Sonoma Finial Planters
If you’re looking for exquisite form and function, Forever Redwood’s garden furniture will impress you for years to come. Our craftsman designed Sonoma Finial Planters showcase our impressive, rich design elements combined with strength that most outdoor furniture cannot compare with.
- Our decorative Sonoma Finial Planters will beautifully shelter your flowers, herbs, bushes or trees for a lifetime. Perfect for elevated gardens on rooftops or terraces!
- Handcrafted to any size you need. Choose your length, width and height. If you need a size in-between those offered, just enter the exact measurements in the Comment box.
- Choose from Square or Oval Finials in More Options.
- Built with extra thick 100% wood walls and framing for decades of longevity. Strong enough to support a seating ledge or to attach a bench to it.
- Ideal for organic vegetables or herb gardens. Just note in More Options below to leave the insides untreated – with no worries about decay or need for liners – it’s Redwood!
- No glue or nails used - only stainless steel hardware used in construction.
- Drainage holes pre-drilled. Ships finely sanded and sealed. Just add soil.
- Ship in 5 parts for quick and easy re-assembly.
Specifications has the following sections, any of which you may go to directly by clicking on it:
DIMENSIONS & DRAWINGS
The Sonoma Finial Planters are made with thick 3/4" walls supported by two inch thick frames. They ship finely finished in 5 parts to quickly re-assemble and begin your gardening.
Planters are measured externally and the internal planting space is 2 to 3 inches less in all directions. For example, because of wall thickness and framing, if you select a box size of 36” L x 18” W x 18” H, your internal soil area will be 34” L x 16” W x 16” H.
Forever Redwood planters ship ready to use. You do not need a liner or special sealants or drainage holes. Just re-assemble the 5 parts and add soil. If you require an exact internal space for any reason, order a box that is at least 2 inches longer in all directions (L x W x H) and in the comment box let us know the exact internal size you’d like. We’ll email a confirmation within 2 business days that your exact size request will be made.
You can choose to add a 5 1/2" wide sitting ledge to the top edge of the Sonoma Style planters. A sitting ledge allows you to sit on the planter as you work or just to create a convenient additional seating space for any reason. The seating ledge uses up nearly 2 1/2" inches on both the inside and the outside of the planter and is not available for planter that are less than 24" W wide because they lose too much of the opening at the top for planting. In the photo below, you can see a 96" L x 24" W x 24" H Sonoma Finial Planter with the seating ledge:
If you’d like to elevate your planter off the ground, you have many choices available. A popular option that is offered at no additional cost is to add a 1” H foot to the 4 corners of the box. This allows you to hose under the box and keep the area clean. If you order a box that is over 24” L, we always add hidden supports under the box to make sure your box never sags (see photo below):
If you’d like to elevate your box more than 1”, we can add a stand for you for a small additional charge. Stands are available in 6” increments to any size you need. NOTE: To maintain stability for a free standing box, it is best to keep your total box and stand height at or below double the box width. You can exceed double the width stably if you can support and attach the box and stand to a wall or other structure.
Below is a typical stable set up that is not attached to a wall (Box & Stand are 30” H combined and box is 18” W):
Napa Planter in Redwood 48” L x 18” W x 18” H with 12” H stand and 36” H trellis.
You can purchase super-strong casters to add mobility to your box. Casters are rated to handle 350 pounds each and they lock in place. An installed set of 4 Casters is $79. They are available under the See More Options button for all planter boxes at least 24” wide. Planters 96" and longer require a set of 6 casters to accommodate the extra weight. If you order your planter with casters, they will come attached to the planter.
Casters are 4 3/4" tall. But, we also add a 1 1/4" thick extra support base for them. So, the total height of the planter is increased by 6". When ordering casters, your box will be built with the "no stands or feet" option like in the photo above left. The casters are installed near the 4 corners.
Trim Option to Hide the Casters
We are often asked if we can partially hide the casters. We can add a 2 1/2" tall trim to cover approximately half the caster height. (Any more than that makes it difficult to lock and unlock the casters). If you choose to add casters to your planter, you can also choose to add this trim for a small extra charge at checkout.
A beautiful strong trellis is a great way to expand your gardening experience and add privacy. The trellis frames attach securely to the planter wall with stainless steel carriage bolts in 4 places. The trellis frame is 2" x 2" thick and the squares are made approximately 12" on center to allow plants plenty of room to grow. Although the trellis extends to just above ground level, trellis height is measured beginning from the top lip of the planter up. At checkout, you can choose heights between 2' to 5'. Trellis sets for planters over 96"L ship in 2 pieces. As always, if you don't see the size or trellis spacing you'd like, just call or email us and we'll custom size a trellis to fit your needs. If you already have a plante, we also offer the trellises as separate kits.
Growing Veggies? Over the years, some customers have expressed concern about the possibility of getting wood sealant into the soil where they plan to grow food. If you share this concern, let us know. Any planter can be ordered without interior sealant treatment. Just write us a note as you're checking out in the comment box and we will not use our oil-based sealant inside the box. We will seal the box on the outside only. The planter box will not decay for many years without an interior sealant despite the constant moisture because of the high quality wood we insist on using for all our products.
