Containers are a fun, flexible and easy way to transform the look of your home. Whether you want to create a focal point or simply accent the exterior of your home, Stonegate offers an extensive collection of unique pottery from around the World.
When choosing a material, you need to determine your priorities. What is more important to you? Color, Weight, Look or Function. Ask yourself what you want to do with the pot in the winter? (see our Winter Care) If it is year-round interest, then a pot that can remain outdoors year round is best.
Styles & Materials
A traditional material, typically styled as an urn, this very durable material has developed into more modern lines recently. Cast Iron can be left out in New England winters but will require some maintenance over the years to preserve its finish.
If you want durable, weather resistant pieces to compliment your interior or exterior spaces, cement planters are unbeatable. We offer a wide range of styles and come priced affordably in your custom color.
EARTHENWARE & TERRACOTTA
These large pots are handmade, sometimes stained in a glaze, and prized for their form and unique production methods which are becoming quite rare. The type of clay not only gives them their color but also a hardiness to our frost.
Typically, a clay-based pot from Vietnam, Malaysia or Europe. The clay we carry is frost tolerant and when planted properly does well throughout the winter. We have a variety of colors in stock to coordinate with your home.
These pots are attractive because of their versatility and clean lines. Several lightweight materials are available including, fiberglass, resin, and polyethylene planters.
Granite is a New England treasure and local artisans have created rustic planters, bubblers and bird baths through hand chiseled methods. Each piece is one of a kind and a natural piece of our New England landscape.
Some of these range from small cachepots (without drainage holes) to large floor pots. Some have easy self-watering systems that allow you to leave planters unattended for weeks. Customers can find their favorite finish, shape or style from our broad selection.
Ideally, pottery should be stored indoors and away from the elements in the winter. However, if pottery must be left outside, it is advised to store empty containers upside down on slats of wood to keep them from freezing to the ground. If the containers are planted, simply place slats of wood beneath the container to allow for proper drainage and air flow.
Not seeing what you had in mind? We have an extensive library of container catalogs from all over World to choose from. We have built strong relationships with our vendors, therefore we are able to place special orders weekly throughout the season with very quick turnaround times.
Bring a photograph of your pots and their measurements and one of our designers will help you shop! By the time you leave Stonegate, you will have everything needed to create beautiful container plantings at home.
Simply drop off your pots (or liners can be provided) and fill out a quick information sheet. We will phone you when they are completed and ready for pick up or delivery.
At Your Home Service
Stonegate’s Concierge service makes house calls! Call us to set up an appointment and our team will work with you to create a custom design for your container gardens that is cohesive with the look of your property.
Your planters are an investment in the appearance of your home. Maintaining the watering is crucial to the plant’s success. The amount of water depends on the plant and container size, ask our staff for guidance.We urge you to adjust your watering schedule by season and always follow our Rule of Thumb: Much like testing a cake…push your thumb into the soil and if it emerges with wet dirt -no water is needed, dry dirt- water soon, and clean- water immediately.
Spring & Fall
Cool and wet weather allows for very minimal watering. Containers subject to the elements may only need water 2-3 times per week.
The heat dries out planters, therefore they may need a thorough watering every day -preferably in the morning before they are exposed to the sun.
Many clients prefer container plantings with live shrubs. These planters will need to be well watered before they freeze and again, each time they begin to thaw out. If the plant is an evergreen please talk to us about wilt-pruf ™ guidelines.
Consider these factors if your plants are not looking good: drainage, proper soil, overwatering, not enough or too much sun. Monthly fertilization of your plants can do wonders.
Cast Iron Planters
All cast iron pieces will rust over time. This is part of the inherent beauty of iron containers. If you wish to retain the finish as purchased, you should use a clear sealant from your hardware store to preserve the finish.
Cast Stone Planters
Proper maintenance is strongly recommended to protect cast stone planters from the freeze-thaw cycles that occur in winter. Any piece which can hold water, snow or ice and any planter which is directly touching the ground surface can be damaged by the winter freeze-thaw cycles.To minimize this damage, cast stone should be raised off the ground, especially if a planter is to remain planted over the winter. This can be accomplished by either placing “pot risers/feet” or two strips of wood underneath the planters. Maintaining optimal drainage is the goal. Placing drainage material such as small stones, terra cotta chips or “Better-Than-Rocks” at the bottom of the planter before filling with soil will ensure proper drainage. If a planter is not to remain planted over the winter, we suggest that it be stored in a covered area where it will be protected from the elements. If a planter must be left outside unplanted, we suggest that it be emptied and turned upside down onto wood strips
Glazed, Terra cotta and Earthenware
Glazed, terracotta, and earthenware are always slightly porous. Any water present in the pot walls will freeze and expand. Due to this expansion, any porous (non-elastic) material is at risk of cracking if left outside unprotected in the winter.
Polyethylene planters can be left outdoors in winter. However, we recommend that they are raised off the ground surface to ensure proper drainage.
While they are considered frost-resistant, these lightweight containers should be brought in during the winter and stored in a frost-free area.