Thursday, May 3, 2012

New York Plantings - Planter Boxes & Container Gardens

Container gardens and planter boxes are wonderful additions to any urban garden. They can be both decorative and allow for ease-of-use planting on terraces, rooftops, patios and decks. These days there are plenty of different styles and colors of containers to meet any design aesthetic, but when considering which containers to buy, it’s also important to choose containers that are sturdy and will not crack or break after only a season or two.

Cheap plastic or thin terra cotta planters may work as a quick and inexpensive answer to your last minute planting dilemma, but they will most likely crack or break when exposed to the sun or extreme weather (sometimes even with the weight of the dirt and plants they were meant to contain!), so what you thought was a bargain may end up costing you in damaged plants, time dealing with a dirty mess on your patio, the effort of replanting and the cost of a replacement container of a higher quality after your costly “lesson learned.”

Thicker terra cotta, measuring at least ½” to 1” thick is a better choice as well as outdoor quality glazed pots, fiberglass, metal and concrete blends. All of these options reduce the possibility of the containers cracking or breaking. When purchasing any of these pots make sure to check each pot for signs of the kind of damage that would accompany each specific material including: hairline cracks, improperly joined seams, warping, dents or rust. Beyond the construction of the containers, drainage holes need to be considered. All dirt-rooted plants need drainage. Making a drainage hole in the pot may be necessary to prevent overwatering and root rot. It is also necessary to fill the bottom of your planter with approximately 1” of pebbles to keep your plants healthy and the drainage holes clear of dirt.

These are great options for scattering a few decorative plants around a deck or terrace, but what about planting on a larger scale? Often terraces, patios and rooftops can accommodate larger-scale planting beds that can add the drama of a stunning visual feature. Also, the health benefits from air-filtering plants can help you save energy and can even be a source of fresh vegetables for the dinner table!

It is this need for larger planters that first motivated Todd Nappi of New York Plantings Garden Design to start designing and building custom planters for his New York area customers. “Designing and building our own custom planters frees us to be more creative in our design plans. We no longer have to work around the sizes and shapes of planters available in retail stores. Especially working in the city where space is at a premium, being able to customize the planters to our customer’s individual area allows us to take advantage of all the space available to us and adds a deeper level of customization.”

We make the boxes from IPE hardwood, one of the strongest woods on the planet, lasting more than 25 years outdoors without treatment. Some compare its strength to that of steel! All boxes come lined with marine grade ¾” plywood and then epdm for durability and design versatility.

Take a look around the city and you will probably see some of the planters built by our carpenters at New York Plantings Garden Design & Landscape Construction. Our work can be seen on balconies, rooftop gardens, under pergolas, on terraces, holding climbing vines for vertical walls, restaurant fronts as well as custom indoor planters. Some of our favorites? Cube-style and rectangular planters that add drama and wonderful functionality! Of course, we’d be happy to deliver and install retail provided containers and planters too. Custom building planters just adds another option to your design possibilities.

For more information about New York City landscape designer Todd Nappi and his company New York Plantings Garden Design, including photos of the urban retreats he designs, can be found on his website. And to learn more about Todd’s approach to landscaping, images of projects and other helpful gardening tips and info you can also visit his blog.

No comments:

Post a Comment