The best outdoor plant pots for your garden or patio area
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When you’re shopping for the best plant pot for the leafy Monstera in your living room, you don’t have to consider much more than its appearance (and whether your plant will fit inside). Choosing outdoor plant pots, however, requires a little more thought.
Budget, location and the upkeep you’re happy to do must all be considered before you can make your final selection. You have to choose something that’s sturdy enough for the job, too: a garden pot for flowers might not be strong enough to hold a small tree, for example. To help you pick the right garden pot for your needs, we’ve broken down some of the pros and cons of most typical materials on offer.
Wood has a rustic, natural finish and, if you look for FSC-certified options, make a good sustainable option. If you go for those made with untreated timber, they can be stained or painted a colour of your own choice. It does require annual treatments to keep it looking its best and, if not cared for, can become susceptible to damp or mould damage.
Plastic is hardwearing, doesn’t need any maintenance, is lightweight and usually quite inexpensive — so it’s great for those on a budget. It will fade over time, though, and doesn’t always look as smart as metal or wooden options.
Metal typically fares well outside. It won’t fade or go mouldy, but lesser-quality options may begin to rust after some time. It’s very versatile, though, and there are many different finishes depending on whether you’re looking to achieve a more modern or traditional effect.
Terracotta has that lovely warm tone that works very well indoors and outdoors — but larger pots can be pricey and this material will smash if you happen to drop it.
Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite outdoor plant pots in a range of colours, materials and price points, so you can show off all your plants in your garden or on your patio or balcony perfectly.
Spruce up your garden in seconds with the best outdoor plant pots including wood, plastic, metal and terracotta. Shop the best garden pots in our roundup.
Plastic, concrete and terracotta pots: the best outdoor pots at Flower Power
Whether your outdoor space is an itty bitty balcony, a small courtyard garden or a quarter acre block, the right outdoor pots paired with your favourite plants can give your space instant appeal, depth and interest, and give your garden a finishing touch.
Outdoor pots are a fab way to break up greenery and are a stylish solution to container gardening. They also give you the flexibility to take your plants with you when you move, and let you move plants around to refresh your look or give your garden a seasonal update.
With plastic, concrete, terracotta pots, glazed pots and more, you can add a little pizzazz to your outdoor space with our great range of outdoor pots.
How to plant flowers in pots outdoors
If you’re adding flowering favourites to your garden in outdoor terracotta pots or glazed pots, you’ll need to repot your plant from its plastic nursery pot into its gorgeous new pot from Flower Power. You may also need to repot your flowers from time-to-time if they’ve consumed all the nutrients from their existing potting mix.
You can grow flowering annuals and perennials or flowering shrubs in small to medium sized pots, or you can grow them in something a bit different, like a repurposed wine barrel, to suit the style of your home and garden.
Wondering how to plant flowers in pots outdoors?
- Water your plant thoroughly a day or so before repotting.
- Gently remove the plant from its pot. You may be able to just grasp firmly at the roots and pull, but you may have to turn the pot upside down, or run a knife around the inside of the pot to loosen the roots. Be careful not to damage the roots or the flowers.
- If re-using the same pot, dump out old soil and brush to clean.
- If you’re using a new pot, choose one no more than 20 per cent larger in diameter than the old one. Too much space slows growth.
- Add a few centimetres of fresh potting mix to the base and carefully lower your plant in. Fill in all space with fresh potting mix and tamp down gently so it is firm. Water lightly. The right potting mix is also important so be sure to choose a specialty mix suited to your plants needs and always ask an expert Flower Power horticulturist for advice if you’re unsure.
Once your plant is safely at home in its new pot, position it in a spot that will let it get the optimal amount of light. The amount and quality of light that they get is very important. Read the tag that came with your plant, or ask a Flower Power expert about the species you’re buying. Some plants like six hours of bright, direct sunlight every day, while others prefer just a few hours of filtered or indirect light – use this as a guide for where to place your outdoor pots.
What to plant in large outdoor pots
Large outdoor pots with striking plants are a wonderfully bold feature of any garden, courtyard or balcony. They can be the centrepiece of an outdoor space, stand guard beside the front door, and even produce fruit for you to enjoy.
What to plant in large outdoor pots is limited only by the climate, position and your imagination but there are a few basic principles to adhere to:
Plants can easily get lost and look dwarfed in a large pot, so it’s important to choose plants that will balance their pot. There are three different ways to approach this.
- Go for something bold. Either one tall and dramatic plant or a group of them, such as a small tree, an evergreen tropical plant like a banana plant, oversized grasses, weighty palms or large, dense shrubs. Go for evergreen species so you aren’t left with an empty pot in winter, and pick a flowering variety for bonus colour.
- Fill ’er up. Add more plants, of either all the same kind or of a variety (just make sure they have the same growing conditions) to create a feeling of abundance. You can also use low-growing ground cover plants which look especially good in wider, more shallow pots.
- Let it spill. Tall pots benefit from a ground cover plant trailing down the pot at the edges to break up the expanse of pot beneath the main feature plant. Just make sure the trailing plant suits similar conditions and won’t strangle the main plant.
Where to buy cheap outdoor pots
Flower Power’s selection of outdoor pots – everything from plastic pots to terracotta pots and glazed pots – fit every style and budget. Explore the range online or visit us in-store today to see them for yourself.
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