Adding Color To An Outdoor Space – Lattice & Planters

Creating a beautiful outdoor space is important for homeowners and business owners alike. A striking outdoor space can make your home or business more inviting, boost curb appeal and boost a property’s value.

Aside from adding larger scale structures like fencing and pergolas you can add immense value by just adding a splash of color. A great way to get that color in a lovely and manageable way is with a planter or lattice panel.

Planters and lattice panels give flowers and other plants a contained space to grow and add character. These outdoor tools also make flowers easier to manage and move.

Climbing Plants on Lattice Panels

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The charming Rosewood Classic Lattice Panel.

 

If you are short on horizontal space go vertical! Dress up an empty exterior wall with a simple lattice panel and let those climbing plants climb! All you have to do is install and start growing – many climbing plants will climb on their own and require only a little trimming as they grow.

Lattice is also a great thing to consider when creating any kind of partition. If privacy isn’t a huge factor skip the fence and add a larger scale lattice panel or lattice fence. This structural change will allow you some creativity – instead of having a plain fence you can have large space for a variety of lush climbing plants.

 

Container Gardens in Planters

Privacy with charm and imagination are shown here by the smart combination of stepped crisscross lattice panels fronted by Walpole Rockport planters.

Privacy with charm is shown here by the smart combination of stepped crisscross lattice panels fronted by planters.

If maneuverability is a big concern for you then a planter is a great choice in adding some color and life to your space. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, planters are an easy all-weather way to add charm to an entryway, porch, or outdoor gathering space.

Planters can look great pretty much anywhere – even indoors! Purchasing a versatile and durable planter is ideal so you won’t have to worry about unsightly chips and splitting. Walpole planters are made from AZEK wood alternative, a material that is virtually maintenance free and won’t warp or rot like wood. These planters can weather just about anything and can be used all year long to add some color.

 

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Walpole Planters in Action – Photos

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Spring Planter Ideas

Sick of the winter yet? Luckily spring is right around the corner.

Start your celebration of the season off with some lovely and inspiring container gardens and arrangements around the exterior of your home. All you need to spruce up your yard in the transitional period is a quality planter and a little creativity – and maybe a green thumb.

Sunny Yellows

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Daffodils are a classic spring flower.

A great idea when creating a container garden is to choose a theme or color and really go for it. Coming from the dreariness of winter a bold bright garden is perfect for elevating your home’s exterior and lifting spirits. Plant a number of beautiful yellow flowers, with seasonal greens, in your best planter (maybe your Rectangular Rockport Planter) and put it at your entryway or another location that gets a lot of visibility. Daffodils are perfect for this kind of arrangement because they thrive in early spring and are vibrant in color. You can also choose pansies and crocus, both early spring favorites that bloom in bold yellows.

 

Pretty Pinks

A lovely array of pink flowers grows in this Paneled Planter.

A lovely array of pink flowers grows in this Paneled Planter.

What color comes to mind when you think of spring flowers? Chances are it’s pink. A great way to welcome the season is with an arrangement of varying shades of pink. This monochromatic look is chic and anything but boring.

With the color as the theme you can go crazy with what kinds of flowers you choose trying out different shapes and textures. The only thing you need to consider is the needs of each kind of plant you choose – making sure they are all similar will enable you to keep the arrangement healthy and bold all season long.

 

Lush Textures

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A great planter garden uses texture and shape to create a lush space.

Another idea for getting that perfect container garden is to really go in on the varieties of plants you are using. One way to achieve a truly lush arrangement is to go with plants that have varying, but complimentary, shapes and textures. Dianthus is a great choice for this kind of arrangement because it looks great planted in close clumps. Another wise choice are snapdragons for their bold colors and unique shape and the always versatile ivy for some delicate hanging pieces. This kind of arrangement would look lovely in a more shapely planter like the Tapered Planter or in a window box.

