Growing plants in containers allows gardeners to move plants around and choose a variety of plants with different soil needs. You have a lot of choices when choosing the right container for your plant, decor or landscape. Modern pots range from sleek and contemporary to traditional designs with added features. Take into account whether the plant or container will remain outside in winter and how it reacts with heat or cold.
Metallic pots work well in contemporary gardens. The sleek metal can create a unique base. Some modern pots are made of synthetic materials or plastic but have an outer metallic covering. These pots usually have a drainage system and need nothing more than your soil and plant. But if you are using a true metal pot, line the pot with plastic or insert a plastic interior shell for your soil. This will keep rust to a minimum. The pot will need gravel or broken clay pottery at the bottom to provide drainage. Real metal pots are not weather resistant and can cause root damage by getting too hot in summer and too cold in winter months.
Many pots mimic the look and feel of traditional planters but include modern features. Self-watering pots made of lightweight durable materials are a good tool for busy gardeners. The pots have a built-in water reservoir in the bottom base. Channels inside the pot help bring the water up to the plant from the reservoir.
The trend of using ecologically friendly products extends to gardening. You can purchase planters or pots that are biodegradable; most last about five years. The lightweight pots do not contain traditional wood or plastics (a petroleum product). Instead, many are made from materials such as rice hulls or bamboo, a wood that is readily replenished. Check at your local garden center or online garden shops for the ecologically friendly pots.