Fiberglass, Metal, or Resin: How To Choose The Right Planter Material For Any Design or Landscape
By Jason Wyrwicz. President of Pots, Planters & More.
Whether a carefully-chosen planter box flanking a walkway or distinctive, tall vase planters framing an elegant doorway, plant containers act as much more than homes for greenery and blooms: they’re an important part of any design scheme. Planters act as anchors of style, either quietly blending in or offering a pop of contrast. When thoughtfully chosen, a planter can add as much character and style as art, furnishings, and other pieces of decor.
Selecting the correct planter is important for both style and function, as the material used will affect a plant container’s durability, versatility, care needs, and design possibilities. Here are some of the typical materials offered in high-end planters and the characteristics of each:
Fiberglass planters bring ease and sophistication wherever they are used, allowing flat dull spaces to bloom with life. The lightweight nature of fiberglass makes it an ideal material for planters as the containers can be easily moved to evolve with design trends. Spaces can stay fresh and current as pots are rearranged over and over again.
The weather-resistant quality of fiberglass makes it a popular material for outdoor design. These pots can withstand extreme outdoor elements from high heat to a chilling frost and the seasonal thaw cycles. They are low maintenance and won’t corrode due to exposure or direct contact with soil. Colored pots will keep their bright hues with our hand finished automotive-grade paint that holds up in inclement weather and withstands UV rays for a lasting quality that can be used year after year.
A little light maintenance will help fiberglass planters hold their vibrant color over time, even more so if stored inside. Mild soap detergent and fiberglass wax (if kept outdoors) are all that is needed to keep them looking fresh and new. Designer fiberglass planters are a stylish investment that will continue to deliver versatility and sophistication for years to come.
Steel and aluminum planters are unique and on-trend, offering a contemporary edge to indoor designs and a cool vibe to any landscape. They are durable and won’t chip, crack or break. Aluminum planters can be custom made to perfectly bring a design vision to life. The sleek style of made-to-order metal planters add sophistication in hard-to-fit areas both indoors and out. Available in six powder-coated finishes, these metal planters are like a functional piece of art that effortlessly elevates the ascetic of any modern space.
Key points that should be remembered when selecting metal planters is that they provide limited insulation and the larger sizes are heavy to move, so flexibility in layout is limited. Direct sun can quickly heat up these planters, causing soil to dry out, so ample watering is necessary. Also, because the material is not porous, it’s important to have adequate drainage holes.
The care of aluminum planters is easy, but a slight oxidation may occur over time. This can be taken care of with a gentle wash with a dish scrubber dipped in equal parts water and white vinegar or lemon juice, then a rinse and towel dry. Painted aluminum planters should be washed with mild soap and dried with a soft towel.
Aluminum planters offer an industrial look, and their luster can last a lifetime with a little extra care. A scrub with a soft, bristled brush using a quarter-cup mild dish soap diluted in a gallon of hot water is all that’s needed to maintain the sleek shine of galvanized steel. Metal or wool brushes and harsh or acidic cleaners like vinegar should never be used as they may cause damage. The additional use of metal waxes will keep galvanized metal surfaces looking like new and protect the planter’s value over time.
Plastic and resin planters have the unique ability to mimic other materials, such as stone, concrete and terra cotta, but are much more lightweight, durable, and versatile than many natural materials which may crumble or crack.
Although plastic planters hold up well, they don’t have the staying power of a more durable material like metal. Resin comes in endless shapes and colors, allowing versatility and the ability to experiment with different looks without the higher investment of more lasting materials.
Smaller plastic planters can be cleaned by simply immerse them in a mixture of water and dish soap for ten minutes. For larger pots, a light scrub and thorough rinse followed by air drying will keep them clean and fresh.