Shop the full line of planters and window boxes on the Walpole Outdoors website and share your spring gardens with us on Facebook or Instagram!

 

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Planters In Commercial Spaces

Crafting an outdoor space is as much style as it is function. Stylish planters can serve as beautiful accents to other structures or become structures of their own – becoming barriers when placed together on a perimeter or as support when used to construct a self-anchoring pergola.

Rockport Planters utilized as a barrier.

Rockport Planters utilized as a barrier.

Fencing and railings are beautiful ways to create a perimeter but sometimes a space just calls for a little more. Here you can see our stylish Rectangular Rockport Planters used as an outer border to a series of tennis courts.

This space already has fencing where height is needed but the area alongside the court needed a little something different. The planters are durable and useful in every season as well as a great way to add some life and color to an otherwise open space.

 

Planters act as support for this anchored-pergola.

Planters act as support for this anchored-pergola.

Larger planter styles can also function

wonderfully as living privacy screens or as bases for anchored-pergolas on rooftops. These planters serve as the base for the lattice beam that supports this roof-top pergola – a clever and safe way to construct a structure in an un-traditional location.

Need something that will fit in to existing decor style? Walpole will handcraft custom planters in any style and to the dimensions that meet your specific needs.

These are crafted in AZEK™, a low maintenance material that looks just like natural wood, yet won’t rot, crack, or split, and will hold its pristine appearance for years. AZEK planters do not require liners.

We will also pre-paint your planters in your choice of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors, which come with a 25-year warranty.

Planters are also great for their traditional use – beautiful accents to outdoor and indoor areas. Planter gardens add a little splash of life to wherever they are placed and can be moved and changed depending on the season. All planter boxes have pre-drilled drainage holes. For interior use or easy seasonal changes we offer copper and plastic liners for our Small Square Planter, Small Rectangular Planter, and Large Rectangular Planter.

 

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Project Spotlight: Public School Pergola

These public school pergolas are great for students and teachers alike.

These public school pergolas are great for students and teachers alike.

Parents, teachers, and administrators alike are delighted that arriving pupils can stay comfortable even on rainy mornings under the solid roof covering of an impressive expanse of pergola. Substantial supporting columns atop stone bases add to the pleasing architectural design.

On the other side of the building high-schoolers can chill in an outdoor area not far from classrooms and the demands of a rigorous curriculum. This inviting seating area is defined by an extra-long custom pergola. A smart feature is the pergola’s solid roof, providing shelter no matter the weather.

For generations, Walpole has worked with builders, developers, and architects to create custom outdoor structures to exacting specifications and style demands. Today, our custom pergolas are handcrafted in low maintenance, long-wearing cellular PVC.

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Underneath the pergola.

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The expansive pergola on the front portion of the building.

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Pergola covering a seating area.

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This pergola provides shade for students when they are enjoying the outdoor seating area.

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Planning Your Outdoor Space

The ground might be frozen solid and snow may still be in the forecast but you can still get started planning your warm weather outdoor space. Before even breaking ground getting an idea of what you want out of an outdoor space is crucial. Do you need seating? Do you do a lot of cooking? Do you have a pool?

Define The Space

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Whether rinsing off from a day at the beach or from tending your garden, there’s nothing more refreshing than a summertime outdoor shower.

If you are someone who loves to entertain then you probably want ample space for guests and plenty of seating. Outdoor furniture and a defined seating area are important aspects of the space for this use.

If you have a pool you might want something shaded to keep cool and perhaps an outdoor shower to minimize walks through the house. Think about the space and what kind of use it gets the most.

If you cook you might want to create a shaded pergola space with an outdoor kitchen!

Measure And Plan The Main Structure

A picturesque pergola.

A picturesque pergola.

A great place to start planning is by measuring and deciding on the focal point first. Think about what you need and map it out.

If you add a pergola how much space can you accommodate? What style suits your home? Planning the largest aspect of the space first will give you a more realistic idea of how much your space can handle.

