It is not uncommon to think about adding your pots at the end of the project, but I encourage planning when it comes to this item. The two primary goals of planning for your pots are; “get the water in automatically”, and “get the water out automatically”. To get the water in I recommend drip irrigation coming up through the drain hole in the bottom of the pot. It is also a good idea to consider a dedicated station on your irrigation clock as planters tend to need more water than plants in the ground.
Getting the water out automatically can take some planning, but is well worth. As you see in the photo above, this installation did not plan how to drain this planter pot. Sadly this photo is from the new Transit Center at 30th and Pearl in Boulder. The project is still under construction, and you can see they already have a problem on their hands. This type of staining also can cause a slip hazard, which may leave a property owner liable if someone slips and falls.
So please continue to consider planter pots in your garden design, but don’t forget to plan ahead.
-Jim Haswell, Senior Landscape Designer