Sometimes it’s just not possibleto plant a tree exactly where you want it. You
may want to screen off an area so that you are not overlooked or you may want to
hide an unsightly storage area or air-conditioning equipment.
The only thing is, right where you want the tree to go there is pavement or concrete.
You could dig up the pavement but have you considered what’s underneath? For
commercial properties and apartment patios, it may be the basement or the apartment
If the screening needs to cover a large area then a purpose built raised planter
bed may be considered. If the screening can be provided by three, four or five trees,
then it’s going to be much more economical to install a few free standing large plant
containers of a size suitable for trees.
Materials such as timber, terracotta and ceramics are often associated with plants
in pots. There are other materials that are just as suitable such as GRP ( glass
fibre) and stainless steel. If you can’t see a size you want, we can usually supply
one in GRP or steel to your own design and specification.
While we are talking of economics, the most economical plant container will be synthetic
or plastic ( see pictures on right). The word plastic is often mistakenly associated
with low quality and poor durability.
Plastics are in fact a wide range of materials that are easily formed in to shape.
The ease of forming allows the products to be made quickly and at low cost. So,
plastic plant containers are usually more econimical but not necessarily lower quality.
Above:1100mm dia terracotta style plastic
Above:750mm wide lead style plastic
When choosing a large plant container for your trees, you will need to consider
whether the area is prone to winds. Most areas will be at some time during the year!
The traditional flower pot shaped plant containers will be less stable than a straight
sided planter. The narrow bottomed planter will be suitable if the trees or shrubs
are not very tall but the trees will grow taller in time and if not regularly trimmed
to the correct height may be prone to toppling over on a regular basis when the wind
Trees, shrubs and flowers in planters will need watering more than those planted
in the ground and this can easily be achieved with a simple irrigation system. It’s
also possible to install a self-watering unit which is a water reservoir placed in
the bottom of the container and replenished via a filler spout.
Left: 1800mm GRP shallow bowl tree planter.
GRP plant containers are available in a very wide range of sizes, styles and colours.
Stainless steel always looks very upmarket although perhaps is only suitable for
a modern environment.
Left: stainless steel tree planter with seats. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Versailles planters are a garden classic and are produced in a choice of materials.
Choose softwood for economy and hardwood for quality and durability. These are
also available in waterproof and rot-proof GRP.
Take a look at the different types of materials and different colours available and
feel free to call us if you have any questions or need advice.