Stone has always been one of the most widely used materials in private gardens, just as it happened in the villas of wealthy gentlemen: the benches and flower boxes were always made with this material, which has the characteristic of being durable and preserving the its beauty. It is a natural material that provides for a greater use in the variables of white stone or black stone. The processing can be smooth or left in its natural state.
To derive stone planters it starts from a single block that is hollowed out inside and worked to give it the shape you want. The weight of a stone planter is quite considerable, and often, even if the container is very large, the internal housing can be quite narrow and therefore it is not always possible to insert plants that are too bulky. The stone is still widely used today because it has such a particular aspect that it allows a perfect match with any style of garden. Obviously its best location is in country gardens. The classic shapes that are worked are rectangular and square, although it is possible to find unusual models with a wavy edge.
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Generally the stone planter is used inside the garden, where each piece of furniture has already prepared its location and therefore does not require to be moved very frequently. At the entrance of a door or a gate, two high stone planters they are certainly a pleasant welcome sign for those who enter your home. The grandeur of the material, which in its composition is not adaptable to a more subtle processing, makes the planter an element of strong decorative impact in the garden. Furthermore, being a natural material, the plant finds perfect accommodation. Practical advice on the use of stone planters can be provided specifically by a nursery, also based on the type of plant you want to place there, since an excess of water would lead to rotting of the roots of the same. In some cases, these particular planters are the result of rigorous craftsmanship, especially when the outside is decorated. It is not uncommon to see rectangular shaped stone planters surrounding the perimeter of a certain area of the garden. Although not fixed to the ground, they are stable and rather resistant, they tastefully enrich the entire furniture.
The stone is able to withstand thermal changes as well as any kind of temperature, it is very resistant to shocks, indeed, it can be said that it is one of the most ‘robust’ materials for making planters. So, even if you decide to place them in transit areas, you shouldn’t fear anything. The stone planter, due to constant exposure to the external environment and therefore also to atmospheric agents, may require maintenance in the long run. It is above all rainwater that damages the stone, which, if it is not washed often, tends to take on a greenish color. Maintenance is quite simple: all you need is water and a brush. The brush is used to remove small sediments that could form larger spots in the long run. In a garden it is not always possible to have too many stone planters, especially since they cannot be transported easily and therefore do not find an easy readjustment in other areas.
The cost of the stone planter is different from that of iron or plastic, both because the processing is different, and because it is a piece of furniture that has always been considered more ‘valuable’ than others. The stone can be carved allowing the reproduction of a particular design, but this is possible by turning not to a shop, but to a craftsman who will make the planter following the pattern given by the customer. In fact, such a planter can also turn into a work of art, to be exhibited in the garden. The shops usually exhibit the most classic and most frequently purchased models, the difference is that a craftsman can perform a process based on what are the indications provided by the customer. The manufacturing process is not always easy, so ordering a bespoke stone planter also takes quite a long time. Moreover, precisely because of its particularity, stone is a material that can be liked or not, so it is above all a question of responding to personal taste. Those who wish to have an unusual stone planter can contact either specialized manufacturing companies or the skill of a craftsman. In this way you can also choose the color of the stone as well as the size. This solution is very useful if the garden is rather small and in it a standard-sized planter such as those proposed by the shops would take up too much space.