Planters add life, en­ergy to out­doors

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life -

Never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact of a few strate­gi­cally placed planters.

Whether you live in a large house with a great yard or a condo space with a small bal­cony, planters are key when it comes to adding some life and en­ergy to your out­doors.

Use a group­ing of them if you’re spruc­ing up your bal­cony, or if you’ve got a house, try them on ei­ther side of a garage or at the en­trance­way with an over­sized pot. Planters make the per­fect state­ment and can cre­ate some much needed curb ap­peal. And let your imag­i­na­tion go wild — planters are not just for an­nu­als, fill them with any­thing from twigs to trop­i­cals, green­ery to suc­cu­lents.

This month I have come up with some out-of-the-box ways to fill your planters, and your out­door space, no mat­ter how big or small (or how green your thumb is).

Crate and Bar­rel

Ibarra Fi­con­stone Planters These planters (avail­able in two sizes) are made from an in­no­va­tive blend of stone, plas­tic and ce­ment, mak­ing them strong but light­weight. The shape of the bowl and the tex­ture makes it per­fect to plant small shrubs.

For the Cal­gary Her­ald

Plant Ter­rar­i­ums If pots and up­keep are not up your al­ley, then these are for you. These skill­fully made ter­rar­i­ums add a zen-like qual­ity to ei­ther an in­door or out­door space. Put one on a cof­fee ta­ble in a mod­ern out­door space for the per­fect green fin­ish­ing touch.

Light + Lad­der

Spora Planters Ce­ramic con­tain­ers with veg­etable tanned leather straps add an or­ganic vibe to any space, in­doors or out. With a matte fin­ish and avail­able in three strap colours, a group­ing of these planters is per­fect to house herbs, suc­cu­lents, or trel­lis plants. Bet­ter yet, a large group­ing of these would make the per­fect state­ment in a small pa­tio.


Pair of French Urns These dou­ble lobed han­dled, 19th Cen­tury urns add wow to your out­doors. They are the per­fect ad­di­tion to a stately gar­den or add the right ten­sion to a mod­ern space. I am in love with the chipped paint and bold colour, al­most giv­ing them a patina of aged cop­per. Filled with mod­ern white flow­ers, these add the right amount of sur­prise and glam­our to your out­doors.

Ferm Liv­ing

Plant Stand Used to house an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of pots, this mid­cen­tury style plant stand would add some life to a bor­ing or un­used cor­ner of a pa­tio. Or placed on ei­ther side of a sofa with a side ta­ble, would add some much needed height. Take your plants in for the win­ter and leave the stand out­side to act as sculp­tural piece.

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