Ideas for Flower Pots

Ideas for Flower Pots

Ideas for Flower Pots 2Whether creating a traditional or cottage style garden, the inclusion of theme-related flower pots adds style and definition. Ideas for flower pots include repurposing paintable planters already in use and those with a few cobwebs, sitting in the garage or basement. The cost can be nominal to expensive. However, both hold the potential for adding a fresh look to your garden. Besides an artistic refurbishing of existing pots, many retailers offer a variety of styles and theme-based containers. Other types of flower pots are possible from items that’suse was not intended as a plant container, such as an old wine barrel sawed in two, a small wheel barrel, or an old CRT computer monitor case. Just keep in mind during the search, the safety and well-being of your plants. Avoid objects with toxins and those that do not provide the growing conditions plants need to thrive.


Artistic Ideas for Flower Pots

Many ideas for flower pots begin with imagination. Using creative principals of line, value, shapes, texture, and color on paintable pots of various sizes can transform your garden, enhancing and drawing attention to areas of interest. When deciding on an artistic approach, consider the intended plant’s foliage and flower color, value, shape, and texture. The overall design of your pots should support and draw attention to the flowers and hopefully, still add interest with the foliage when the blooms fade away.


Many websites offer instructions on chalk painted flower pots and pots painted with acrylic paints using various supplies and utensils such as combs, tapes, and stencils to create design patterns and textures. Copying these designs and patterns that fit the design of your garden adds a professional look. However, the look can be your own and still provide a professional creative impact. A little ingenuity goes a long way in designing your flower pots.


Unintentional Ideas for Flower Pots

Ideas for Flower PotsThere are a variety of items whose intended use was not for plant containers, yet serve the purpose in a decorative way. A small or old rusty wheel barrel blends in well in a cottage or rustic style garden. Smaller potted plants can be placed into the barrel, to avoid exposing the plants to rust by planting directly into the barrel. As an added benefit it is easily pushed away for watering and re-potting purposes. Old metal buckets, boots, wine barrels, old painted tires, watering cans, old tool box, or small boat are some ideas for flower pots and planters to get your creative thought process going. Check old items, those painted before 1970, for lead content.


Commercial Ideas for Flower Pots

Retailers sell flower pots in many shapes, sizes, and materials. Ceramic, stone, faux stone, wood, cement, metal, and various plastics in shapes for traditional gardens, such as urns, bowls, and animals, and for natural or cottage style gardens, like wood logs, animals, carts, and old wells abound. Online sites and trips to nurseries are fun ways to browse for items or generate creative ideas. When shopping, be sure to investigate the potential for toxic substances leaching from items such as plastics and old paint, the effects from sun exposure, water and heat retention, and drainage.


Choosing Safe Materials

If you are painting flower pots, look for non-toxic paints, especially for growing herbs and vegetables. Double potting is a technique you can use to grow plants and still use decorative pots safely. Use a safe container to plant vegetables and herbs, and put it in another painted decorative planter. When choosing a container, weigh the pros and cons. Materials differ in their ability to hold water and heat, their ability to drain properly, and their potential for any toxic related issues.


One of the safest materials for plant containers is stone. Though they weigh a lot and are often expensive, they are nontoxic and a natural, beautiful addition to a garden. Clay as a material for containers has been used for centuries. Terra cotta and ceramic pots are safe for growing food, however, besides being heavy and breakable, they can crack in freezing temperatures and have restrictive drainage, usually one hole in the bottom. They are excellent at retaining heat and moisture, which can be either positive or negative, depending on the plant and the climate.


Plastic pots made with polypropylene #5, is the least toxic and makes this an acceptable type of planter. They are light-weight, heat and cool rapidly, and do retain some moisture. Metal containers heat rapidly, transferring heat to the soil. Care must be taken to water frequently and to keep them in shady areas, little to no sun, or just enough sun to not adversely affect the plants.


Cedar is the preferred type of wood for flower containers. Avoid treated wood. It adversely affects plants, however, using a natural treatment, such as milk paint may help preserve the wood. One of the oldest types of paint, milk paint, goes back as far as cave paintings. Milk paint was used extensively in early American houses and furniture. Over the years, paints with milk had toxic additives included. Today, non-toxic milk paint is available, replicating Colonial American pigments, textures, and colors.


Creating Flower Pots

There are many creative ideas for flower pots beyond those mentioned here. As long as you create a safe, agreeable environment for your flowering plants using containers made with the appropriate materials, the choices are as vast as your imagination.

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