If you have a small courtyard garden, want to add interest or perhaps screening to your deck, growing small trees in one of our perfect planters can make a real style statement. We have some of the largest planters around so even if you have a large, stately garden, take a look at our range for planters that can cope with pretty much anything.


Potting up a tree in a planter means you have the freedom to move the container should you find it’s not in the best spot. It also means you can pot up more tender tree varieties knowing you have the option to move them into the shed or greenhouse over the winter months.


Tender Loving Care

Trees in planters need a little extra TLC to keep them happy year after year. First off, make sure the soil you use is free draining and that you line the bottom of the container with a layer of thick plastic sheeting to aid moisture retention, or choose one of our planters like the Vendôme that comes with a pre-installed geo-textile inner liner. Follow up with an additional layer of small stones or gravel. The best planters (like ours!) will come with ready-made drainage holes and will have feet to offer some clearance between the surface and the planter, so look out for those too.


Fill your planter up with good quality peat-free soil and remember that trees in containers can dry out very quickly. Make sure you water the tree often, and thoroughly. Also make sure you add weekly liquid fertiliser to keep the tree happily fed. Although not likely to be too much of a problem in this country, it is possible for the roots of trees grown in planters to get very dry which can kill them. Should British temperatures suddenly reach Mediterranean proportions, it might be worth making sure you locate the planter in a sheltered area.


Which tree?

Trying to grow a mighty oak in a planter is not the best of ideas. Trees that are known for their smaller size on maturity make the best options. Most evergreens and Japanese Maples along with most fruit trees all make good trees for planter gardening. In fact, growing fruit trees in containers, means you can opt for the specially grown dwarf varieties – check back for our future blog post on growing fruit trees in planters.



If you choose a dwarf variety or a smaller tree, you will have years of enjoyment from your planter-grown tree. If however, you find that your tree is starting to outgrow its container, you have two options. Firstly, you could transplant the tree and let it grow into a new larger container, or even plant it in the garden where it can reach its natural potential. Secondly, you could opt for the more drastic root prune. This is a complex procedure that should only be attempted by the serious pro.


Growing trees in planters is a quick way to make a real style statement in your garden, just remember that potted trees will need a little more attention.