Flower planters are a well-used indoor and outdoor decorating accessory for home gardens and balconies. They not only make efficient use of available space, but they also add beauty — some are works of art in their own right — by housing colorful blooms throughout the growing seasons.

There are four basic materials used for flower planters: wood, plastic, metal, and clay. Wooden flower planters are the most popular choice for outdoor planter boxes. Most wooden boxes are hewn from redwood, cedar, cypress, or teak. Teak flower planters are elegant and rich-looking add-ons to your garden area. Large wooden boxes start around $250 and can reach up to $1000 or more, depending on the type of wood.

Plastic (usually called polyethylene resin) flower planter boxes are inexpensive, lightweight containers that can endure many seasons. Poly-resin planter boxes are self-watering and add simple beauty to your house. The price range of these boxes starts from $150 to $800.

Metal outdoor planters add a distinguished look to your home. Generally used as window boxes, these expensive flower planters range from $200 to $1500 and more, depending upon the metal. 

Classic clay planter boxes are better for your plants’ health, as they let the roots breathe more, but the soil will dry out much more quickly than when using other types of planters. These planters are very heavy and  quite fragile, so it’s best to pick a location and leave them there, not move them around. Clay planters range from $100 to $400. 

Consider these things before buying flower planters:

  • Keep plastic planters away from or extreme heat. If you want to use flower planters to decorate the area around your fireplace or outside fire pit, choose a material other than plastic, which could melt or combust.
  • If you like to change the look of your living space often, invest in planters with attached wheels for ease in moving the heavy decorations. Or, invest in a plant dolly to have handy when you want to redecorate. 
  • Remember, plants need to breathe, too, and it’s easy to over water. Look for planters with drainage holes already drilled in. This is essential for clay planters, as home drilling will often result in cracking the pot.
  • Know the size of plant you want before you buy a planter and make sure to choose a container that is larger than what the plant will grow. Roots need to spread and breathe to thrive, so make sure the planter is big enough for plenty of soil and the entire plant root system.
  • Keep you planters elevated or in a slanting position to help in the drainage process.
  • If you are prone to arthritis or have pain in getting low to the ground, look for pedestal planters or ones that will fit easily onto a raised stand. You’ll be sure to enjoy your gardening much more. 

The Internet offers great sites for buying planters, like plantcontainers.com and gardeners.com. Don’t hesitate to contact the company about their product if you have questions that aren’t answered in the description. Happy gardening!