The utilization of landscape pots and landscape containers plays a role in the history of landscape architecture, and it continues been seen in many designs today. What may come off as a common and banal subject, landscape containers have the potential to provide aesthetic beauty and substantial benefits to the landscape as well as the buyer. Overall, these containers are low maintenance and have are less likely to become contaminated with disease. Plant materials for landscape pots have become more versatile over the past century, and there is always opportunity to adapt to your own personal style.
This generation of design permits a wider range of available containers that can be used to store vegetation in comparison to early container design. Early container design, which may use concrete or wood materials remain to be a popular trend; however, some have experimented by creating their own containers, using nontraditional material. It is not uncommon to see synthetic materials used for planters, and it is becoming more common to find containers that are LEED certified. This opens doors for more eco-friendly options and an increase in personalization for buyers. I am personally drawn in the modernist planter designs. The simple geometric planter design combined with complex planting design can form harmonious balance and catch the eyes of visitors due to its contradictory shape in nature.
Vegetation selection is all up to the owner, but it is best to use a larger container to hold the plantings. This will allow room for the plants to grow and to prevent growing competition. Typically planting a large accent plant in the center of the planter and surrounding it with smaller vegetation is common for basic plantings; however, the use of planters is growing to the extent that users are now trying to create small edible gardens.
Edible gardens are growing in popularity, and utilizing planted containers can minimize the labor needed in order to keep up with its growing products. These planters also create learning opportunities for the younger population who are beginning to learn basic gardening skills. Smaller grown vegetables and herbs are excellent to grow in this type of planting condition.
My original thoughts and knowledge on landscape pots agreed with the majority of the population: I thought they were just a quick way to plant a few flowers without making a mess in your yard. After exploring this small element of design, I quickly realized the overwhelming potential of containers, especially with the upcoming trends that are travelling through the field of landscape architecture. People of all ages can use containers, whether it is an elderly couple who want to reduce their large scale garden into a smaller scale or even a child who is learning to create her own garden for the first time.
Planting containers are extremely versatile, providing opportunities in all types of design. They can create barriers for oncoming traffic in a bustling city, but they can also dress up the front façade of a small suburban home. They can be used to grow herbs and spices for your next meal, or they help teach your child the responsibilities of watering and managing a small garden despite living in an urban setting. Regardless of its usage, planting containers clearly demonstrate its significance in landscape design.