Smith & Jennings - Welsh Handmade Garden Pottery
Expertly made in The Rhondda by potter Simon Smith. Frost proof, glazed classic planters.
Woodlodge - National Trust Collection
The National Trust has been dedicated to protecting our countryside and heritage since 1895 and these products have been carefully created by Woodlodge Products to meet the Trust’s ethical and environmental standards.
The inspiration for these ranges were drawn from many of the Trust’s properties and carefully selected words based on their founder, Octavia Hill’s belief that everyone needs beautiful views and green spaces to be inspired, feel nourished and to grow.
These hand finished British designed classic garden planters are crafted by skilled potters to bring style, beauty and craftsmanship to any patio or garden setting. A special blend of locally sourced sustainable clay is prepared by experienced craftsmen to produce a wide variety of shapes and finishes.
After firing at a temperature of over 1150ºC this range of pottery becomes strong enough to withstand hard winter months.
Fibreclay pot planters are extremely popular as they offer an authentic faux lead finish that weathers sympathetically. As the garden containers are produced from the waste product of paper mills, Fibreclay planters are also very environmentally friendly. It is estimated that Fibreclay planters only require 10% of the energy in manufacture as ceramic equivalents. The designs are available in boxes, troughs and cylinders.
Are your terracotta pots frost proof?
Should you leave the pot outside and risk the pot cracking or should we bring pots in and not enjoy some winter or early spring colour? Well, a pot basically becomes frost proof by being water resistant. As we all know, water, when frozen becomes ice and expands considerably when doing so.
If water is able to penetrate into the pore spaces of the terracotta then inevitably the ice, when it expands, will blow out these pore spaces and ruin the integrity of the fired clay. Pots which are glazed, and therefore water resistant, are stronger.
When watering a plant from the top the water passes into the soil or compost and when the soil pore spaces are full the water falls with the aid of gravity to the bottom. If there was not a drainage hole in the base then the pot would fill up and literally drown the roots. Also adding ‘crocks’ – old broken pieces of pot, small stones or gravel into the bottom of a pot, covering the hole, aids drainage.
Another good tip: lift pots off the ground to allow air to circulate. This also acts to disconnect the pot from the floor eliminating any possible water penetration emanating from the soil or hard standing.
Now you should be able to leave your pots out in the coldest of weathers providing the plant(s) themselves can stand it - but that's another matter.