Urban gardens have transitioned from rooftops and spare patches of land to sophisticated oases created on balconies, decks, and patios. While urban gardeners must still squeeze usable growing space from small settings, they want the look and feel of their gardens to mirror their modern, sophisticated home décor, in effect extending their urban living space into the outdoors.
Sophisticated, sustainable design
The challenge of designing a small exterior gardening space that embodies interior design can be met by an ever expanding selection of modern plant planters. Small spaces are simply made for planters, which offer gardeners the opportunity to grow vegetables, herbs, berry patches and other botanicals literally anywhere there is sunlight.
Today’s urban gardeners are also more sophisticated in regard to the health of their plants and the nourishment they provide. The advantage that planters supply in this area is control. With individual planters, gardeners can intimately control soils and fillers and the amount of sunlight each plant receives. Moreover, growing plants in planters versus directly in the ground reduces the risk of soil disease, minimizes the headaches of weeding, and allows the ability to control moisture on an individual plant basis.
Lightweight fiberglass and fiberstone planters are eco-friendly, cost-effective options ideal for outdoor settings. These convenient, durable planters may be moved between indoors and outdoors easily and allow freedom of design, giving the outdoor gardener versatility, allowing for easy rearrangement with seasonal needs or design changes within confined spaces.
Modern Planting Designs
Modern plant planters serve dual purpose since they can also serve as centerpieces, dividers, and even seating areas. In this way, urban gardeners can practice individual creativity and utility with a personal touch.
One growing urban garden trend is toward minimalist design. The smallest and simplest urban garden can be created in a single planter, perhaps made of galvanized steel with a single plant or packed with a multitude of herbs, vegetables, and non-toxic flowering plants. These options can be switched out with the season, maintaining a beautiful and functional garden all year around. Not every plant is suited for planter gardening, but there are more than enough dwarf trees including fruit trees, ornamentals, evergreens, and many vegetable varieties that are bred specifically to grow in planters.
Plants aside, the planter itself can be used to add color or texture to an urban garden. Planters come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles capable of accommodating everything from large trees to crop plants and small decorative items. As one urban designer stated, “Using free-standing planters for growing plants and crops can greatly benefit urban gardeners. Multiple designs and placements will liberate gardening creativity and perhaps more importantly, the plant is protected from contaminated urban soils.”