What are the Different Types of Wooden Planters?

B. Miller
B. Miller
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There are many different types of wooden planters that can be excellent ways to house and display plants. Window boxes are some of the most common types of wooden planters, which are narrow boxes mounted on the outside of windows, and are often used to display ornamental flowers. Circular pots in varying sizes are another type that may be used to plant many different types of plants and flowers. Large pots can be used for growing vegetables, for example, or even small trees; smaller pots can be freestanding or hanging, and may be used for displaying green houseplants, flowers, or even for herb plantings on windowsills.

Wooden planters are a good choice for many people because they are often lightweight, and can blend in well to natural settings. If they are properly sealed from the elements, they can last for many years in outdoor settings. They also look nice when displayed indoors in country style homes, as wood can be chosen that matches other types of wood accents or furniture. In addition, some people find that with a little effort, they can make their own wooden planters, which can be a fun project, and a way to save some money since many people have discarded materials simply lying around.

Window boxes are some of the most common wooden planters. These are very easy to mount on the side of the house with brackets, and only require a small bit of dirt and a few flowers to look pretty, making them an economical solution. Because the window boxes are so open to the elements, it is important to seal them well to prevent the wood from splintering or rotting when it sits in the sun, wind, and rain. In addition, it is necessary to water flowers in window boxes more often than others, because they tend to try out more quickly.

Other types of wooden planters may be found for any type of plant. Wooden planters, if made with wood of a lighter weight, are often used for hanging indoors or out because they look more attractive than plastic planters, but are still light enough to hang. Heavier weighted freestanding planters may be used for indoor trees; many people also use these larger "pots" for creating vegetable gardens on a porch or patio. Tomatoes, for example, grow very well in planters if they are staked. Smaller planters may be placed on a windowsill and used for growing smaller flowers or herbs; the possibilities are endless.

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