Glazed ceramic pots are colorful and durable
Love color? Who doesn’t? Glazed ceramic pots come in just about any imaginable hue, making it fun to coordinate colors between pots and the plants they hold. The containers can look classic and traditional or modern enough to decorate the Museum of Modern Art. And because they’re coated with glaze, they efficiently retain moisture.
Love a hefty price tag? Who does? Glazed ceramic pots can be expensive, but a patient shopper can put together an impressive collection by sifting through clearance sales, tag sales, and big-box stores. Keep in mind that glazed ceramic containers can crack—not quite as often as unglazed terra-cotta but regularly enough. They also lose their colorful luster after some time in the sun.
Cast-stone pots last a long time
Cast-stone containers are in it for the long haul. They’re strong, like concrete, and just as heavy, so they aren’t for the gardener who likes to rearrange container groupings every weekend. The silver lining is that they won’t easily tip over or break due to rough weather conditions. Use them as substantial focal points in the garden. Cast-stone pots are less permeable—and thus hold moisture better—than baked-clay options. They still need protection, though, during extremely cold winters.
Plastics are easygoing and kind to the wallet
Keep pots looking good
Following just two basic steps will keep your pots pretty for years to come:
- Clean them out. Before winter sets in, remove spent plants and soil. Then tuck the pots away in a dry place, like a shed or garage, until spring.
- Scrub them up. Porous pots, like terra-cotta and cast stone, sometimes develop green algal spots or white mineral streaks from watering. To clean them, simply scrub with a brush dipped in a solution of baking soda and water.
Metal is a versatile choice
Terra-cotta is a delicate beauty that requires diligent careTerra-cotta is a delicate beauty that requires diligent care
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