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Perks Of Using Outdoor Planters: Benefits And Plant Ideas

September 08, 2022 7 min read

Perks Of Using Outdoor Planters

Making your house compound seem visually pleasing requires ingenuity and innovation. You might believe that planting flowers and plants on the ground is the only method to decorate your home. Outdoor Planters and baskets are very popular among homeowners looking for innovative landscaping solutions.


Container plants in the patio


Five Surprising BeneÔ¨Āts of Using Planters

Are planters worth it? Here are five surprising beneÔ¨Āts that outdoor planters can offer.¬†

1. Express your style: Wide Selection

While vase planters may be the most common planter style, there are no limits to what you can do when designing and making outdoor planters. Nothing is impossible if you can visualize it!

There are planters of every size and design; some are tall and narrow, while others are low and wide. Additionally, you can customize outdoor planters and vases with distinctive decorative details that stand out with or without plants potted within. 

Moreover, contemporary outdoor planters can give traditional flowers a fresh appearance. For instance, red roses planted in a field all have the same appearance, but when held in planters, they can develop a distinctive range of heights, shapes, and even sprawls. 

2. Limit the Growth of Invasive Plants

Certain plant species can swiftly overtake smaller gardens. Invasive plants are known for easily dispersing their seeds throughout the entire property. For example, you may see mint plants emerging in unexpected locations throughout your garden after planting a tiny patch of mint. Sadly, planting invasive plants in a planter is the only way of keeping them under control. Bee balm, lemon, mint, and common periwinkle are a few examples of invasive plants.


3. Conserve Water and Time

Even though not all planters have self-watering capabilities, those can help you save time and money. Because their water reservoir is situated directly below the plant roots, self-watering planters are excellent at retaining the ideal amount of soil moisture. This arrangement enables the plant roots to get the water they need easily. 

This process prevents plant dehydration and saves water by reusing water that has already dropped through, reducing the time watering a plant. In addition, the design is more practical and encourages healthy root growth, which is good for the plant because a more solid root base will lead to greater prosperity and fruitfulness.


4. Make for beautiful  Barriers and Pathways

Contemporary outdoor planters are useful for more than simply their artistic value; you may use them to separate crowded areas so people can move around more easily. In addition, if the pots are big enough, they can conceal unsightly items like large water systems or electrical boxes. 

There are also odd layouts in some properties. Therefore, rows of planters are the ideal answer if it's difficult to discover the main entrance or if you want to construct beautiful‚ÄĒyet reasonably priced‚ÄĒpathways. Install modern outside planters instead of cheesy orange cones or signs that are easy to lose in a windstorm, and you'll combine charm with utility.




5. Increase Sun Protection

Contrary to popular belief, modern outdoor planters are not tiny objects reserved for springtime blooms like daffodils and delicate flowers.

On the other hand, the selection of planter sizes is astounding; several are roomy enough to hold a large tree. Wishing you could work with a tree's shade, but all you have is concrete. A large planter bowl enables trees to grow anywhere around.

Plants You Can Grow in Planters


Because they require less room to grow than head or stalk lettuces, loose-leaf and romaine are the ideal lettuce kinds to plant in planters. Soil, peat moss or compost, and perlite are the appropriate components of a soil mix for container-grown lettuce since they prevent the soil from drying out. Do not plant seeds any deeper than half an inch. The soil should be kept damp, but not soaked. 

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomato plants typically provide much fruit. Ideal for salads and light meals. There is also a decent selection of plant seedlings available. And that's something I appreciate much. Another option is to grow your own from seed. For those embarking on their first gardening experience this year. If your growing season is shorter than ours in the North, I recommend starting with a plant.

It's also important to use a pot that's at least 12 inches deep. You may plant tomatoes in a hanging planter or one of these humorous tomato planters if you're short on floor space. Put your tomato plants where they will get at least five to six hours of sunlight every day. Tomatoes thrive in warm, sunny climates. 

Don't forget to continuously water as the fruit begins to set. To prevent your tomatoes from cracking, use water that is constant in temperature and pressure. Watering a little every day is preferable to watering heavily once a week. 


Wonderful news for those who adore pesto! This tasty herb may be grown effortlessly in a container. Once frost danger has gone, basil may be started from seed or transplanted into the garden. Basil loves rich organic matter, so be sure to add additional compost to your container. Basil thrives in full light and weekly watering in dry weather. To get more harvest out of your plants, pinch off the flower buds and the very tips of the stems before they open. 


