How to Design an Outdoor Flower Container


Flower containers are the perfect way to spruce up your garden, front porch, or backyard patio. They can be created using items found around your home, like an old metal bathtub or a birdbath top. Finding items with a variety of color and texture will provide a colorful addition to your garden. Use perennial plants mixed with annual flowers to create vibrant containers. Mix in bright green herbs like thyme and oregano to contrast with the color found in flowers. Add vines around your containers to accent the space and create stunning containers to nestle among your outdoor landscape.

Step 1

Design outdoor garden containers using green plants with splashes of creamy yellows and vibrant reds. Create your own garden container using an old wheelbarrow. Look around flea markets or thrift stores for one that is gently used.

Step 2

Drill five to 10 holes in the bottom of the wheelbarrow using an electric drill with a steel bit. Make sure the drill goes through the container and out the bottom. These holes will allow the water to drain out of the bottom of the container. Lay a one-inch layer of broken clay pot pieces on the bottom to help drain the water slowly out of the container, helping to retain moisture.

Step 3

Nestle the wheelbarrow in the garden. Fill the wheelbarrow up with half compost and half potting soil. Using a garden spade, mix up the dirt to prepare the soil for planting.

Step 4

Choose native flowers to your environment, which require less maintenance and are more drought and insect-resistant than non-native plants and flowers.

Step 5

Add a ground cover, like creeping sedum, to the front of the container. This bright green plant will fill out the garden container, spilling over the wheelbarrow and down to the lawn.

Step 6

Plant flowers that echo the tones of the existing garden and yard. Use flowers that have a long blooming season like the pelargonium. Its bright pink blooms and dark green leaves will create fullness in the container.

Tips and Warnings

  • When using an electric drill, always wear protective glasses.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Electric drill
  • Steel bit
  • Clay pot pieces
  • Compost
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers


  • My Home Ideas
  • University of Illinois Extension
Keywords: outdoor flower container, designing containers, container gardening

About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.