5 Different Types of Garden Pots: Materials, Uses & Durability

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When it comes to garden pots, there are several options to choose from, and it can feel quite daunting, especially if you are a novice gardener. Depending on your needs and the type of gardening you plan to do, you may need to pick a very particular pot. We have gathered some of the best pots and their benefits.

1. Terracotta Garden Pot

Terracotta container pots are made from terracotta clay and are often used for gardening. They are usually used to plant vegetables and herbs. 

Terracotta garden pots can be found in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Some of the most popular terracotta pots include the following: 

  • The Dutch pot: This is a narrow pot with a hole at the bottom that is used for drainage. 
  • The barrel pot: This is a wide and deep container that can hold more than one plant per pot. 
  • The strawberry jar: This is shaped like a small jar with an opening at the top for inserting plants. 

2. Glazed Garden Pot

The glazed garden pot has been around for centuries, but in recent times, advancements have been made in technology and materials, which has led to a new type of glazed garden pot being developed. This type of garden pot is manufactured by using a 3D printing technique called additive manufacturing. These 3D printed pots are more durable than their traditional counterparts because they are made with stronger materials, such as steel or concrete. They also have a higher quality finish because they do not need any paint or additional. 

3. Concrete Garden Pot

Concrete containers can be a good option if you want to grow vegetables in your garden because they will not rot or rust like a wooden or metal pot may.  Concrete gardening pots can come in a variety of shapes, and they can be stained or painted to your liking. A pro of gardening with a concrete pot is their toughness and durability – this allows them to last many years with minimal care. 

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4. Wood Planter

Having wood windowpanes or planters presents many pros. Wood is rarely damaged by freezing temperatures, so it can be left outdoors all year. Another pro is that it insulates the roots from scorching summer temperatures. The only downside to having a wood planter or pot is that it will eventually rot over time. 

5. Sheet Metal Garden Pot

It may sound odd, but the sheet metal is one of the top choices when it comes to gardening pots. A pro to using a sheet metal gardening pot is its lightness and ability to move around easily if necessary. Sheet metal, of course, does not chip or crack like a terracotta pot may. However, a con is that metal of course heats up quickly and that can be damaging to the soil and harm the roots if you do not pay attention. Sheet metal garden pots can be made from the following types of metal: 

  • Tin 
  • Copper 
  • Aluminum 
  • Steel 
  • Weathered steel like Corten  

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