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  • Are all self-watering planters the same?
    This summer's heatwave may have created a welcome continental feel on Britain’s high streets, but it can cause havoc for Britain in Bloom groups, gardeners and professional ground staff across the country, especially with...
  • Modular designs that don’t stick to standard dimensions
    If you are designing a large landscape scheme that will be a pleasure for people to live and work in, planters are a useful tool to have in your project. Planting brings life to streets, squares, parks and housing...
  • Designing large-scale planters in multiple sections
    Bespoke manufacture in metal is the ideal choice when designing planters on a large scale. Production constraints and logistics demand that planters over a certain size will need to be split into more manageable units.
  • Fibre reinforced cement seating - the production process
    IOTA's Boulevard range of planters and street furniture is manufactured in Switzerland from a proprietary, patent-protected form of fibre-reinforced cement (FRC). FRC is a consolidated blend of cement, limestone, water,...
  • Bespoke galvanised steel planter manufacture
    Outdoor Design
    Bespoke steel planters can be made in all shapes and sizes, to suit a huge variety of settings and applications. Drawing on specialist product knowledge, design expertise and manufacturing processes means that a solution can...
  • How to integrate planters and bench seating
    Discover how to integrate seating into planters. In addition to bespoke solutions, there are two generic techniques that can be applied to adapt existing planter designs without incurring excessive costs
  • When and how to specify movable planters
    Find out about the design and functionality issues to consider when specifying that planters should be movable with in-built castors. There are basically two options, each with their pros and cons
  • Adding balustrades, trellises or fencing to planters
    Discover how integrating balustrades, trellising and fences into planters can reduce costs, increase usability and provide integrated safety for roof garden perimeters
  • Specifying planters for super-prime residential
    Planting schemes for super-prime residential developments have particular design and specification challenges. This article explores factors to consider and gives tips on material specifications to ensure quality and keep...
  • Specifying planters for coastal locations
    Learn about the material, design and manufacturing factors to consider when specifying metal planters for use in coastal locations. Depending on the area of the country, the prevailing winds, and local topography, the...
  • A guide to commercial container planting
    This guide to container planting outlines, in a 10-step process, all essential requirements for a successful commercial planter installation. 1. Fill the bottom of the planters with an appropriate drainage layer. Prior to...
  • Metal or GRP planters – which material is best?
    Find out the relative merits of Metal vs. GRP as a material for planters. This article explores the merits of each material, challenges and opportunities, working examples and guidelines for designers and specifiers