In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook discusses the beauty and benefits of large-container planting.
1. Cedar planters are rot-resistant and can be painted or stained.
2. Zinc planters are strong, yet lightweight.
3. Some large planters have drop-in liners that reduce the amount of soil needed.
4. Heavy-duty plastic planters feature double-wall construction that helps insulate the plant.
5. Install swiveling casters, so you can easily move the planter when necessary.
6. Casters also raise the planters off the floor, which promotes good air circulation and drainage.
7. Clay-and-fiber composite planters are extremely weather-resistant and can be left outdoors all winter.
8. Some of the best plants for large planters include: bamboo, evergreens, roses, perennials, vegetables, berries, fruit trees, and Japanese maple trees.
9. Tropical plants, such as hibiscus and banana trees, do well in large planters. Just be sure to bring them indoors in winter.
10. Large-container planters are ideal for hiding unsightly air-conditioning units or trash cans.
11. Plant bamboo to create a lush, living privacy screen.
12. Create a shady retreat by planting a bird-of-paradise, a palm tree, or a pencil cactus.