A garden is often a place of escape. I know that when i work in my garden, no one bothers me. It’s because they don’t want to be forced to help, but it still means that my garden is peaceful. A gardener can create works of art with living plants, statuary, water features, pathways, and planters. One of the most natural way to incorporate planters into your garden is to use stone planters. The texture, color, and weight can be great tools for crafting certain looks and creating focal points.
The typical English Country Garden often looks like a maze of wildflowers to the uninitiated. Little do they know, however, that these plantings are carefully thought out when considering height, texture, colors, flowering patterns, and water and light requirements.
One of the most beautiful additions to this type of garden is the stone planter. Savvy shoppers haunt junk stores and farm sales looking for ancient stone troughs, because they make such beautiful planters in a rural garden. The good news is, now you can buy “ancient” troughs that are brand new. Manufacturers are responding to demand by producing rough-cut stone and concrete planters made to look like troughs.
By using a stone planter in this type of garden, you can often add a surprise to a particular planting area. Flowers that have low moisture needs are grouped together, but in a planter with a high moisture planting in it will add an unexpected punch of color and texture to that area. You can water that particular pot more often without affecting the rest of the plants.
Large stone planters are very heavy, and will probably have to be put into place with heavy machinery. That’s ok, though, because it gives you an opportunity to put a significant planting in that spot. A tree in a pot is quite striking, and the right specie of tree will thrive. This can create a great accent to your garden, and certainly give great opportunities for under plantings.
That’s not all, though. Stylized planters can be found in just about every architectural pattern, from sleek, shiny, polished obsidian to rough concrete with pomegranates cast around the lip. If you lean more toward formal structure, then stone can be exactly the addition to your trimmed shrubs and flowering espalier. Imagine your forsythias, rather than just sprouting from the ground, carefully placed in stone planters lining the base of the fence. Matching planters, with the solid look of stone, will give an even more organized look to the formal garden, anchoring the carefully tied branches and adding even more visual appeal.
For modern gardens, polished stone may be just the touch you need to finish the look. Polished granite or marble planters are elegant, and almost elevated to the look of statuary. Modern designs often incorporate “gazing balls” in the landscape, and polished stone planters can serve dual duty.
Give stone planters a try in your garden. You’ll enjoy the variety and functions.