Redwood is so decay resistant that our planters do not need liners of any kind. Our planters are built with extra-thick high quality Redwood and fastened with stainless steel bolts and deck screws. There is nothing to decay, nothing to rust. Planter bottoms are elevated one inch off inside the walls for easy drainage. You can add soil directly into the planter box-no pots, interior liners or sealants are necessary. Drainage holes are 1/4-inch round and are scattered generously over the planter bottom. All planter sizes are overbuilt to prevent bulging or sagging.
We can custom build and ship Planter Boxes in any dimensions up to 14-Feet long anywhere in the U.S. In California we deliver planter boxes up to 20-Feet long. (If you live outside California and want a planter over 14-feet long, please contact us for a quote.) Most packages ship via FedEx Freight. See how easy it is to assemble our planter boxes!
All our furniture ships finely sanded to 220 grit for a smooth to the touch finish.
The most popular finish is our Transparent Premium Sealant. This sealant leaves your furniture looking natural and helps keep the beautiful wood surface colors from fading for several years. We use Sikkens brand finishes because they are the best finishes on the market. For more information about our finishes and how to keep your furniture looking great year after year, please go to: https://www.foreverredwood.com/redwood-furniture/care-finish/
Unfinished (fine sanding only):
If you are applying your own stain or want the surface color to fade to a "weathered look" in a few months. We do not recommend you leave your furniture unfinished outdoors for any extended period regardless of wood quality. Outdoor weather changes constantly and it is best to at least seal the wood to protect it from consistently absorbing and losing moisture.
Transparent Premium Sealant - Recommended for Outdoors:
Below are the 5 grades of wood we offer with the Transparent Premium Sealant applied. The color tones shown are close representations of the color your furniture will look like. There is no extra charge for the Transparent Premium Sealant:
(10 yr Warranty)
(10 yr Warranty)
(15 yr Warranty)
(20 yr Warranty)
Old Growth Redwood
(30 yr Warranty)
We also offer the Transparent Premium Sealant with the following stains. There is a small charge for adding these stains because it increases the total amount of coats to 4 with the sealant as the final coats:
Black Premium Stain
TIGER STRIPE EFFECT
Douglas-Fir when stained dark creates a "tiger stripe" effect as shown in this photo. It is beautiful and most customers love it. If you are looking for a dark consistent stain and do not want to see a “tiger stripe effect”, please go with any of the Redwood grades for a more consistent stain finish.
Off-White Oil-Based Primer:
If you are painting a light color. We apply two coats so that it is ready for one final coat.
Gray Oil-Based Primer:
If you are painting a darker color. We apply two coats so that it is ready for the final coat.
Custom Paint Finish (go to BenjaminMoore.com):
Have Forever Redwood paint your order any color you like. We prefer to use Benjamin Moore paints because they make excellent quality products and offer a huge selection of paints and colors to choose from.
Benjamin Moore: Black Stain, 2131-10
First select the type of paint you want: Benjaminmoore.com
Then click the colors tab and choose from the almost endless amount of colors offered.
Just select the Custom Paint finish option and in the Comment box enter the type of paint and the name and number of the color you would like. We will confirm your custom paint request within 24 hours of receiving your order and we will order the paint for you and apply per the specified directions. You only need to let us know the type of paint and the color name and number and we will do the rest.
Assembly Instructions for: Sonoma Finial Planters
All you need is a ratchet wrench and a hammer.
Our furniture is preassembled in our wood working shop to ensure reassembly is a snap. The Sonoma Finial Planters require only a ratchet wrench and a small hammer to tap in the bolts. They ship in less than 10 parts and take less than 20 minutes to re-assemble and begin enjoying them. All parts are clearly labeled and detailed step by step instructions are included. They can easily be re-assembled by one person. To download assembly instructions for any of our items, please go to: Assembly
Care: Your Forever Redwood Furniture will last for decades in year-round weather without maintenance.
Depending on the wood grade you choose, even with harsh year-round outdoor conditions, you can expect your furniture to last from ten to forty years without maintenance of any kind.
Being outside year round is rough on any woods finish. The surface absorbs UV rays, pollution, constant variations in moisture and temperature and it also oxidizes. This is why most wood just doesnt hold up and the surface color slowly changes towards a silver patina over the years. But, with Forever Redwood, you don't have to worry. The silver patina is surface deep only (less than 1/64") and is not indicative of decay. Your set will last decades and is not compromised in any way by the surface color change. For example, we keep our display items as is without refinishing to show off this natural aging (we like the patina!).
Although Forever Redwood is maintenance-free, we recommended you take a few minutes as needed to clean by either hosing down and/or brushing/dusting away accumulated debris (no soap or chemicals needed). If you'd like to keep your set looking its best for decades, please go to: Care and Finish
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