Ideas for Outdoor Planters

Outdoor planters are classic ways to display everything from flowers and vegetable garden plants, to rose bushes, berries and small fruit trees. A gardener has a wide variety of planters, pots and containers to choose from. Ceramic, terra cotta, metal, clay, concrete, plastic and wood versions exist. Additionally, some containers can be reused and re-purposed for outdoor planter ideas.


Commercial and handmade planters come in urns, rectangular window boxes, hexagonal wooden tiers, patio umbrella surrounds and deep pots. Hanging planters can be mounted to walls or suspended from porch eaves with lush flowers or strawberry plants spilling over the sides. Freestanding wooden planters in a rectangular shape can be filled with dozens of annual plants including geraniums, petunias with cascading ivy, and lobelias, for a massive display on your front lawn. Planter kits may come with casters for easy movement and trellis units for climbing flowering bushes and vegetables.

Repurposed Items

Retired wheelbarrows, tea pots, coal buckets, animal troughs, antique wooden pickle barrels, food cans, mixer bowls and any container that has depth for a root system can be used as outdoor planters for your yard. Recycle buckets and containers, even an old baby doll buggy, for conversation starters and whimsical yet functional yard art for your home. Line old buckets with a plastic or clay planter that is covered by full geraniums, begonias and annual plant mixtures. Position planters around the property, on your mailbox, near your home and garage or on a deck or porch.


Planters can be great substitutes for apartment or easy access gardening. Plant tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and other favorite small to medium size bush or root plants in oversize outdoor pots or wooden boxes that are at least 15 inches deep. Maintain a garden of edibles that are within easy reach from a small space with 2-by-3-foot table planters. These untreated pine wood tables are built with a 27-inch clearance for knees and chairs under a growing bed area that is at least 8 to 10 inches deep with an overall height of 35 to 37 inches. The table height can be adapted and customized for a small or large space. It is also comfortable for a gardener who has difficulty bending over. A gardener can sit at the table and work on planting, maintenance and harvesting of the garden. Gardeners with limitations will find that they can grow strawberries in attractive tiered planters or hanging plant pots. Hanging baskets are a good alternative when hung at chest level or suspended with easy pulley systems for height adjustment.

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About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written ad copy and online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Chilldren's Literature course in 1988.