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Landscaping With Potted Plants

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

Create beautiful focal points in your yard and porch area using potted plants and flowers. Pots and containers can be found in a variety of shapes and colors perfect for accenting your landscape. Fill large and small pots with colorful flowers and creeping vines for a bold and dramatic statement in your yard, garden and walkways. Line a path with potted herbs, which will permeate their scent into the air. Because the pots can be moved around your yard, you can easily transform the design of your landscape.

Design and map out the area where you'll place the potted plants. For large pots and to create a focal point coming into your home, place them on your front porch around either side of the door. Pots and containers clustered together in your backyard and around a large tree look attractive and inviting.

Use a garden spade to fill the pots 3 quarters of the way with part topsoil and part compost. The nutrient-rich compost will help nourish the plants.

Keep the plants and flowers in their original containers, and place them in the part of the container where they will be planted. This will keep you organized as to which plant goes in what container. Mix small and large pots and line a pathway along the side of your home; add solar lights between the pots for an added design.

Dig a large enough hole using the spade to insert the plant. Allow room for roots to spread. Place the plant in the hole, and fill in the hole with topsoil. Press the plant down into the dirt.

Spread a thin layer of mulch around the flowers in the container. Make sure not to cover the base of the plants with mulch. Allow for a 1- to 2-inch ring around the base of the plant to be free of mulch. This will ensure adequate oxygen to the plant. Thoroughly water each plant.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden spade
  • Topsoil
  • Compost
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Containers
  • Mulch
  • Water


  • For proper drainage, poke a few holes in the bottom of the pot. This will allow the water to drain out and into the saucer.
  • Consider weather patterns and the amount of sunlight each spot receives.
  • Native species will thrive in your pots over non-native species. Plant flowers and plants that have similar growing needs so your pots thrive and grow.
  • Plant perennials, which pop up every year, to create long-lasting landscapes. Think outside the box, and plant bushes like roses mixed with herbs, such as lavender and thyme.


  • Never over- or under-water your plants. Consult a garden guide for the exact amount of sunlight and water each plant requires.
  • Wooden containers are prone to rot, so opt for ceramic pots, which are durable and weather-resistant.

About the 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 Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.