 

Talk To A Professional

This sag harbor setup is perfect for endless summer relaxation.

This sag harbor setup is perfect for endless summer relaxation.

If you don’t know exactly what your options are you can always consult a professional.

The professionals at Walpole Outdoors are happy to work with you to determine what your space needs and what would best suit your personal style.

Professionals can also tell you more on construction, materials and durability to make your decision sound. Schedule a Free Design Consultation to start talking with an expert now!

 

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Photo Gallery – Kit Pergolas

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Outdoor Solutions: Kit Pergolas

Adding a place of interest or an outdoor focal point can be invaluable for any business, store, government building, country club, restaurant, school or sports and leisure center. Creating a space for people to relax, eat or otherwise just enjoy the outdoors is key in creating a relaxing and stress-free environment. Creating that space can also be stress-free as well with the simple and beautiful Walpole priced pergola kits.

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A kit pergola could be just what your backyard needs.

If you don’t want to spend the money or time building a custom structure our selection of priced pergola kits is the perfect solution for you. Each pergola is crafted in finely sources materials including natural western red cedar and the low-maintenance wood alternative AZEK. Available in a variety of styles priced kit pergolas can add unmeasurable value and interest to an outdoor space of any kind and last for years and years to come with little to no maintenance required. Contractors can offer them to their clients, buy them from Walpole and install them with ease.

Why a priced kit pergola from Walpole Outdoors?

 

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Completely Pre-Manufactured: No fabrication in the field is required. Components arrive pre-fabricated and factory finished. Structurally reinforced seamless beams are pre-drilled.

Easy To Install: Unskilled workers find it easy from start to finish. Assembly components include uncomplicated brackets and fasteners. These are powder-coated stainless steel. See how simple the installation will be. Call and we’ll send you the installation instructions.

More Size and Style Options: Freestanding or attached, from 10′ x 10′ to 14′ x 14′, with straight or arched tops, rounded or square columns. Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 24″ beyond the center of the columns. Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.

Versatile: Can be quickly erected anywhere – hardscaping (bluestone, pavers) or on a deck. All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.

Completely Factory Finished: Sherwin-Williams® VinylSafe paint with a 25-year warranty so you can get the perfect color to match your outdoor space.

Smart Delivery: Arrives in wrapped pallets with easy-to-follow detailed instructions for even a novice installer. Motorized or manual shade canopies optional.

 

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Lovely Lantern – Photo Gallery

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3 Hearty Houseplants To Liven Up Your Space

There is nothing quite as invigorating as being surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. But how can you create that same feeling inside your home?

Not all plants are ideal for inside the home. Many plants and flowers require a great deal of sunlight which can be difficult indoors even next to a window. Luckily not all plants require so much sun. Here are a few that make great indoor plants…

Philodendron

Create an indoor oasis that will thrive!

Create an indoor oasis that will thrive!

This hearty green is a very popular houseplant for good reason. This vine thrives in low-light meaning it will grow pretty much whatever room it lives in.

You can plant philodendron in a pot or get creative and have the vines grow on indoor structures – like an indoor lattice panel – or add it to a hanging basket! This is a hearty plant that really allows you to get creative without killing it.

 

Spider Plant

Spider Plant (left) is a great plant for inside the home.

You don’t even need to see a photo of this one to imagine how it looks. Spider plants are another super common houseplant that can grow almost anywhere and chances are, you’ve seen one before.

This plant grows long thin leaves in green and yellow with runners on the ends that grow smaller plants. These look especially great in containers like decorative pots and fun hanging planters.

 

Palms

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Palms make great plants for any room.

There a a myriad of palm varieties and many of them make great houseplants. A palm is a great plant if you are looking for something with a little drama.

These plants can grow up to four feet tall but there are shorter varieties if that suits your style more.

Taking care of them is a breeze – they only require water when the soil feels dry and need very little light to thrive.

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