Planter pots have become the urban and suburban solution to the need humans have to make things grow. They can create beautiful arrangements, grow their own fruits and vegetables, or nurture a lovely herb garden, all because of pots. Some of the most beautiful planter pots are made of fibreglass. This lightweight, durable material has been used as strengthener in airplanes, automobile chassis, construction materials, sporting goods, and many other applications for decades. Now, fibreglass in planter production has expanded the choices and function of a very useful product in our homes.
An Eye For Detail
The detail available through the use of fibreglass is almost legendary. The flexibility of this material makes it ideal for moulds that would otherwise be too intricate for other products. Delicate scrollwork, ribbing and rope details are easy with fibreglass.
Fibreglass is usually combined with another material, such a concrete for weight, or PVC for structure. Wherever it is used, it will make the product more durable. Glazed fibreglass pots will retain their color longer without fading or chipping. They also will not bow when full of soil, with roots pushing against the sides.
Fibreglass doesn’t break down the way plastic does when exposed to sunlight. It is sturdy whether used inside or outside. There are of course other materials that can be used, why not check out our shop?
Fibreglass is one of the most affordable products on the market. It is often made with recycled ingredients, and planter pots with fibreglass will be among the least expensive. These planters can be decorative as well as functional, all within the tightest of budgets.
One of the fastest growing markets for sturdy, durable materials for planters is GLARE ware. This is actually Glass Laminate Aluminum Reinforced Epoxy. It is made of alternating layers of very thin aluminum and fibreglass. They are bonded together with an epoxy. While some constructions of this material call for placing each layer in the same direction, for stronger products the layers will run in different directions.
For fibreglass planters, this means that you can find exquisite large planters that will be strong enough for trees or larger plantings. This is especially helpful with planters used in public places such as malls, lobbies, and atria in large office buildings.
GLARE planters are uniquely strong and durable, and are also resistant to corrosion and fire. This makes them a perfect choice for use outdoors or in areas known for high temperatures, such as parking lots or median strips on city streets.
Fibreglass planters also make excellent window boxes. This type of application tends to be a problem, because window boxes will often bow from the weight of soil and plants. The drain holes will also stain the cladding of the house beneath the boxes.
Fibreglass window boxes are strong enough to retain their shape, even when attached to the side of your house rather than sitting flat. They can be purchased with a reservoir that catches runoff, sparing your siding.
Every office is distinctive and, hopefully, filled with items that will create an aura conducive to helping you get your job done. Your office at work may look different than the one you have at home for any number of reasons. At work, you may need to create an austere atmosphere, or impress employees or clients. At home, your office may be a refuge – the one place you can go at the house where pets and kids have not cluttered the floor. Whatever atmosphere you create in your office, one of your biggest allies can be plant pots. That’s right, you never know when a plant pot will serve just the right role in organizing your office, or making it more homey.
Plant Pots as Furniture
Most offices don’t have much room for furniture. At the least, there will be a desk and office chair. In some cases, you may be lucky enough to have a sitting area available. This is where a plant pot can come in handy. Can’t decide what kind of end table or coffee table to get? A very stylish solution is to use a decorative pot. You can turn it into a “shadow box” type display by placing a plywood disc cut to sit in the pot a short distance below the rim. Then, fill that space with mementos such as shells from your last holiday, antique books dealing with your profession, photos of architectural achievements, or other items that will promote your professional or personal goals. Place a sheet of tempered glass over the top, and you have an attractive table that brings a personal touch to the office.
Plant Pots for Organizing
Your office no doubt has plenty of office items that need organizing. Don’t dig through your desk drawers for pens or paperclips. Simply buy a stylish set of small plant pots to array on your desk or on the shelf behind it to contain all of these small items. It is attractive, and you can inexpensively change colors, textures, or styles on a whim. Your office or hobby room can display many lovely pots, depending on your tastes. A jewelry maker friend has dozens of pots with various types and colors of beads and buttons displayed.
Pots for Statement
On a more professional note, you may want a statement piece in your office. This is especially useful for professionals who need to create a certain atmosphere because of clients or employees. In this case, a bespoke item can create a nice focal point for a specimen plant in the corner. It can also provide a personal touch on the official looking desk, or a soft element near an easy chair. A decorative pot on the book cases, without any flowers or plants in it, can be a truly artistic statement. This is a good way to convey an appreciation for art or style without the possible overdone sense of flowers and plants. It’s a great way to bring understated art into your office.
Flower pots can accumulate in your garden shed, taking up room you could use for anything else. They clutter the back corner of your patio, their clumped dirt needing to be replaced before they can take another plant. Besides, why would you want to use them, when new plants already come in a flower pot? Every spring, you line flower pots along the edge of your patio, and pile them in the corner once the flowers die. It doesn’t have to be that way. Planters can add something special to your property, creating eye candy that beautifies every season.
You can use planters of any style to draw attention to the entry. Some homes, for instance, have side entrances. You may have a studio or workshop in the back, and want your students of customers to come around to that side rather than the front door. A beautiful, rustic planter full of King papyrus can create a visual lure to draw your visitors to the gate you want them to use.
Well stocked planters are very helpful in directing traffic in offices. Use them to designate offices or restrooms, or lead people to the reception area.
Don’t be afraid to add planters to your landscaping. Rustic planters made of railroad ties can create a focal point in your garden, drawing visitors to the back. This can open up space on your deck as you entertain.
Plants placed attractively around seating areas draw people to those areas, especially if they can get some shade. The scent of flowers will welcome them into your garden or home.
Planters carefully placed can keep people out of the parking lot or the lawn. They can create visual guidelines that show people where your space ends and someone else’s begins. You can use them indoors to lead people into the parlor or kitchen, or discourage them from entering other areas. The planters and the plants in them can add privacy and intimacy.
Reinforce Your Style
Planters can echo your sense of style. Modern planters, made of galvanized metal or slate, can add a chic look to your home interior or your office space. Rustic planters, made of cladding, can bring a windowbox to life, helping to create a country cottage look.
A set of matching planters can add an organized, formal look, with a line of matching plants rimming the pool or the sidewalk. Matching planters in graduated sizes can add a sense of order without the formal feel.
Large planters actually create a sense of space, making small spaces feel larger. A lot of little planters can make it feel cluttered, unless they all match.
Care of Planters
Once you purchase really nice planters, you want to use them year after year, rather than stuffing them in the shed. Empty them of soil and rinse them out. Then, scrub them with water with a little bleach. This will kill any nematodes or bugs. You can enjoy your planters for years, like this.