Modern Fiberglass Planters offer a variety of modern designs and are a cost effective medium term solution for Garden Planters.
As a national distributor of Tournesol Siteworks products for the past 15 years we have had a very good experience with their entire modern fiberglass garden planter line. Tournesol has an extensive product line of very high-quality commercial planters that have been used by Landscape Architects and commercial landscapers for more than 30 years and back their FRP Fiberglass Planters with a 3 year warranty.
DeepStream’s own wood and recycled plastic lumber planters are created using the principles of sustainable design which give excellent value for money, and with a Lifetime-Structural-Warranty, reduce the overall effort and time that goes into bringing vibrant gardens to barren urban spaces in need of their beneficial cooling and air quality enhancing properties.
However if you need more options in terms of form and style, three of the best alternatives to wooden garden planters are fiberglass planters (fiberglass reinforced plastic FRP), glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), and Aluminum. However, products manufactured with these materials run the scale from virtually worthless to the quality that Landscape Architects specify for signature projects.
There are a lot of considerations that go into choosing the right planter for a particular location including: form, root ball heating, and drainage, as well as the inherent limitations of materials and construction methods. You will find a detailed discussion of the issues with a lot of supporting pictures in my earlier blog entry, Garden Planter Selection, so I’ll not repeat them here.
Fiberglass is an excellent lightweight material with which to create interesting modern planter forms. Fiberglass planters that have the outer gelcoat infused with metal, which oxidizes over time, have long been a favorite of mine for their understated elegance. You will find a myriad of forms and sizes available on the DeepStream website, and while there are four metal finishes, my favorites are the copper and bronze.
The Fiberglass planters we distribute are manufactured by Tournesol with expensive polyester-based fiberglass like we use in yacht construction, where the hull has constant exposure to water. This Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic, FRP, is fiberglass sprayed into molds that have been prepared with gel-coat.
Fiberglass is a lightweight, strong material made up of layers of polyester resin alternated with woven fiberglass mat. The strength and durability of fiberglass depend upon the number of layers of resin and mat, and the weight of the mat. Because these planters are designed to withstand being outdoors, Tournesol typically uses the heaviest mat available and applies at least one layer more than most other fiberglass manufacturers. To ensure the longevity of the planters, they are waterproofed with an additional layer of black gelcoat resin inside.
Here are large rectangular commercial grade moveable Modern Fiberglass Planters provided by DeepStream Designs to the restaurant operator at New York City Rockefeller Center. They rest on caster bases so that they may be rearranged to meet the operators changing needs and so that they may be rolled away to storage to change the area back into the famous skating rink for the winter.