Garden Planters


Whittington Wooden Garden Planters (Pine)

The Whittington is a large impressive wooden planter.  It is suitable for a large seasonal planting display, a small tree or shrub or both!  It looks particularly good with a really large palm or fern style plant.
The Whittington has 75mm square corner posts and cross pieces.  Cross braced and in-filled with 22mm thick  planks, it measures 70cmx70cmx55cm tall and is made of Scandinavian red pine. The internal walls of these planters are now painted with a waterproof  paint sealant.
Planter Dimensions: 70x70x55(h)cm
Product Name
Quantity & Finish
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Whittington Wooden Garden Planter
  70x70x55  (WHITP)
Clear or Golden Brown
Delivery approximately 30 days Postage and Packaging is included for the Uk Mainland.
We also offer a bespoke service, so if you would like this or any of our own wooden products made to your own preferred measurements please contact us and we will be pleased to help.
If you live in the Channel Islands, Highlands and Islands or Ireland please ring 01952 541170 or email  for a quote for delivery.

Alpines and succulents in Planters

 Under  normal  garden conditions, where  the soil has been improved and fed over the years, alpines  and succulents will grow  tall and lanky,  flower poorly and die prematurely.  But where  there is low soil fertility and free drainage,  they grow strong and stocky, and produce abundant  flowers.  Here,  perennial species, such as aubrietia,  candytuft, gentian, pinks (Dianthus)  and saxifrage, will live to a ripe old age. In their natural habitat, alpines  root in rock crevices  or pockets of gritty soil, so in planters most prefer a coarse  compost, but one which  holds a certain amount of moisture. Succulents,  such as lampranthus  and sedums,  often grow- in little more than rocky debris  in the wild. Houseleeks or sempervivums earned their common name because they will even grow when 'planted' between  the tiles of a leaking roof.
There, spread their tightly packed rosettes  to plug the hole.

Alpines and succulents in Planters

Alpines do not need deep soil or compost, so shallow troughs make ideal planters. Whatever planter you use  must be free draining, so be  sure to provide plenty of holes and a good layer of drainage material in the base. The leaves of many  alpines  will  go brown and rot if they touch wet compost, so it is a good idea to cover the surface with a 2.5cm mulch of coarse  grit, granite  chippings or gravel. Including  a few large craggy  stones  in the
Plants for your  Planters
To help you select the best plants for your planters. Here is a list of two hundred plants, with pictures,  for planters listed by colour & season. 

Alpines and succulents in Planters

arrangement will add to the alpine effect.  You could
even  plant a sempervivum  in a stone with a hole in it, or in an empty shell  for a seaside  theme. Fill the planter with a proprietary alpine compost. This will contain  a mixture of loam, peat  or peat
substitute and sharp sand, or grit, to ensure that the plants' roots do not become  waterlogged, plus just enough  fertiliser  to get the plants  off to a good  start. Alternatively, you can make your own mix of one part topsoil, one part sieved  leaf-mould  or peat substitute, and  one part grit or fine pea shingle.
Most  alpines are not drought  tolerant, but equally they hate water logging.  This means that the compost must be kept  reasonably damp, particularly   during the growing season.
For really healthy specimens, give your plants  a weak  liquid feed as they begin their growing season. Choose  a feed with a fertiliser suitable for flowering  plants,  but avoid one containing  a high  level or nitrogen, which  will encourage straggly growth.
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