I’m an apartment dweller, but I have a balcony that I’d love to fill with plants. What are the best containers for me?
Picking the perfect container is harder than ever because you have so many choices in materials, sizes, and colors. You’re smart to consider the location
(your balcony) before you invest in any container.
Use this guide and a few tips to find the best fit.
It’s perfect for… Expressing your creativity and regard for Mother Earth. Know before you buy... Repurposed containers usually require you to add drainage holes; invest in the right bits to drill through unconventional materials.
It’s perfect for… Trying lots of sizes, colors, and styles, as well as flexibility, thanks to its light weight. Bonus: Some can be left out during winter. Know before you buy... Invest in durably constructed options so you gain longevity. Because of their light weight, they can tip easily. Newer modular options are great for apartment dwellers who want to go vertical and grow a lot.
It’s perfect for… Finding just the right style option, from sleek to rustic. Know before you buy... Plants can get super warm, especially in dark-color metal containers.
It’s perfect for… Discovering a gorgeous color. Know before you buy... Freeze-thaw cycles lead to cracks, so pottery containers must be overwintered in a protected location.
It’s perfect for… General purpose—nearly everything and everywhere. Know before you buy... It’s a water hog, so if the location gets lots of sun, watch so plants don’t dry out. Heavy and breakable, terra-cotta shouldn’t be left out in winter.
6. CONCRETE AND STONE
It’s perfect for… Longevity and distinctive texture as well as lots of style options. Know before you buy... It’s heavy and difficult to move; consider placing on casters or in a spot where you can plant it and leave it.
It’s perfect for… A texture-rich approach to planting as well as distinctive shapes. Know before you buy... These must be lined with another material to hold in soil and plants, which means they dry out easily.
It’s perfect for… That just-right natural look. Know before you buy... Only untreated wood is safe for growing edibles.