For plant and garden lovers, who do not have a large space for their beloved friends, it is possible to solve the problem by purchasing planters and containers. Planters are objects that adapt well to any type of house, terrace and balcony. In recent times, these planters are used not only to contain plants and flowers, but also to grow aromatic plants, vegetables and greens. On the market there are different types of planters from those in plastic to those in concrete, iron and wood. Plastic planters are the most popular and purchased. They are easy to move because they are very light. They adapt to any type of environment and are very economical. The only disadvantage is that the plastic planters do not let water and humidity transpire, often causing root problems and rot, therefore it is useful to pay more attention to the frequency of watering. Concrete planters today are often found on terraces and balconies. They have been designed to be prepared for water drainage, in order to adapt well the plants on the balconies and terraces even in condominiums. Being a porous material, concrete is able to evaporate excess humidity often attributed to the abundance of rain and excessive watering. One of the disadvantages of these planters is that they are very heavy, so once they are placed in a point on the terrace, it is very tiring to move them, even more so if they are already full of earth. In luxurious and refined environments, wrought iron flower boxes were often found due to their particular workmanship. Nowadays, these planters are used more commonly. They are very capacious and have both rectangular and round shape. There are artisans capable of making custom wrought iron planters, creating unique and particular objects. While the wooden planters are very simple and light for transport. The wood is then breathable and particularly resistant to sudden changes in temperature.
The plants and flowers as well as being grown in the garden or in flower beds, can easily be found in the planters placed on terraces and balconies. Lily and lily of the valley are well suited to planters. The lily is a plant that grows spontaneously in Asia and America, in regions with a temperate climate. Lilies have different colored flowers and are bulbous plants. Its bulbs should be planted at a depth of 12 cm, especially in spring. It is good that the soil is well drained to prevent moisture from rotting the bulbs. Instead in summer it is necessary to fertilize water-soluble fertilizers. Lily of the valley is a plant that can easily be grown in planters and pots. It has large leaves and white bell-like flowers. Lily of the valley needs to be planted in fertile soil filled with clay, sand, and organic matter formed from loam of plant debris. Both lily of the valley and lily have been considered medicinal plants.
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For those who want to create a sui generis and unusual green space, it is possible to decorate a terrace with planters of aromatic plants such as basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley and sage. These plants require little care, require a lot of sun, with the only exception of mint and parsley which prefer shade. Excellent and fragrant to be used in the kitchen thus brightening our dishes, useful as medicines thanks to their properties. It is preferable to plant them in the months of April or May and should be watered frequently, especially in the evening or at the first light of the morning. While in the winter months they suffer from low temperatures, so it is advisable to put them indoors otherwise you risk damaging them.
After having properly chosen the flowers to put in the planters, we move on to the preparation of the latter. It is necessary to change the earth every year to avoid that the one of the previous year could have insects that would damage the plants. It is necessary to use a soil with sand and organic fertilizer so that the roots of the plants can develop without problems. The earthenware planters are ideal if you have a spacious terrace that can support them, because they are resistant and porous, therefore suitable for softening the humidity of the soil, otherwise it is advisable to put plastic planters. A 60 cm planter can accommodate two geranium plants but if the plant is already large when you buy it, then you only need to put one. All types of planters are essential accessories for people who want to have flowers and plants on the balcony, terrace or garden. As we have seen, there are several types. The choice will fall on the one that best suits our environment. Generally, in terraces and gardens, stone planters are preferred because they are more resistant and more elegant to display, even if recently you see those in wood. Unfortunately, all types of materials with which planters are made are prone to damage, so to prevent them from spoiling, they need good maintenance. Just get a brush and water to remove the sediments that could form extensive stains over time. It is good to repeat this operation a couple of times a month to ensure that you always have a clean planter.