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10 Fall Plants & Flowers That Will Spice Up Your Window Boxes

With summer over and fall gaining momentum, many of us are gravitating towards the rich, warm tones of autumn in our home and garden décor.  If you’re wondering which fall flowers and plants to add to your fall window box arrangements, here are a few suggestions that will add color and character to your fall […]

How to Keep Plants Watered While on Summer Vacation

Ready for summer vacation? While you’re getting packed and ready, don’t forget to make a plan for plant care while you’re away! Especially in the hot summer months, when plants (and especially plants in containers) need more water to keep hydrated, is it important to water them regularly. But exactly how do you do this […]

The Best Cascading Flowers for Window Boxes

When it comes to window box planting, there is a rule of thumb that many are aware of; it’s known as the “thriller, filler, and spiller” rule, which gives the window box a balanced, beautiful design. Cascading flowers for window boxes, the “spillers” of the triune, are called such because they “spill out” of the […]

How to Keep Hanging Baskets from Drying Out

“Why do my hanging baskets die?” This is a common question, and yet the answer in most cases is surprisingly simple: they are not getting enough, or a consistent amount of, water. Because the plants and flowers that are planted in hanging baskets have little room to grow, and the small amount of soil included […]

How to Prep Your House for Airbnb Guests

New to Airbnb hosting? We’ll help you prepare your home for Airbnb with this list of tips on how to make your property a haven that your guests will remember. Some of the items on these lists are “must-haves,” while others fall under the “it would be nice to offer.” But one thing is for […]

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What to Plant in Window Boxes in Full Sun

Choosing the perfect collection of plants for your window boxes can be an overwhelming decision, one made even more complicated when that window box is in a full sun location. Planting window boxes that will really pop means choosing plants that can…

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Best Plants for Shade Window Boxes

When most people think of shade loving plants, what comes to mind are boring foliage bearers and a limited selection of tired, worn out, overused flowers. This is only the beginning of what you can put in a window box, though! Shade window boxes can be amazing, intriguing and…

Hard-to-Kill Plants for Your Fiberglass Flower Boxes

As a self-proclaimed “brown thumb gardener” (somewhere between green and black), I am always looking for low-maintenance gardening tips and tricks to make my greenery look—and stay looking—great with little care. That is why I’ve compiled this list of plants and flowers that are as hardy as they are pretty, and perfect for fiberglass flower boxes.

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Self-Watering Reservoirs: Best Kept Secret in Container Gardening

Are you searching for a simple solution for keeping your plants healthy? By using self-watering planters, you do not have to worry about regular watering. You simply fill the self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and your plants take care of the rest – remaining hydrated weeks at a time, depending on weather conditions.

Thanks to this easy-to-use container irrigation setup, you no longer need a green thumb to maintain your plant life. Read on to learn how to make DIY self-watering planters for residential or commercial use.

What is a Self-Watering Reservoir?

As the name implies, self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and planters allow your plants to absorb water as needed. They are essentially plastic containers with a tube extending from the top.

You can find them in a wide selection of sizes and shapes, to accommodate any planter. This includes our 36x8x3-inch rectangular self-watering reservoir, which fits rectangular planters. For a large square planter, we have a 24x24x3-inch reservoir – along with dozens of other options, including custom reservoirs to fit your planter.

In this educational container gardening video, Claire covers how to make any window box planter self-watering in just minutes. Click to watch or shop planter box reservoirs online.

How Do You Use Self-Watering Planters?

Self-watering planters are incredibly easy to use. They also ensure that your plants do not receive too much or too little water. You just need to choose the right size. Plants will wick moisture from the surrounding 9 inches of soil, depending on the plan and planter size. So, your reservoir should be no more than 18-inches shorter than the length of your planter, again proportional relative to size.

There are just 3 steps to using your reservoir to keep your plants hydrated:

Step 1 – Arranging Your Reservoir

First, you place a thin layer of gravel along the bottom of your planter. This will help provide drainage in the event that you add too much water. Top off the gravel with an inch or two of soil. You then set your reservoir on top of the gravel and soil layers. The included fill tube 

Step 1: Place Reservoir in Any Window Box Planter

Step 2 – Adding Soil and Plants

With your reservoir in place, you can begin adding soil. As you add soil, tamp it down, while avoiding packing too firmly. Make sure that you allow the reservoir tube to extend from the surface of your soil.

