From antiquity, man has yearned to cultivate the soil, not only to nourish his body, but to feed and satisfy his soul.
Once, humankind had only the most austere of materials to fashion garden planters. Natural substances, such as stone, gourds and clay, worked for a time; however, it soon became apparent that these containers were no longer suitable. Although basically functional, the pots were highly breakable, the plants dried out quickly and the planters were very heavy, making the plants bothersome to cultivate and cumbersome to move. Now utilizing the latest technology, today's containers are a blend of classic styling with modern materials.
From traditional flower pots, window boxes, and hanging planters to deck planters and replications of historic urns, containers are now being produced from modern materials. Without sacrificing the character and personality of the original, planters made from contemporary materials are lightweight, fade- and breakage-resistant, less porous and much more durable than their predecessors.
- Lightweight Resin: Lightweight resin is typically foam urethane cast in molds. The resin holds water typically a week longer than more porous materials, saving time and labor. Lightweight and economical, this container is easily movable; a plant's specific requirements can be met no matter what the natural environment.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass is a mixture of lightweight resin and glass fibers. Most automobiles and boats are now made of this extremely durable material. Fiberglass is fade- and breakage-resistant yet can be molded to replicate historic, as well as contemporary, planter designs.
- Fiberstone(TM): Fiberstone(TM) is manufactured by utilizing a patented process of adding crushed limestone to fiberglass. The result? Incredible texture accompanied by unprecedented strength. Medium in weight, Fiberstone(TM) planters are perfect for windy or high-traffic areas, but still light enough to be easily movable.
Making gardening simpler, more enjoyable, more affordable and more successful, modern day materials help nurture the plant lover within, bringing back the glory of Eden and opening avenues of self-expression previously unavailable. Outdoordecor.com, a subsidiary of the Arthur Wilbur Company, Inc., is one of the oldest, online gardening and home accessory retailers offering thousands of products to consumers.