various types of metal you can choose from such as tin, iron, aluminum, and copper. Of course, weight and expense will vary depending on the type of metal and size. Overall, metal planters do seem to be more expensive regardless.
Metal will age overtime. If this is what you want, you will have a pleasant antique or rustic look to your metal. If you want that new metal look to stay, it is essential to apply a liner.
|- Modern or traditional design||- Will rust unless liner is applied|
|- Gracefully ages over time||- Usually expensive|
|- Extremely attractive||- Prone to overheating (can damage soil & flowers)|
|- Large variety of metals & styles|
Concrete Flower Pots
Concrete planters can be astonishingly beautiful if you do it right. They are meant to last for decades and so if they are not periodically maintained, they will not look good. Concrete flower pots take a more traditional and classic form than contemporary.
Well-made concrete planters will last decades but cheaply made ones will only last a couple years at max. If color is mixed into the concrete, that too will last a very long time. They are of course extremely heavy, durable, and robust.
They will last all year round as concrete is very weather-inclined. Unfortunately, they tend to be expensive. Concrete will also leach lime (efflorescence) which makes colored concrete stain but there are measures to prevent this.
Simply seal your concrete planter before using it so the concrete will remain in extremely good shape.
|- Good quality will last decades||- Very heavy|
|- Classic design & style||- Expensive|
|- Extremely durable & robust||- Periodic maintenance|
|- All year round weather-inclined||- Leach lime (causes staining of colored concrete)|
Those are the main types of flower pot materials. Each have their own drawbacks and benefits. Some will require more maintenance than others while some will be more durable and resilient than others.
More importantly, choose a material that you prefer and take good care of the planter. You can easily have various flower pot materials to make up your backyard flowering design.
Different Flower Pot Designs
So we have now covered the various materials associated with flower pots. Now we are going to jump into the different flower pot designs and styles you can enjoy.
Having a selection of differing styles is important to make your backyard feel charming and welcoming. Let’s take a look.
|Freestanding Planters||These types of flower pots are definitely the most common and seem almost necessary to achieve your desired look among your backyard. Freestanding planters are very simple as such they just stand upright on the ground surface. Placement is exceptionally easy and they come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, materials, and colors.|
|Hanging Planters||These planter designs are a favorite for many people. They nicely accent your freestanding planters by giving off a foreshadowing effect. It is a common choice to have hanging planters that match the color and material of your freestanding planters. They are smaller usually and vary in color and style. These planters are hung from a matching chain. The chain can be connected to a plant bracket that is mounted to a surface (wall, deck, concrete etc.) or they can simply be hung from a hook and latched onto something.|
|Mounted Planters||You see these designs often now because they are very contemporary. They are commonly used indoors to accent indoor furniture and accessories. These planters are mounted onto an upright surface, generally a wall. However, there are a variety of mounting options. You may want your planter to be directly mounted to a wall or you may want to have a surface that is mounted to a wall and then the planter rests on top of the surface. They are very aesthetically pleasing.|
|Elevated Planters||You will find these planters usually outdoors taking the form of garden beds or raised flower beds. However, they can be used for a luxurious design also. They are elevated from the ground up. The first portion of the planter will rest on the ground or elevated from the ground and then the next portion will rest above that portion, connected right above it or diagonally.|
|Multi-Combo Planters||These are very common and will give your yard an elegant modern vibe. This design is when you have the exact same freestanding planter but in different sizes - usually in a combination of two or three. You then place them together on any surface.|
|Unique Planters||These flower planters are more abstract than any other planters. They are usually homemade. Plants will grow in any unique container you like such as a watering can, wheel barrow, wagon, sculpture, wooden log - the list is endless. They can take any of the previous mentioned designs - very neat.|
Now you know all about the different types of flower pot materials as well as the different styles and designs you can use to make your backyard beautiful. Enjoy the warmer months! If you have any questions, leave me a comment below.