Once you add soil, you can add plants as usual. You can hide the tube, but you should ensure that you can still easily pour water into it.

Step 2: After placing the planter reservoir in your container, add soil and plants.

Step 3 – Fill Your Reservoir with Water

The final step is to fill your reservoir with water. Pour water until you can see water in the tube. Through capillary action, your plants will absorb as much water as they need. You no longer have to deal with over or under-watering.

Generally, a full reservoir should keep your plants hydrated for up to 2 weeks. This makes PlanterWell reservoirs great for residential and commercial use. Conserve water and keep plants hydrated as needed while reducing maintenance time and increasing curb appeal with beautiful containers.

Step 3: After adding soil and plants, fill reservoir with water using the PVC fill tube. There is no way to over water!

You should be able to tell when the reservoir is empty by looking through the watering tube. Shining a light down the tube could help with this process. Much like you check the oil levels of your vehicle you can also use a dowel to measure water levels. You should refill your reservoir in the mornings before the plants begin to receive their sunlight for the day for best results.

Simplify Your Plant Care with Water Reservoirs

Caring for plants is not always easy. You may forget to water them regularly or you may not have the time to keep your plants watered. For this reason, many turn to the best-kept secret in container gardening – self-watering reservoirs.

If you want to simplify the way you care for your plants, then consider using self-watering planters. You can start with a self-watering reservoir DIY project or purchase any of our durable pre-made reservoirs.

You can easily add a self-watering system to any of your existing residential or commercial planters. Browse our selection of planter reservoirs to create your own self-watering garden.

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16in. Cottage Weave CUBE Self-Watering Planter

Party on the Patio with Planters

Summer is on its way and this means it is almost time to start planning outdoor cookouts, graduation parties, summer weddings, and other fun outdoor events. As you plan your party on the patio, learn how to select and arrange planters that will complement the theme of your party. Choose the perfect plant arrangement for a outdoor wedding or family barbeque. Also learn about the benefits of using self-watering planters to keep your flowers and plants looking vibrant and fresh throughout the summer. Get ready to party on the patio with planters.

Chelsea Basket w/ Outdoor Planter Stand

Picking Flowers to Complement Your Theme

Plan the perfect patio party by selecting flowers that will complement the theme of your party. Your first step is to choose flowers based on color and appearance. Think about the theme of your party. Are you planning an outdoor wedding reception? Ivory or purple roses are always a good choice. Roses also come in a wide variety of colors that you can choose from to match the colors used in the wedding. Planning a Fourth of July party? Consider getting red petunias or roses and combining with white lilies and blue hydrangeas. When choosing flowers, start by thinking about the colors and themes being used for your party. Then shop your local greenery for matching flowers and plants.

Choosing the Right Flower Planters

Pick flower boxes or outdoor planters that will best showcase the appeal of your flowers and plants. Think about the flowers you are using and the theme of your party. Fiberglass and resin planters can provide a traditional look, that is great for weddings or formal events. Metal and iron garden planters could also work well for a formal event and include a variety of modern designs that can act as a conversation starter.

Devondale Round Outdoor Planters

If you are worried about the constant care required to keep your flowers healthy, then think about using self-watering planters. Our cottage-weave mocha self-watering planters have a natural wicker look to match your patio furniture. If you are limited in space, a self-watering window box lets you bring flowers to eye-level and off the ground. Self-watering planters and window boxes let you focus on the party instead of caring for your plants.

Cottage Weave Cube Self-Watering Outdoor Planter

Arranging Your Outdoor Planters for Patios

Now that you have chosen which flowers and outdoor planters you intend to use to decorate for your party, it is time to consider how to arrange your planters. Your outdoor planters can be used to accent areas along your patio. Use a pair of Promenade tall patio planters to create an entry point for guests. Arrange smaller planters near a buffet table to draw people’s attention towards the food. Carefully consider where you want to place your planters and use them to highlight specific features or locations around your patio or yard. Your guests will naturally be drawn to the bright, vibrant colors of the flowers that you use.

White Promenade Tall Patio Outdoor Planter

Choosing the right plants and flower arrangements to go along with your patio party is not difficult. Think about the theme of your party and pick plant life accordingly. Browse our selection of self-watering planters and other outdoor planters for patios to keep your plant healthy all season long.