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Sustainable Design: Planters

Restaurant Planters

DeepStream designs and manufactures top quality planters and bins that are perfect to meet the needs of restaurants in delineating an exterior space to the same exacting standard as the interior.


It is critical, that with a quick glance by your potential customer, they receive a marketing message consistent with your commitment to a quality experience in dining and ambiance.


The importance of visual presentation to your customers' first impression of your establishment cannot be overstated.  Our Lifetime Structural Warranty and unique Core Replacement Program will help you maintain our products for decades, which is especially important in an urban environment where you cannot afford the time, money, disruption, mess, damage, and inconvenience required to replace carpenter-built wood planters again and again as they tear themselves apart in just a few years.


Wood Garden Planters are available as both stand-alone planters and money-saving multi-section planters in natural 3/4" thick tongue-and groove solid tropical wood and recycled plastic lumber, with and without DeepStream's exclusive Zephyr aluminum bands between the planks. DeepStream's proprietary aluminum leg extrusion allows the addition of trellises, glass windbreaks and other forms of screening.


When space is at a premium, standard DeepStream planters are available as narrow as 12" and 18" wide with a separate plastic liner insert with state-of-the-art drainage, inside an outer box façade to ensure maximum durability as the planting medium never touches the wood and the harshest sun does not bake the root ball which causes unsightly plantings.

DeepStream's wood planters are an investment in the appearance of your property, and also in sustainable design, so we sell our wood planters direct to customers, eliminating the distributor markup.  This allows us to use the best materials and American craftsmanship which, combined with our plastic liner-inside-a-planter-box design, means that our planters will last for generations providing the lowest cost of ownership over time while lowering the impact on the earth's resources.  Every planter sold by DeepStream generates 50 trees planted in return by the non-profit Trees For the Future.

DeepStream's proprietary aluminum leg extrusion allows the addition of glass windbreaks, using a proprietary gasket to suspend the locally sourced glass between shaped HDPE blocks, as seen here. Trellis and other screening are available.

A large patio dining area has been added to this restaurant using a combination of DeepStream wood planters featuring a glass windbreak topped by perimeter lighting, greatly enhancing the appeal of the space at night and on blustery days, and maximizing customers and income.

Glass windbreak panels slip securely into place using custom thermoplastic  rubber edge guards and HDPE inserts.

In the photos above you can see that threaded eye bolts have been added to the top of the HDPE blocks to hold a string of lights which capture the attention of potential customers at night and enhance the dining experience.


DeepStream manufactures valet stands and menu stations, as well as trash and recycling bins (shown below), that coordinate with your planters for a consistent look.

DeepStream OPUS and Oahu trash and recycling bins can be made from various materials and mounted with Smokers Outpost as shown.


Oahu bins have a side-opening door for easy access to the rugged 33 gallon plastic bin inside. The door can be mounted on either side and open to the front or back.


The push flap is solid 5086 Aluminum which can be quickly and easily refinished in place.  The plates swivel noiselessly on replaceable Teflon bushings. Hygienic copper push plates are also available.


All DeepStream bins are made with 100% replaceable parts available through our unique Core Replacement Program.  As with all of DeepStream products, at the end of its useful life all components are recyclable.

Bins can be made from a wide range of materials. The bin below is an Audubon single bin in natural slate.

The  Audubon 33 single bin below is crafted from one of the hundreds of material options available from ATI.

The cylindrical Nautique bin crafted from Stainless Steel and UV resistant HDPE Recycled plastic is impervious to weather.

The  Audubon single bin below is crafted from one of the hundreds of material options available from 3Form.

Bins can be made from various materials, the bin below is an Audubon single bin in natural slate.

The large Recycled Plastic Lumber Planters above support a Gate to meet Code Requirements while controlling access to a private club at a sports venue in New York City.  DeepStream Designs Planters are also available with Forkliftable Frames and Caster Bases. We also offer Caster Bases for Fiberglass Planters.

