Does your garden have lots of container plants? Container gardening is often the way we get into gardening, trying things out on a small scale before gaining the confidence to branch out into bigger projects. But it’s also ideal for renters who like the idea of a portable garden, home owners with limited outdoor space, and parents who are keen to encourage the kids to develop their green fingers and explore nature. Whatever your motivation, containers are a quick and easy way to bring colour, texture and wildlife into your garden. I’ve just discovered the Lechuza range of planters, which look absolutely stunning, while having some really practical features built into their design.
I think container gardening is particularly brilliant for making the most of small spaces. You can create a real ‘wow factor’ with just a couple of planters, and you can make the most of every available inch of space in a way that just doesn’t happen with traditional borders. Also, the fact that you can move planters around allows you to keep that limited space as flexible as possible: if it doesn’t work, just pick it up and try it somewhere else!
Plants grown in containers tend to be more reliant on us to keep them alive. They have limited access to soil and will quickly exhaust the nutrients available, so it’s important to feed them regularly and keep an eye on the watering, particularly in warm weather like we’ve had this summer. Choosing a clever planter that helps make your job easier can take a lot of the hard work out of container gardening, as well as giving your plants a much better chance of thriving.
The Lechuza range is manufactured in Germany from high quality, weatherproof plastics, and all planters feature a unique self-watering system that allows you to be more hands-off with watering, while still providing plants with optimum growing conditions. Each planter has a water reservoir at the bottom, plus a water level indicator that tells you exactly when you need to top up your plant. I really like the fact that there’s a removable plastic liner too, as this means you can keep the mess away from the outer planter when you’re potting up.
There are so many lovely products in the Lechuza range, with a wide variety of styles, colours and finishes to choose from. Here are my top picks to give you a taste of what’s on offer.
I love the sleek, modern lines and the high-gloss finish of this planter. It will let your plant take all the glory, while quietly looking sophisticated and smart in the background.
It’s also available in scarlet red, black and taupe – wouldn’t a row of them in alternating colours look fabulous?
If you’re looking to make a statement with a large plant, Cubico is perfect. The tall, slim design will lift your plant off the ground, and is great for adding height to a container display.
It’s available in five sizes too, so there’s bound to be one that fits your space. I’ve got my eye on the Charcoal Metallic colourway, which will sit beautifully next to our garden furniture.
With its lovely curves and textured surface, this planter is just so tactile.
I think it’s ideal for houseplants or an outdoor table display, and I love the bright green option that adds a real pop of colour.
Vertical gardening is a great option if your outdoor space is limited, and, with the right products, you can make the most of walls, fences and balconies. This rectangular planter can be hooked over a fence and is available in white, slate grey and lime green.
It’s got a clever wick irrigation system; all you have to do is poke a wick into the bottom of each pot, then pop them into the planter, where the wick will soak up water as required. There’s no need to repot your plants, so it really is a low-maintenance option!
Another great option for vertical gardening is this clever CASCADA planter. The design is modular, so you can stack up to three planters to form a tower.
It’s perfect for a herb garden, but you could also use it for something like strawberries, or simply a big display of flowers.
Even if you have absolutely no outdoor space, you can still garden indoors. This cute little planter with its contrasting band of colour is perfect for houseplants and indoor herbs. I love the shape; it’s curvy, but also very clean and modern-looking. Again, there’s a wick irrigation system that removes the need to repot your plant, and there’s a matching larger planter and watering can available too.
What do you think of my selection? It’s just a sample of the planters available and you can check out the full Lechuza range here. I think there’s something there for pretty much every container gardening need you can think of, and the self-watering system built into all Lechuza planters makes caring for your container plants so much easier!
Could Lechuza planters help you make a success of container gardening?
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