Hospitals, restaurants, and shopping centers invest in their property to attract customers. Investing in the overall look and feel of a commercial business increases the chances of having repeat and happy customers who gladly utilize the commercial space. And one way to invest in property is to add elements of greenery to the space.
Business owners and managers understand that clients are more likely to return if they have a satisfying experience. Clients usually return if their expectations are met or exceeded. This is because now instead of spending energy looking for a new spot to eat brunch or shop, they return to the space that makes them feel comfortable.
To ensure a satisfied customer, add greenery in our commercial containers and pay wholesale prices.
What Does Wholesale Mean?
Wholesale means that a business sells a large number of goods to other companies who, in turn, sell to an end-user or use the product for their client’s project.
The key to wholesale is the quantity purchased and who is buying the product. The higher quantity of a product purchased, the bigger the discount.
We offer our clients (landscape architects, architects, interior designers, and plantscapers) an automatic trade discount of 20% off our retail priced products and an additional discount of up to 40% if a larger quantity of products is purchased.
What Are Commercial Planters?
Commercial planters are called “commercial” because they are well suited for commercial environments. Commercial planters, also known as contract-grade planters, are low-maintenance and can withstand the bumps and knocks common in high-traffic spots, such as a mall, hospital, hotel lobby, or rooftop restaurant.
Commercial planter classification is based on four characteristics: how they are made, the time it takes to make them, how easily the material they are made from is sourced, and the quality of products they are made with. The use or location does not play a part in whether a planter is considered commercial.
For example, our Modern Elite Aluminum Planters are durable, and their finish will last because we use marine-grade aluminum. This grade of aluminum is typically used in shipbuilding and aircraft fabrication. The aluminum is powder-coated with a VOC-free architectural grade powder that is heated and cured, and the end result is a durable coating.
The combination of the marine-grade aluminum and the architectural-grade powder creates a very durable product that is required in a commercial product. Read more about commercial-grade planter materials here.
Commercial business owners can buy planters that are not commercial-grade planters, a.k.a. retail planters, which will have a lower upfront cost. However, those planters often end up costing more in the end. This is because retail planters can become brittle, the color fades faster, and they can simply fall apart if left outside in the elements.
Commercial business owners have access to buy commercial or retail planters. The decision that needs to be made is whether you want a product that you will have to replace in a few years or a product that will last for years to come.
Outdoor vs. Indoor Commercial Planters
Most commercial planters are suitable for either indoor or outdoor applications. Commercial planters are made to withstand high-traffic areas, the freeze and thaws of the north, and increased moisture and rain of the south.
Characteristics to look for in an outdoor planter
- UV protective paint to sustain the original color as much as possible
- Made of a material to withstand freeze and thaw as well as high temperatures
- Material to withstand constant moisture contact
- An appropriate watering solution such as an Ollie Plant Sipper
Characteristics to look for in an indoor planter
- Watertight so to not damage the floor
- Hardy material and finish to sustain the bumps and knocks in a commercial setting
- An appropriate watering solution such as an Ollie Plant Sipper
Commercial Planter Shapes
Every designed space needs a planter shape that fits the vision. Many shapes are available to choose from, such as round, rectangle, square, and tapered.
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The round shape is a geometric shape but with an organic feel. This planter shape can lend itself to even more of a modern look with straight sides, such as a cylinder or tapered sides for a traditional feel.
Examples of round planters:
The rectangular shape can be used as a divider planter to separate two distinct spaces or pushed against a wall to add greenery to an otherwise bland space.
Examples of rectangular planters:
This shape is one of our most versatile shapes because it can stand alone as a statement piece or be positioned in a long line alongside a driveway or entrance.
Examples of square planters:
Planters that don’t fit in any of the above categories have a shape suitable for a very distinct feel. These shapes fit a specific design where the planter is just as important as the plants in them.
Examples of uniquely shaped planters:
Commercial Planter Sizes
Most planters made of fiberglass and metal can be manufactured in many different sizes. We can manufacture planters for the top of desks, platforms, and even ornamental trees.
Small Tabletop Planter
For a tabletop application, the PurePots Small Rectangular Cuboid - 2460 is a solution with a smaller planting space of 7 inches wide and a depth of 7 inches. This fiberglass planter is offered in 4 different lengths from 20 inches to 44 inches long.
Medium Sized Planter Suitable to Grace an Entrance
A commercial planter that would look good next to an entrance to a restaurant or hotel entrance is the Modern Elite Tapered Planter. This planter is fabricated from powder-coated aluminum and can be made to suit your design. One size we offer of this product is a medium-sized planter at the height of 32 inches, a tapered base of 12 x 12 inches, and a top opening of 16 x 16 inches. This planter is offered in 6 stocks colors but can be powder-coated in a color of your choice.
Large Planter Big Enough For an Ornamental Tree
The best size of planter to fit a small tree all depends on how big the root ball of the tree is, how tall the tree will be when full grown, and the optimal tree root growth space. To find the shape and size that fits your design, we suggest that you consider the Modern Elite Cube Planter. This planter can be manufactured to fit your chosen tree and powder-coated in a color that fits your business's branding. Want it in blue? We gotcha!
