Events this past year served to highlight how much people value some kind of outdoor space or greenery, even if it is an urban jungle on a windowsill. You just need to look at the spike in demand for gardening products last summer to see how many people were bitten by the gardening bug. However, if you’ve shied away from gardening in the past through fear of failure or just never thought you had the space to create something special, think again. Container gardening, particularly with the help of LECHUZA’s self-watering pots, could be the answer to building a garden or green space to suit your lifestyle.
Container gardening is, as the name suggests, growing plants in containers – whether that means dedicated pots and planters or getting adventurous and re-purposing anything from retro teapots and vintage tin cans, to an old kitchen sink. This type of gardening is ideal for people with limited outdoor space, or renters who know they will be moving on in a few years and don’t want to leave plants behind. Container gardening can also add interest and create versatility to large gardens without the added maintenance and time that goes with growing in large beds.
So, what are the benefits?
Flexible and versatile
Whether you have a small garden or no garden at all, there is an option for every space: balconies, windowsills, patios, and that houseplant corner in the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of.
It also means you can move your pots around as and when you want; for example, if you decide you want to switch up an arrangement, change your plants with the seasons, or if you move house. With this in mind, container gardening is a great solution for renters, meaning you never have to leave your beloved plants behind.
The BALCONERA from LECHUZA is the epitome of versatility. This box planter is designed for use on balconies, fences, windowsills, walls, and tables. Available in two sizes and a range of colours, including white, slate, petrol blue and coral red, the BALCONERA is UV resistant so the colours won’t fade. RRPs from £26.99.
The NIDO hanging planter is another winner for flexible spaces and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use, whether you’re growing a spider plant or some tasty strawberries. Stainless steel hanger included. RRP £29.99.
You can locate and maintain your pots wherever you want, so if you’re growing herbs or vegetables, keep them handy for cooking by setting them up close to the back door or porch, where you can nip out and grab what you need. To keep your tasty plants even closer to hand, place a collection of pots on a windowsill or kitchen worktop, so they are within a reach for a quick snip.
If surface SPACE is at a premium, consider LECHUZA’s Green Wall Home Kit; an ingenious space-saving planter that instantly creates a wall-mounted eye-catching herb garden. The clever design means three iconic CUBE Color planters can be attached easily to a magnetic bar, so that you can get growing even the smallest of rooms.
For larger edibles, like tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables, the TRIO planter – complete with optional trellis and three removable planter liners – is a perfect pal for patios, balconies and green houses, and also provides a great way of dividing large spaces or creating privacy with green screening. The TRIO planter is available in two sizes, with prices starting from £149.99.
Easy to maintain
If your lack of horti know-how has prevented you from getting growing in the past, then container gardening is ideal to help you flex the green thumbs you never knew you had. Forget back-breaking weeding because pots don’t get as many weeds as flowerbeds – and even if you do get some, they are easy to pull up.
Equally, plants in pots are easy to water and even more so when you optimise LECHUZA’s self-watering irrigation system. Integrated into all of its planters, the clever irrigation system supplies plants with the perfect amount of water to suit their needs. LECHUZA’s pots provide auto watering for up to three months and the only thing you have to do is keep an eye on the water level indicator and top the reservoir up when needed.
Many models also come complete with LECHUZA’s own high- quality substrate with fertiliser, meaning you don’t have to worry about sourcing the right soil for your pot. LECHUZA PON substrate provides the optimal air/water ratio for plants, reducing their vulnerability to diseases and also offers balanced nutrient distribution. The best news – LECHUZA-PON can be used for years, without having to be replaced. We did promise to make gardening low maintenance for you!
No need for bulky gardening tools
With no need to till the soil, weed and do other garden chores typically associated with planting and maintaining beds, you don’t need to own and store all that big, heavy equipment, saving you money and space. However, if you were still on the lookout a clever storage solution to tidy away any small garden tools, look no further than the PILA Color range. The cool modular design allows you to create a plant tower with storage compartments underneath, bringing order to your green oasis. Available in six colours, from neutral shades of grey to trendy coral or pastel and petrol green tones, the PILA offers a variety of individual combinations that match any interior style. RRP from £17.99.
Make a style statement
A well-curated selection of elegant and striking pots in your home or garden can really elevate your décor scheme and creates a great focal (and often talking) point. It allows you the freedom to play with height and texture, whilst moving away from the traditional look of planted flowerbeds.
The elegant CILINDRO Color planters, featuring a sophisticated pinstriped look, are the perfect accessory for stylish indoor or outdoor settings. Supplied as a two-piece set, the minimalistic design of these self-watering planters includes many small details to make a big impact and bring an extra dash of design to daily life. Supplied in a matt white finish. Currently on promotion at £51.28.
If you have a love of high-end design and want a premium look to showcase a show-stopping plant or complement your stylish décor, then the HAVALO collection is for you. Winner of a Red Dot Design Award in 2020, this modern and chic indoor range is produced through a unique moulding process that ensures all planters are completely seamless, creating unique design accents in your home or office space.
Available in three colours – seashell nude, basalt grey and moon grey – in a stylish matt finish, the HAVALO range also offers three size options, with the biggest standing at 60 x 60 x 85cm meaning these sturdy yet beautiful planters won’t get lost if you site them in large-scale settings, like public foyers and museums, offices or stylish private lofts. Removable, neutral liners with retractable handles allow plants to easily be changed at any time, combining elegance and style with effortless handling. RRPs start from £244.99 for the HAVALO 30.
Perfect for kids
Container gardening is a fun and versatile approach to growing, so what a great way to introduce kids to gardening without overwhelming them. With LECHUZA self-watering planters helping guarantee greater success, there will be proud smiles all round.
LECHUZA brings decades of experience in state-of-the-art, precision manufacturing to bear on its stylish high-functionality range of planters. All LECHUZA products are designed in-house and manufactured in Dietenhofen, Germany, from high-quality, robust polypropylene, which is weatherproof and frostproof. All LECHUZA planters and furniture are DIN EN ISO certified (Energy Management System 50001 and Enviornmental Management System ISO 14001) and can be fully recycled.
LECHUZA planters come in a variety of colours and shapes and are highly reliable – both indoors and outdoors. The integrated soil irrigation system ensures that the plant receives the perfect amount of water for optimal growth. Thanks to a reservoir that always holds enough water and is controlled by a water level indicator, dried out or overwatered root bales are a thing of the past.
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Notes to editors
- LECHUZA planters are fully recyclable
- All LECHUZA planter liners are made from 100% recycled* material
- LECHUZA processes 990 tonnes of recycled* plastic each year
- LECHUZA reuses 100% of plastic waste in production
- As part of LECHUZA’s sustainability efforts, over 70% of the water used in production comes from cisterns.
- LECHUZA is a multi-award winning brand including the 2019 Design Award, Reddot Award winners 2018 and 2020 and German Design Award winner 2019.
* post-industrial material