The Right Planter
"I want a cheaper planter but one that will last for a long time!"
Go for Rotationally Moulded Plastic - a combination of strength and lightness.
Long lasting and maintenance free planters with superb finishes including granite, sandstone, slate and terracotta.
"I'd like a metal look planter."
All our GRP Planters planters can be have metallic colours inclding gold, bronze, silver and gun metal. Strong and lightweight but will a metal look
Or go for the real thing - we stock:
Brushed and polished stainless steel planters,
Stainless steel framed planters,
Aluxinc and galvanised steel planters
"I want an interesting design in a personal colour."
GRP Planters (Glass Reinforced Plastic) has the most options but limited to the moulds available. Metal could be used but is more expensive.
GRP is strong, watertight and light weight - ideal for roof gardens where access is difficult and weight saving essential.
All our GRP planters are available in 14 different colours, including metal finishes.
"Timber is a must!"
Wood always looks natural and if well maintained will last well.
Have a look at our Stainless Steel Frames with timber panels - expensive but they look it!
Also in that section you will find frames with plastic timber look panels - incredibly realistic and available in walnut, cedar, grey and teak.
"What material is best?"
GRP, Glass Reinforced Plastic, can be used for Interior and Exterior projects, it is strong, watertight and light weight. Ideal for roof gardens where access is difficult and weight saving essential. Will not be damaged by frost and readily accepts different paint finishes including metallics. Glass Fibre is not recyclable but will last for over 20 years! So because it does not need replacing for such a long time it is very eco friendly.
Rotationally Moulded Plastic, has similar characteristics as GRP although it is tougher, the finish is dull or matt and paint will not easily stick to it. These are ideal for Terracotta or Matt Granite and Sandstone Planters. These are Eco friendly as the plastic is Recyclable.
Galvanised Steel is ideal for Exterior Landscaping where an urban look is required, although shiny to start with these planters will dull down. This type of planter can be Powder Coated to introduce colours and special effects - the choice is endless!
Aluzinc is a galvanised steel but it does not dull with time or show water marks. Aluzinc has a matt silver finish and used for cladding buildings will stand the test of time! Be careful though as it goes black when chaffed against almost anything! Both can be fabricated to bespoke shapes and sizes without adding prohibitive costs, they are not watertight unless sealed or GRP lined.
Timber looks great in the right place, but unless hardwood, needs painting or varnishing after a couple of years. Combined with Stainless Steel it looks very contemporary. Alternatively use Plant Containers made from Plastic Timber Decking Planks. Plastic Timber is almost indestructible! It is 25mm thick and comes with a 10 year Guarantee, ideal for exterior areas of high traffic. This material is made from a small percentage of timber and recycled plastic, it is Recyclable in the future.
Stainless Steel can be used outside as well as inside, it will not rust but can corrode! This is down to chemicals in the compost (e.g. fertiliser) so we recommend a plastic liner used or GRP. Mild Steel is cheaper but needs to be powder coated inside and out or GRP lined. Bespoke sizes can be made and they are seamless but once scratched it will rust! All metals are recyclable.