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Planting In Tall Planters

Tall Planters are an excellent addition to any outdoor or indoor planting space. For more info about the usefulness and aesthetics of planters check out our previous articles here and here. These last articles have highlighted why you should look into adding planters to your gardening tool belt, as they are not only the perfect way to grow plants inside easily, but can also be used to make a room or other space pop by adding height and depth to the room. However, what if you already have a tall planter and you’re not really sure what to grow in it or even where to start? The height of a tall planter provides a unique difficulty when it comes time to plant for the summer months. The gardener must deal with the height and amount of potential soil that will be necessary and may also wish to find a plant that complements the planter properly. In this article we are going to take a look at how to plant in a tall planter and even give a few ideas on what plants to put in your tall planter.

Filling the Planter

One of the surprisingly more difficult parts of planting in a tall planter is the height of the planter and either the requisite soil that you will need or the items you may need to add to the bottom to keep the planter in place. There are two main methods to getting the planting process started and adding dirt to the planter to keep it in the right spot. The type of method that you will use likely depends on the construction of your planter and whether or not it contains a smaller liner to hold an adequate amount of soil. Most planters will not come with the interior smaller liner. To plant in these types of planters, fill the bottom of the planter with a heavy material, rocks, bricks or cinder blocks work great for this, making sure that the planter does not become top heavy and tip over in the wind. You can then fill the rest of the planter with soil and plant directly into this soil.

Some other planters will provide the gardener with an interior liner, these liners are often around 12 inches deep so the gardener does not have to fill the entire planter with soil. H Potter provides tall planters with this design, and it is certainly our family’s own preferred method when using tall planters. The bottom of the planter will still need to be secured, using any of the heavy objects that were outlined earlier in the article. However, now that the planter is properly secured, you can simply place the insert into the top of the planter and fill the liner with soil. This method will greatly reduce the amount of soil that you will need to complete the setup of the planter and prepare to start gardening.

Ideas On What to Plant

Now that your planter has the support and the soil that it needs, it's time to begin planting! Choosing a plant for a tall planter will all depend on the aesthetics that you have in mind for your planter. The gardener may decide they wish to add more height, or that their space may be more conducive to flowers, or even flowing greenery that will add to the width of the planter.

Flowers: Ideas for flowers in a tall planter include fuschia, pansies, or marigolds.

Shrubs: Ideas include small lilacs, boxwood, hydrangeas, and even a dwarf spruce (though this may only last in a tall planter for a few years before needing to be moved).

These ideas are only a few of the endless possibilities that a person may choose to use in their tall planters. Our best advice is to be as creative as possible when choosing the plants you will put in the planter box. Finding something wild and wacky will only add to the character of your garden, so don’t be afraid to try new things!

About H Potter:

For over 25 years, H Potter has been proudly serving the home and garden industry as an innovator and a trusted family-owned business. With a wide variety of home and garden products, our mission has been to provide a high quality product to the at-home gardener that is both artistic and functional. Thanks for visiting our blog, we hope you’ll take some time to check out the other wonderful blog posts and pages throughout our website.


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