Recycled Plastic Lumber Planters are virtually maintenance-free and can be configured to meet your specific site requirements .

Ipe Brown Recycled Plastic Lumber Mariner Planters below, shown with matching Oahu 33 Double Recycling and Trash Bin

Cost-effective, lightweight square and rectangular stand-alone wood garden planters are available up to 72"

Natural tropical hardwood Garden Planters, pictured above and below, will turn light gray with age and last for decades protected by DeepStream Designs' proprietary legs and liner system.  While individual Planters allow the most flexibility in arrangement, Planters may be ordered joined by T-legs to limit access or have gates attached.

 Miami tropical cafe chic:  Mariner Zephyr by DeepStream Designs

Deepstream Designs large wooden garden planters at a sidewalk cafe

 750' of 21" high Multi-Section Recycled Plastic Lumber Garden Planters grace the upper pedestal deck of a NY highrise, converting a hot deck into a garden oasis in just 4 days.

This roof top test kitchen has it's own herb garden planted in a tropical hardwood multi-section Mariner Planter by DeepStream

Multi-section Large Wood Planters use DeepStream's proprietary trademark L and T legs for unlimited planter length

DeepStream Designs multi-section large wood planters on a roof deck

DeepStream Designs builds all of our planters to order, and we can build almost any size from 18” – 72” long and 12” – 72” wide.  We stock our standard legs in heights of: 21”, 31”, 42" and 74".  We also have a T-leg which we use to build multi-section planters when cost-effective longer length runs are needed.


We can build planters in a variety of materials, from solid tropical hardwoods (Jatoba, Lyptus, Ipe and Cumaru) to Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL - five colors) to stone laminates, copper and resin panels.


To gain an insight into pricing, the table below shows budget pricing* for eleven stock sizes of stand-alone planters (price includes liner and drain filter pack). We offer a 5% discount for 5-9 units, 10% discount for 10+ units.


Planters made with Recycled Plastic Lumber are typically less expensive and require almost no maintenance.


*BUDGET PRICES are subject to change without notice.


DeepStream Designs large square wood garden planter with liner

DeepStream Mariner large square wood Garden Planter

Click for printable planter price list

For further assistance, including a 32-point check list, volume pricing, and information call DeepStream at (305) 857-0466

DeepStream Mariner Planter price and size chart

DeepStream stocks 4 rot-resistant tropical hardwoods, Ipe, Cumuru, Jatoba, and plantation-grown Lyptus

DeepStream can work with any appropriate wood.

We urge you to consider making a strong environmental statement, while reducing your maintenance costs, by specifying one of our 5 stock colors of 100% Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL).


RPL is recycled HDPE (high-density polyethylene) from milk jugs and other polyethylene packaging that would normally be destined for landfills.


RPL uses no energy or materials to maintain and never needs to be painted or stained.  It will not rot, splinter or split.


Ultra-violet stabilizers are added to the lumber so colors will look as vibrant decades from now as they do today.  DeepStream's test planters are going on 10 years in the Miami sun and look like new.

5 stock colors of 100% Recycled Plastic Lumber

5 stock colors of Recycled Plastic Lumber: Ipe Brown, Tropical Hardwood, Aged Hardwood, Concrete Grey, Weathered Teak
DeepStream Designs large rectangualr Ipe Brown recycled plastic wood garden planters

All natural tropical hardwood will turn a light gray color and show stains and mold spots if not treated with a waterproofing and UV protector several times a year. This treatment will make all wood darker over time.


Given the time and expense necessary to keep natural hardwood looking good, and the damage done to the rain forests to harvest it, versus the "set and forget" ease of using recycled plastic lumber, you should give serious thought to which you will select for your project.

The contrast between faded natural hardwood, center, flanked by Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL) on the left and right below.

