Beautiful Outdoor Winter Planters For Your Outdoor Decoration 52
Beautiful Outdoor Winter Planters For Your Outdoor Decoration 52

30+ Beautiful Outdoor Winter Planters For Your Outdoor Decoration

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With spring on the horizon its time to clean up those empty outdoor planters and also start having a look around to see what new designs are available for the new season. There are so many beautiful designs now available, both traditional and modern, in a whole variety of different materials, from stone to fibre glass. Here is a short guide on what to look for in an outdoor planter and the pros and cons of different materials.

Perhaps the most traditional and most robust are stone planters. If money is no object it is still possible to buy antique stone planters complete with plenty of character that belies their years. Even new stone outdoor planters can be expensive, but stone composite planters are much cheaper alternatives and just as weather proof. Made from a composite of stone and concrete and beautifully aged through a chemical process, these outdoor planters will sit in your garden as though they have been there for years.

Terracotta is probably the most popular material for outdoor planters. This versatile medium means you can get pots in all shapes and designs from traditional long toms to more modern bowl shapes. However, do be realistic when choosing terracotta over other materials. Although many terracotta planters you buy will claim they are frost proof, many are not. A good terracotta pot will at best be frost resistant and is better either emptied and put away for the winter or moved to a sheltered spot if extreme frosts are forecast. Another good tip for terracotta pots is to raise them off the ground on feet which will provide a bit of protection from the weather. Plants grown in outdoor planters made from both stone and terracotta will need to be regularly watered as moisture evaporation will occur in dry or hot weather.

With modern designs comes modern materials. Fibre glass, galvanised and fibre stone are all materials that are hard wearing and reproduce modern replicas of more traditional materials. Fibre glass is extremely lightweight, mostly frost proof and non-corrosive and can cleverly replicate traditional materials such as lead, bronze and terracotta. Galvanised steel or zinc planters are a relatively cheap option but will give you a more vintage look, replicating old designs such as dolly tubs and buckets. Galvanised planters may rust over time but can be protected with rust prevention paint or just left to age naturally. They are also a light weight option. Fibre stone is a relatively new material used to make outdoor planters. It has all the benefits associated with fibre glass but provides a more solid feel due to the addition of stone powder during construction. Whatever material and design you choose, spring is the time to cheer up your patio or doorway with outdoor planters filled with spring bulbs and bedding plants.

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