Hedging Plants in Containers (IV)

Containers for Hedging Plants come in a range of styles and materials. Style is down to taste, but the choice of material is practical…
TERRACOTTA
Relative ease of movement: Average
Durability: Good-Excellent (frost resistant terracotta) Poor (non-frost resistant terracotta)
Traditional yet timeless, terracotta fits in with any garden style and never looks out of place. But only buy frost resistant terracotta/clay pots – if they’re not, they WILL crack in winter.
Terracotta pots also dry out more quickly in sun or wind so will need additional watering in these conditions.. The smaller the pot, the more likely this is to occur.
And, of course, they will smash if you drop them!
GLAZED CERAMIC
Relative ease of movement: Poor-Average
Durability: Good-Excellent (frost resistant ceramic) Poor (non-frost resistant ceramic)
Again, must be frost resistant. If you want to introduce additional colour into your garden beyond the palette offered by Hedging Plants, then glazed pots is the way to go.
PLASTIC
Relative ease of movement: Excellent
Durability: Excellent
Large plastic containers are no longer an inevitable eyesore –many actually look rather good. Besides, you can always place smaller, more attractive containers around the base to camouflage and complete the illusion. They are generally cheaper and always lighter!
WOOD
Relative ease of movement: Poor-Average for containers; Non-Existent for raised beds
Durability: Very good-Excellent
As a natural material natural, wood containers will fit in just about any garden. The half-barrel, for example, is deservedly popular and is a perfect home for larger Lavenders like Grosso or Rosemary, especially when under-planted with Primrose or other spring flowers/bulbs
In their last few years of service, wooden containers, even if treated, can become a little fragile and won’t survive moving.