Everyday Gardening: Containers

One of the most wonderful aspects of gardening is that it is accessible to anyone. Whether you’re growing houseplants in a big city loft or a full-on Victory Garden in the country, sinking your hands into the soil can relieve stress (and let’s face it, we can all do with a little less stress these days). 

An article in Garden Gate Magazine says, “Working in the garden reduces cortisol levels (a chemical your body produces in response to stress) even more than reading a book” and “being exposed to friendly soil microbes on a regular basis boosts your immune system, cuts your risk of inflammatory disease and yes, reduces stress.” All right, count me in!     

There are a variety of containers for gardening and we thought we’d share a couple of our favs. First up, this Scaled Green Glazed Pot that’s as fresh indoors as it is in the garden. It comes in large (6.5″ x 6.5″ x 5.5″) and medium (5.75″ x 5.75″ x 5″), making them ideal for nesting together with your favorite houseplant or starting herbs in the garden. 

Terra cotta pots remind me of athletic clothes. While they look great, do you really want to be the guy out there who’s all shiny and new? With this in mind, our team developed the timeless terra cotta container called the Low Terrace Planter. A key feature is it comes “pre-salted.” What does that mean? Well, aged terra cotta develops a white residue on the outer layer. This happens because the material is porous and as salt leaches out of fertilizer and soil, the minerals cluster on the pot. In just the right amount this gives a pot a well-aged look. You can find the Low Terrace Planter in small (6.75″ x 6.5″ x 4″), medium (7.75″ x 7.5″ x 4.5″), and large (10.25″ x 10″ x 5.5″) and are made of a durable cement.

Want to see these containers in action? The video below takes you on a Park Hill Collection shoot in the garden where birds were chirping and the weather was spectacular.

Now if your planter has a drain hole be sure to keep your plants hydrated as water reserves can quickly run out the bottom of your pot, but if it doesn’t and you worry about over-watering, a good tip is to fill the bottom ¼ with gravel so extra water can pool up there. Happy gardening… or should we say happy stress relief!