How to Decorate With an Inside Planter Box


Containers and planter boxes bring a bit of outside cheer to the indoors. Planter boxes vary in sizes from tabletop to room divider; and in materials including wood, metal, plastic and stone. Decorating with a planter box is fun and easy no matter what the season. Choose a color for the box that goes with your decorating palette or a neutral metal or stone. Whether spring, summer, fall or winter the planter box will brighten any décor.


Step 1

Place pre-chilled spring bulbs like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths in water glasses that have a 1-inch layer of pebbles on the bottom. Place more pebbles around the bulbs up to the top base of the bulb to keep them upright.

Step 2

Fill the glasses with water to just cover the bottom one-half inch of the bulbs.

Step 3

Arrange sphagnum moss over the glasses and bulbs. Keep the water level steady by checking it every few days and adding water when necessary. In a few weeks, the bulbs will bloom and fill the room with the fragrance of springtime.


Step 1

Fill the planter box with a 2-inch layer of pebbles.

Step 2

Remove the cacti from their pots and place in the box almost touching one another. A variety of different shaped cacti looks good as well as cacti that are all the same shape, size and kind.

Step 3

Cover the soil of the cacti with pebbles, and fill in between the cacti with more pebbles. Add in a few seashells. The cacti should last through the summer with very little water required.


Step 1

Place the chrysanthemums in the planter box still in their pots. Use either three or five pots since an odd number is more attractive than an even number.

Step 2

Fill in between the pots with sphagnum moss. Arrange the fall leaves in the gaps between the mums.

Step 3

Water the mums as necessary. If the planter box doesn't have drainage remove the pots and immerse them in a bucket of water for 20 minutes, drain and then return to the box.


Step 1

Select three rosemary topiaries in the shape of a standard. A standard is simply a sphere on a trunk. The topiaries should be in proportion to the planter box with each topiary sphere just inches away from the next.

Step 2

Fill in between the rosemary plants with small colored Christmas balls or strings of beaded garland.

Step 3

Water as you did for the mums above.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overwater the cacti. It will die.

Things You'll Need

  • Planter box no more than 6 inches tall-by-12 inches long-by-4 inches wide
  • Spring bulbs
  • Water glasses
  • Pebbles
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Cacti
  • Seashells
  • Fall leaves
  • Mum plants
  • Rosemary topiaries (3)


  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden"; Courtier et al; 2003
  • "Garden Home"; P. Allen Smith; 2003

Who Can Help

  • West Virginia University Extension Service: Container Gardening
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