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Sustainable Design: Planters

Wood Garden Planters

DeepStream designs and manufactures its wood planters to meet the demanding requirements of Landscape Architects, hotels, condominiums, public buildings, businesses, and urban dwellers who can not afford the time, money, disruption, mess, damage, and inconvenience required to replace carpenter-built wood planters again and again.


Wood Garden Planters are available both as stand alone planters or money saving multi-section planters in both 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 planters use a separate plastic liner, with state-of-the-art drainage, inside an outer box façade to ensure maximum durability as the planting medium never touches the wood.

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

Deepstream Designs large wooden garden planters at a sidewalk cafe

DeepStream Mariner large rectangular Jatoba wood Garden Planter

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'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 Designs builds all of our planters to order, and we can build almost any size from 18” – 72” long and 12” – 60” wide.  We stock two standard leg heights: 21” and 31”.  We also have a T-leg which we use to build multi-section planters when larger sizes are needed.  We have done projects which require taller legs, including 42” and 60”, but those are custom orders with a   longer lead time.


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.


The table below shows budget pricing* for our eleven stock sizes (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 custom 5-sided Ipe wood Planter

DeepStream Mariner rectangular Lyptus wood Garden Planter

DeepStream Designs 3 large rectangular wood garden planters on a roof deck

DeepStream Mariner large rectangular Ipe 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.