Tall Planter That Makes a Statement
Planters are a great way to make a quick change to a space, and a few of them could be used as added interest even without greenery. A tall planter that we would suggest to act as eye candy would be the Orbit Tall Planter. At 60 inches tall and a diameter of 12 inches, this planter will look good in its final placement while you look for a suitable plant.
Commercial Planter Materials
The material a planter is made of will determine how long it will last in its specified location. Below are a few common materials and their benefits.
Powder-Coated Marine Grade Aluminum
PureModern commercial-grade powder-coated aluminum planters are perfect for a project that requires low-maintenance and lightweight metal planters that can withstand extreme weather conditions as well as high-traffic areas. This planter material can be made in most shapes and sizes to fit your design.
Fiberglass will fit the project's material needs if you need a lightweight, low-maintenance, and budget-friendly planter. Fiberglass can be painted in almost any color.
It has an ultra-modern feel, but this material can be very costly, so we recommend going with an aluminum planter that is powder-coated to look like stainless steel.
COR-TEN weathering steel will fit your needs if you want a modern industrial design, don’t mind waiting for the material to patina, and the planter's surrounding area can tolerate metal bleeding.
This is not a commonly used planter material, but one can use it to achieve an industrial look. It is often riveted together with folded corners. The material should not be used in coastal or saltwater environments.
This look can be achieved either with an infused fiberglass planter or powder-coating aluminum in a matching color.
While concrete can be a great product, we don’t usually recommend it, as aluminum and fiberglass are much easier to procure because of the shorter lead time and lighter weight.
Businesses That Have Used Our Commercial Planters
Planters are an element of the design plan that allows businesses to add more greenery to a space. This added element has proven to be a critical part of creating a healthier environment for patrons at businesses such as hotels, office buildings, hospitals, and shopping malls. The planter can be an integral part of the competitive advantage strategy. Below are a few projects where businesses utilized our wholesale commercial planters.
The Stroud Group utilized a large square tapered planter to grace an outdoor space at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Orlando.
The Southcentre Mall in Calgary, AB lined walkways by retail stores with various sizes of planters.
The multi-use government office building in Salinas, CA houses the Monterey County Government offices. Ausonio utilized various sized planters to create boundaries separating different workspaces.
Restaurant and Bar
Groves Bay Hospitality Group added rectangular planters to separate eating areas at the Glass and Vine Restaurant and Bar
Multi-family Community/Apartment Complex
Studer Design Associates designed the landscape plan for the condominium complex Villa BXV in Bronxville, NY. A mix of different shapes and sizes were utilized and tastefully designed to create a shared multi-use outdoor space complete with areas for dining and relaxing.
Furbish utilized the rectangle planter to separate a seating area from a walkway at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD.
Trim Landscaping installed multiple Modern Elite Cube Planters along an urban street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These square planters were purchased to help in the beautification project of the area around the convention center are 36 x 36 x 36 inches with a 1 inch top lip.
Tips and Tricks for Procuring Wholesale Commercial Planters
When working with a new client or working on a type of project that is new, it is nice to dip into your tool chest of go-to ideas, resources, and best practices. By starting with items in your tool chest, we are able to really expand on our skills and create something amazingly new.
This is what Zaha Hadid did when she created the Heydar Aliyev Centre. Using computers, her knowledge of materials, and a large team of savvy designers, she created a truly amazing functional space.
These are our tricks from our tool chest after 14 years in the planter business:
Unachievable idea: Ask questions. Your idea may seem unachievable but inquire first before shoving it aside.
The idea is too expensive: Ask questions. Your idea may seem too expensive; Maybe we have a way to decrease the expense.
The plan is not nailed down: Ask questions. You may not know exactly what you want, but you have an idea and just need to flesh it out a bit more.
Order samples: Click on the link to order samples today.
- Think about the long term need, not just the immediate need.
Four-Step Project Process: Over the last 6 years, we have developed the Four-Step Project Process. This process is a proven way of successfully executing a project on time and on budget. Click here to familiarize yourself with our Four-Step Project Process.
Completion date: Know your date for completion, as the process of drawing, fabricating, and shipping may take longer than you expected.
Updated quotes: We are happy to redo the quote as many times as you need. You don’t need to have the exact idea of what you need when you call or send a request.
Budget Estimate: We will give you a budget estimate in less than 24 hours. This will of course depend on the complexity of the project.
The material really does matter: The material selected will dictate the options for when the planter will be ready to ship, whether the project will stay on budget, and even what size options fit the design.
A business's success has as much to do with the people working in the space as the space itself. Whether it is a restaurant, hospital, office building, shopping mall, or hotel, adding greenery will elevate the space.
Adding wholesale commercial planters is one element that will play double-duty. This is because containers hold greenery and create a truly welcoming space. Contact PureModern to get the answers you need about your next planter plan.