How to Arrange Flower Boxes


Flower boxes add a decorative accent to the outdoor living space with unique designs. These portable planters also bring the garden right into the outdoor living space, creating a blend with the use of color and flower type to match gardens in the landscape. Creating a flower box requires analysis of the best type of plants for the planned location. Arrangements inside the box depend on the viewing angle of the container as well as the preference of the gardener. Learning how to arrange flower boxes involves applying a combination of landscape design principle and personal preferences of the gardener.

Step 1

Position the flower box in its permanent location. This will save you a sore back from moving a soil-filled planter but will also help with design choices based on actual surroundings.

Step 2

Check out the current flowers in nearby gardens. Decide whether you prefer to continue that color and design scheme or if you want to add something new. The beauty of flower box arrangement lies in the fact that the box serves as a tiny garden. This garden can be unique or can accent an existing landscape.

Step 3

Decide on a balanced or asymmetrical approach to the arrangement. Balanced means choosing a focal point and building outward equally using the exact same plants placed in a pattern. Asymmetrical flower box design focuses on grouping plants based on view or simply the preference of the gardener.

Step 4

Choose a focal point for the flower box. Focal points can include using identical colored flowers, a taller foliage plant like a spike or a vine trailing over the side of the flower box. Also decide on placement of the focal point. Flower boxes placed against a wall or railing may have taller, focal point plants placed at the back of the box. If the flower box will be viewed from many angles, place your focal point flower in the center and build outward with descending height plants.

Step 5

Vary heights of plants in the flower box to further develop the interest in the arrangement. Available space in a flower box doesn't only include the surface inside the box. Use the height above the planter as well as the sides of the box to increase depth and width.

Step 6

Add variable amounts of foliage to create a more relaxing affect in the flower box. Foliage works well trailing over the edge of a flower box to soften the harsh lines of the container.

Step 7

Create your design on paper to aid in purchasing plants at the garden center. Investigate the mature size of each plant as well as light and water requirements before making choices for your flower box.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower box
  • Paper
  • Pencil


  • Texas A&M University Extension
  • North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension
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About this Author

S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various sites, including Helium, eHow and Xomba. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.