|Dove color planter |
from Pure Modern
He says terracotta pots are dead and colorful planters are in, though most of his customers at his garden center, Ernst Meier Garden Center, tend to buy containers in dove and anthracite colors.
For indoors, Meier-Honegger's customers are more interested in the color and design of the planter than the plants within. Customers want style, something special in the planter in which any old plant will do.
And, dear to my heart, his savvy shoppers are buying insect hotels for beneficial insects, and, paying $2,000 for the luxury models. Concern for beneficial insects is a worldwide issue among thinking gardeners.
In the US, Frank Boendermaker reports that high-end, lightweight Capi Lux line of containers is selling well both here and in Europe. I saw them in an OKC nursery a couple of weeks ago.
The shapes and colors are sophisticated - black, grey, dove, white. They are all made of lightweight fiberglass, magnesium or a combination.
Again, terracotta is over.
Pastel colors are in.
Look for Capi planters in Costco this spring.
|Scheurich Wave Globe line|
Scheurich's Keith Turbett also says that muted colors are in. His selection includes beige, copper and silver colors with textured, matte and glossy surfaces will be popular.
Plastic containers continue to be the favorites because the designs and colors are improving from the days of black only or just green and black options. Plus, gardeners prefer their lightness - ease of transport home and movement around the patio.
So, the story from Europe is out with terracotta and in with plastic, fiberglass and magnesium.