Elevated planting areas (also known as intensive planting) have been seen in the public and private realm for many years now and with the current environmental awareness, and the need for more green areas, raised planter edging is increasingly in demand. This is more often part of an overall scheme and included early in the planning stages, but also can be introduced on existing buildings as part of a scheme to increase the kerb appeal and ‘green credentials’.
Where planters are part of a more complex area and drainage is required into the sub-base, then the standard planter design is the perfect solution. However, what if there is a requirement to access services above/below ground where the planters are to be placed, or external events may require temporary relocation of planting? How can we have the planting moveable? This is where planter tubs would be used, but what’s the difference?
As the name implies, this is exactly what it is. Dictionary.com describes it as “a wide, open, deep, typically round container with a flat bottom used for holding liquids, growing plants, etc.” They can be designed to different shapes and sizes, and manufactured out of a variety of materials, which some are more suited for the domestic market where longevity, robustness and even fire regulations are not applicable. EG Fibreglass and timber are materials that can be used, however some can pose a fire risk in certain situations, and waterproofing and durability with timber can be a challenge. Galvanised mild steel or stainless steel are 2 materials that are easy to work with, durable and well suited to the external environment.
Due to the fact that these tubs are to be moved as a single item, there are certain dimensional restrictions. Please contact our Technical Team to discuss your requirements.
This would be by far the most popular style of achieving elevated planting areas due to the unlimited options available in terms of shape, size, and design. Individual parts are site assembled, and traditionally would be fixed down to concrete foundations to create the desired design. With the introduction of the Velox Rapid Edge system, concrete foundations are not now required, however the overall function of the elevated planting area remains the same, and that is of a open base where the water would drain away into the substrate below. Each project would have its own design details of what this sub-base build up would be.
To see the different types of raised planter edging and planter tubs, please select the links below