3 DeepStream Designs wood planters compare natural wood to recycled plastic lumber colors 5 DeepStream Designs rectangular wood planters at a sidewalk cafe restaurant

DeepStream Mariner large rectangular Lyptus wood Garden Planter

5 DeepStream Designs rectangular Jatoba wood planters in a building walkway

DeepStream Mariner large rectangular wood Garden Planter

DeepStream Mariner rectangular Lyptus wood Garden Planter

Deepstream Designs plastic planter liners

DeepStream Designs large Garden Planter Plastic Liners are rugged and economical

Modern Planters call for modern drainage solutions as drainage is critical to the health of plants grown in containers, and drainage is very difficult to remedy after the fact.  Generally more "tended" plants die from drowning than from lack of water. "Old School" drain holes on the bottom and "gravel" drainage medium simply do not work and will quickly clog.


DeepStream pioneered modern drainage practices with side-wall drains and 3-layer drain packs. DeepStream places from one to three 3/4" threaded drainage ports on its stock proprietary plastic planter liners, to which various plugs, hose barbs and valves may be attached.  Liners are non-structural and are meant to be placed inside planter boxes.


Depending on your plants, planting mixture, and local weather, you may need to add more drains.  Additional drain holes can be added as required by drilling additional holes in the side walls.  DeepStream-installed drains are centered about 2" above the bottom to allow the clay "fines" in planting mediums that are responsible for clogging to settle to the bottom.


Standard ABS liners and custom-welded liners come without drain holes, but they may be drilled as required.   Reservoir liners come with one drain port, and more cannot be added.

DeepStream Designs 3-layer drain pack with Biobarrier

If your planters will not be dug up and replanted every year then we strongly recommend adding Drain Filter Packs for each drain.  A three-part filter combines the waffled plastic backing of TREMdrain, three layers of filter fabric, and Biobarrier buttons to inhibit root growth.  They may not stop aggressive root systems like Bamboo and Clusia.


Filter packs, when used in conjunction with clean 1-2 mm inorganic drainage material to slow the flow of the water to the drain, could prevent clogged drains for a decade or more.

For further assistance, including a 32-point check list, volume pricing, and information call DeepStream at (305) 857-0466

Core Replacement Program:  DeepStream Designs will, in case of damage or an unacceptable degradation in finish, replace any metal component, plastic caps, plastic feet, lid retaining straps, bungee cord, and most other components of our products at manufacturer’s cost, plus shipping.  All components of our products are recyclable, so under this program, major components, such as aluminum legs and stainless steel lids must be returned to DeepStream for recycling.  Please call Sheila at 305-857-0466 to make arrangements for replacement parts.

Warranty:  The aluminum extrusions, stainless steel lids, and fasteners are guaranteed for the life of the structure against defects in manufacturing, materials and workmanship.  Our multi-section planter frames are guaranteed for life against structural defects.


The panels made from rigid materials or fabrics are the customer’s selection and retain the manufacturer’s warranty for those materials, which will vary by manufacturer. We will be happy to provide warranty information for products and components that we do not manufacture.


Aluminum extrusions and stainless steel fasteners have been used in the yachting industry for decades.  The etched marine anodized finish of the aluminum extrusions is a durable finish, created especially for coastal environments (Alumilite 215/A41 with surface preparation C22).  The 3/4" tropical hardwoods we select have been used in exterior applications such as docks, decks and boat construction for centuries. These woods have decades of life expectancy, although they can be affected by mold, mildew, dry rot and drying.


The primary failure for wooden planters is the joining of wood components to each other.  Wood has been used for centuries to split stone because of its tendency to expand when wet.  DeepStream has designed its products with heavy aluminum extrusions to join these components in such a way that allows the wood to expand and contract naturally to withstand the test of time.  We assemble these products using a proprietary bedding compound in the wood for screw holes to prevent rot, and proprietary dielectric paste for stainless steel fasteners to aluminum extrusions to avoid galvanic action that can cause them to seize over time.


Environmental conditions and maintenance, or lack thereof, will affect the life expectancy of the finish of our products, and as such, no warranty is given on the finish, but we do offer the Core Replacement Program to assist in keeping our planters, recyclers and structures looking fresh.