When designers and landscape architects need stunning, upscale planter solutions, extra-large planters deliver on aesthetics and function. Extra-large planters provide ample space for trees and other plants to flourish, and they can become an unexpected focal point that stops people in their tracks.
With sleek, balanced designs that feature clean lines and sturdy composition, extra-large planters are perfect for residential and commercial projects.
However, choosing an extra-large planter is a commitment. So you and your clients need to make an informed decision.
Keep reading to find out if your project really needs an extra-large planter. And if you decide an extra-large planter would help, you’ll find visual inspiration from some of our clients’ most gorgeous projects.
Extra-Large Metal Planters at The Garden City Bar in Shaker Heights, OH
Why Should You Buy Extra-Large Outdoor Planters?
Extra-large outdoor planters can overwhelm some smaller projects where just a large planter makes sense. However, when carefully selected, an extra-large planter can:
- Significantly elevate the right project
- Make a solid “Wow!” impression
- Serve as a signature statement piece that sets your design brand apart
- Make an overly large open space feel less vast and more intimate and intentional
In the next section, we’ll walk through a few questions to help you make that careful selection.
Extra-Large Tapered Square Planters at DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando, FL
Do You Need an Oversized Outdoor Planter?
Of course, you’ll need a large planter if you have big plants. Large plants typically require deep, wide planters to allow a plant’s roots to take hold and ample room to grow. And even when planting a significant amount of smaller plants together, you may need a large planter so the plants aren’t competing with one another in order to thrive.
But when do you need an oversized or extra-large planter — and not just a large planter?
An oversized planter is generally anything larger than 30 inches in width or height.
Therefore, extra-large planters might be right for your project if you want to:
Add vertical interest in a restaurant dining area, hotel lobby, or any other public social area. Vertical interest can add structure to any space and create more intimate seating arrangements. That’s exactly what happened for our client when they used Connect Modular Planters to carve out cozy seating arrangements for guests. The Garden City Bar in Shaker Heights, OH is now so popular that the bar had to adjust its policy to first-come-first-serve.
Create drama when your design space is especially large. Think about what a captivating design statement an extra-large planter would make as a centerpiece in a courtyard or reception area. Check out this project to see how two extra-large Modern Elite Extra Large Cube Planters flank the fireplace in this outdoor sitting room at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando at SeaWorld.
Add design elements that match the scale of the space you’re working with. Whether you’re seeking to line the side of a large building or wall, or add separation to seating areas within an expansive space, extra-large planters can be exactly what you need. One of our clients used Custom Modern Elite Square Aluminum Planters with an overhanging top lip and an inlay just above the base of the planter to add interest to the grand courtyard, the parking courtyard, and the spa fitness terrace at a condominium complex. See the project here.
Whether you’ve decided to go large or extra-large with your planter, budget is probably on your mind. We’ll say this about budget:
- First, larger planters are expensive and can sometimes be challenging to adequately water and plant. However, you’ll see in the next section that you don't necessarily have to fill the whole planter with soil.
- Second, we’ve thought about your budgetary concerns. That’s why at PureModern, we value engineer our clients’ projects. With a properly value engineered process, your project encounters fewer problems, minimizes unnecessary costs, and produces the best possible product for the lowest cost.
Extra-Large Planters at ALX in San Diego, CA
What Should You Put in the Bottom of Jumbo Planters?
It might seem counterintuitive, but large containers can sometimes be easier to maintain than smaller planters.
Because there is more soil volume, plants can develop a more significant root system. And plants with more roots tend to be healthier.
But your gorgeous display in that extra-large planter can quickly become quite a task when you begin trying to fill the empty space inside.
To achieve the best outcome for your large planter, identifying the right filler and soil depth is critical.
100 percent potting mix is not necessarily the answer. Potting mix is expensive, and it’s heavy. Plus, the roots of most plants won’t reach all the way to the bottom of the planter. (Shallow-rooted plants generally require 6 inches of soil, while larger plants require anywhere from 12 to 18 inches.)
Once you determine how deep your soil should be, you can develop an effective and cost-efficient plan for how to fill an extra-large planter. Sometimes laying down materials — like rubble or plastic containers — makes sense. And other times, custom-building an extra-large planter is the answer.
Depending on the type of planter, internal shelves can be fabricated inside extra-large metal planters or rocks placed at the bottom. If an internal shelf is a solution that you would like to explore, click here to learn more about custom planters.
For extra-large fiberglass planters, you could fill the bottom of the planter with inorganic matter and then top with soil to achieve the required depth depending on your plant’s requirements for optimal growth.
Extra-Large Custom Planters at Villa BXV in Bronxville, NY
At PureModern, we never stop looking for ways to make our clients happy.
Whether you’re looking to include modern extra-large planters to create a stunning impression at a doorway or entrance, along walkways, or as centerpieces placed within courtyards or gardens, you’ll love working with our team.
Count on us to be an invested and engaged member of your project team from the moment we become involved until you’re completely satisfied with the outcome. Learn more about working with PureModern.