Introduction 
When designing an outdoor space, pots may not be your first concern but choosing the right planters can transform the look and feel of a project. It is crucial to choose a material and shape to complement the overall design and convey a coherent concept. A designer must consider the customer’s expectations, budget and the atmosphere they wish to create.

Traditional 
Faux- lead planters will complement any traditionally styled garden. Their timeless and authentic look adds character and style to any sized space. Clayfibre eco-friendly planters are manufactured from recycled materials, the production requires only 10% of the energy used for ceramic and plastic equivalents. The planters are lightweight enough to be easily moved before planting and will weather gently and realistically resulting in an attractive faux-lead patina. The range includes boxes, troughs and cylinders in a range of designs with the most popular being the classic Georgian panelled Chelsea.

Countryside
In a countryside garden planters should not be the focus but rather blend into their surroundings and complement the adjacent plant life. The classic Tuscan look of Terracino lends itself perfectly to a cottage style garden, the hand finished warm and natural planters are available in a wide range of designs and sizes ranging from 10-100cm in diameter. Updated manufacturing techniques also make it an extremely reliable option. Its durable credentials, versatility and timeless look make it a popular choice amongst designers. On a practical note, Terracino is fired in high-powered gas kilns to a much higher temperature than standard Terracotta, and as a result boasts frost resistance up to -40 °C.

Urban Courtyard 
To make a big impact in limited space, Corten Steel is a great option. Starting out as a blue steel, as soon as it’s exposed to the elements it will naturally weather and develop a rich eye catching finish. The rust provides a protective seal making these planters virtually indestructible. The warm industrial feel is very on trend at the moment with Corten Steel as a prominent feature in an award winning garden at the last Chelsea Flower Show. Corten Steel is available in boxes, cylinders and troughs, with bespoke sizes also available. It is also available in burners, walls, edging and water features.

Contemporary 
The Fiori Grande range is a collection of large plastic pots made through high end rotational moulding techniques. The resulting plastic finish is of a very high quality, does not feature any join lines, is easily cleaned and has a contemporary feel. This colourful range includes a variety of lightweight, statement pieces as well as luminous pots which are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. These luminous planters can even be supplied with a colour changing bulb to allow customers to choose between 13 colours changeable at the click of a button.

The Pot Company have over 30 years experience in helping designers bring all these elements together to shape something that not only looks good but is also functional. With over 30 different planter materials to choose from as well as an impressive array of burners and water features you can certainly find the right product for your client. This year they have made the move to trade and wholesale business only and with this change they have developed a ‘Recommended Supplier’ concept to convert all retail enquiries to business for their existing trade customers. To discuss the right planters for your project, become a recommended supplier or for any query at all email sales@thepotco.com or call 01892 890 353. All products can be viewed at www.thepotco.com.

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