Do you love flowers but you have no outdoor space to grow them as you wish ?! Do you have a garden or even a very small plot of land ?! Well, do not despair, if you also have a small balcony or a small terrace with a roof, you can find ways to cultivate your passion by using simple planters. These particular containers lend themselves well to adapt to different styles of habitation and types of railings, precisely because they are made with a wide range of choice, both in shape and size. Not only comfortable and functional, the planters depending on the material with which they are made and the design, can give a pleasant touch to your balcony, making it nicer, more and more people are using this method to grow not only flowers, but also vegetables , not having a different possibility. The planter is therefore the classic and immediate alternative for those who cannot have a small piece of land in which to vent their green thumb. It is up to you to make the right choice, looking around you can, in fact, find different types of planters, some certainly more suited to your needs, in terms of comfort and aesthetic taste. Planters range from classic materials such as wood and plastic, PVC, to cement and wrought iron. The color is generally based on shades such as green and brown - terracotta, but it is possible to find colored planters, able to give your terrace a touch of joy immediately perceptible on a visual level. Lately the producers of this type of furnishing complement also try to focus on beauty and colors, not just on practicality. Terrace planters can be of different types, suspended on the walls, positioned on the ground, or attached to the railings, unless they are already incorporated in the construction of the balcony. The various types of planters, materials, and shapes will be analyzed below.
Types of terrace planters
On the market there are grilled planters, that is with a grid structure, which can be left bare or used to climb plants, thus obtaining a greater scenic effect. The container, which is generally made of wood or plastic, is fixed to these grids, which can also serve as separators. The effect of this type of planter is really very pleasant, able to make your balcony appear colorful and full of flowers. Then there are the suspended planters, which are hung from the ceiling and take advantage of the upper part of the terrace, filling the air space that would otherwise remain empty; you create really cute and suggestive games, especially if you use fall plants. Corner planters are also very useful, especially in small terraces, as they are able to exploit generally unused spaces; there are single-plane models or multi-storey models. The wall planters are placed inside the terrace, precisely on the walls, and can have several more or less original shapes; they are installed with special supports, although the supports are safe, it is advisable to choose light materials. Finally, there are the floor planters, which are simply placed on the balcony surface and railing planters to be placed with appropriate hooks right in the upper part of the same.
The materials and shapes of terrace planters
Outdoor planters are made with less refined materials, compared to indoor planters, materials that deteriorate less easily, having greater resistance against atmospheric agents. On the market it is possible to find planters in wood, plastic, concrete, iron, terracotta and now also in woven synthetic rattan. The wooden planters are certainly the oldest, easy to work and to transport, with the particularity of guaranteeing good transpiration. Very suitable for mountain, country and for those who want to give their balcony a rustic look. The classic plastic flower boxes are also practical, certainly the most widespread type and used in the world of gardening, as well as cheaper; remember though that plastic does not allow water and moisture to transpire, so more care will be needed in this regard. Concrete planters are often assimilated in the balcony construction itself, common in cottages and terraced houses; they generally already have a suitable water drain, and are able to ensure the evaporation of excess moisture, since the cement is a porous material. The discomfort of this type of planters is the difficulty of moving. The wrought iron planters generally have the most elegant terraces, given their highly decorative appearance, even though they are becoming more common lately, and being less bulky they are able to give the balcony a sense of lightness. These wrought iron planters can have a smooth or worked surface, they cannot contain directly the soil and the plant, but rather the vases, and are suitable both for large balconies and for small balconies. The terracotta planters, give a very pleasant aesthetic effect, moreover being a porous material they offer a good transpiration and therefore a greater health of the plant; it is recommended to choose small ones, as they are quite heavy. The synthetic rattan woven planters, rather resistant to climatic variations, are another really nice solution for your terrace.
Planter boxes commonly have a rectangular or oval shape, while round or square ones are more suitable for being placed on the ground. Angular shapes are easily found, capable of taking up less space. The wall planters have various shapes, ranging from modern design to the more traditional one of wrought iron and ceramic planters, you can choose the most suitable ones according to the style of your home. There is also a very particular type of vase, called a "cavaliere vase" that can be placed over the railings, having a kind of notch on the bottom that can make you fit into it. The advantages of this type of vessel are obvious, first of all less waste of space and greater safety.
How to choose your own terrace planter
To make the choice of your terrace planters it is necessary to take into consideration different elements; first and foremost you have to carefully evaluate the space you have, the special needs in relation to the materials, the dimensions, the installation and finally the aesthetic taste. If your terrace is narrow and long, no planters will be indicated from the ground, because they would occupy too much space, while those hanging on the wall and those hanging on the railing could be fine. You can decide which type of planter is best suited to both the shape of the terrace and the style of your home; if for example you want to keep yourself on a rustic-Provencal effect, wrought iron will be preferred, if you opt for a modern style, even the planters will have to present a more original design. If you like fall plants, you may want to focus your choice on hanging planters, if you like creeper on grid planters. It is important that you also take into account the materials, remembering that iron and wood are materials that deteriorate more than others, if exposed to humidity and rain; in this case better materials such as cement and stone, which however lend themselves to being moved with more difficulty. However, if you really like them, you can always adopt them, treating both iron and wood with targeted products, in order to optimize their resistance. Surely the plastic, the resins and the PVC have the advantage of being more resistant, and easy to maneuver, as long as their use does not conflict with the style you want to give to your terrace. Generally, in the choice, it is preferable to give importance first to the technical-functional aspects of the planters, following those related to the type of installation and finally to those purely aesthetic -decorative. Another important detail that you must take into account is the type of plant for which you will arrange the planter, in fact, not all plants are the same and each needs its own space, and specific planters that can guarantee their well-being. Only when I consider all these elements can you create a balcony full of greenery and color, pleasantly pictorial and definitely enviable!