Every time I step across the threshold of another garden center in search of a new, I feel like I should proclaim, “Hello. My name is Danielle, and I’m a potaholic.” Maybe then the staff would save me from myself. Many years of planting container gardens have left me with quite a collection of pots: some glazed, some terra-cotta, one or two concrete—all beautiful in their own way. But I’ve learned the hard way that not all container materials are created equal.
Each year, after dragging the last oppressively heavy pot around my garden, I vow that I will invest in lighter pots or in those that can withstand my climate so that I don’t have to move them if I don’t want to. These days, you can find synthetic pots that look just like real terra-cotta, stone, or metal at a comparable price. I’ve come to realize that looks aren’t the only thing to consider when choosing a container. The climate in your area and your brute strength are factors to consider, as well. Here’s a closer look at the variety of container materials available.