The leaves of this spicy green are delicious, while the edible blooms provide a sweet touch. The beauty extends to them as well. A pot 8 inches deep and 6 inches in diameter is plenty for arugula. 

Growing arugula in a planter also has the added benefit of portability. Approximately 6 hours of sunshine are ideal for arugula, while the plant grows poorly in the intense heat of the afternoon. This plant thrives in the full morning light but has to be relocated or positioned so that it receives just partial afternoon sun. 


Spinach thrives in chilly temperatures. In the spring, put it with your radishes. They develop similarly to lettuce. To plant them, all you need is a deep window box or a planter that's six inches deep. If your springs are shorter and cooler than average, you may want to invest in spinach that is slow to bolt so that you may extend the growing season. 

Rectangular planters as balcony barriers


When planting in large quantities, smaller-flowered dahlia types are ideal. They need lots of sunlight to survive. Dahlias are cultivated from young bulbs. Various hues and interesting floral designs are available for your consideration. 

African Daisy

This bright, bold, and brilliant daisy thrives in full light and can withstand high temperatures and dry conditions. You may forget about deadheading these flowers and they will remain blooming right up to the first frost. Amazing both on its own and when combined with other plants. 


Brighten up a shady area with impatiens. They flower all out and with great ferocity, and you may find them in every conceivable shade of pink. Impatiens thrive in wet, humid environments and may even grow in the shadow. 


Miniature in stature, sugary in flavor, and aromatic. If you're looking for a filler that will highlight and complement both focal and trailing plants, Alyssum is the way to go. They are heat tolerant and continue to flower from spring until the first frost. 


Gorgeous enormous African marigolds, opulent double-blazing French marigold blooms, and fragrant abundant signet marigolds are just a few types of the many types of marigolds available.

These stunning perennials may offer color and life to a container, serve as a fitting homage to a towering showpiece, or attract beneficial insects and pollinators to your garden.

You can even grow larger shrubs and trees in large outdoor planters 

 trees planted in planters


Gardeners in cooler climates can enjoy the same benefits of growing citrus as those in warmer regions. Planting citrus trees in planters means you can bring the fresh scent and tangy fruit indoors, even in the dead of winter. The typical citrus tree is too large to be kept inside. However, dwarf types have their growth restricted and fruiting time shortened by being grafted onto specific roots.

Similarly, citrus grown in containers tends to stay compact in size. If you're just getting started with citrus gardening, smaller varieties that thrive well in containers are a good place to learn the ropes. Favorites that are simple to cultivate include the Improved Meyer lemon, Makrut, and Key limes, kumquats, and Calamondin oranges.


Rubber plant (Ficus elastica) 

In terms of the type of planters they are grown in, rubber trees are not overly picky about their environment. There are, however, a few pointers that are well worth discussing in order to ensure that your Rubber Tree will be successful in the container it is being grown in. 

Rubber trees are plants that grow quickly. This is true for their branches, leaves, and root system. So, as you marvel at its amazing development, bear in mind that you may need to repot your Rubber Tree earlier than you expect.


Various varieties of Palm trees

Growing tropical palm plants in planters is a simple process. Drought-tolerant, low-maintenance palm trees with relatively modest growth are ideal for a containers garden, patio, or entranceway. A big container and a well-drained, rich in organic matter potting mix are all that are required for the palm tree to thrive.

It is critical to select the right palm to grow in a planter. When put in containers, not all palm palms thrive. Some palms grow swiftly and will soon overrun their container. Other tall palm palms might become unstable during storms and windy weather.

  1. Chinese Fan Palm 
  2. Majestic Palm 
  3. Areca Palm


Palmira plant in planter


Olive Tree

Olive trees make excellent display trees. Some types are planted particularly to produce olives, whereas many others are grown merely for decorative purposes and never bear fruit. Whatever you choose, the trees are stunning and will provide a Mediterranean vibe to your landscape. If you don't have enough space for a complete tree or if your temperature is too cold, you may still grow olive trees in planters.


Potted trees in the entrance



Bamboo plants in beautiful decorative containers look very stunning. Growing bamboo in pots is an excellent method to keep it from taking over your environment while still enjoying the beauty of its foliage.

Bamboo planted in planters also provides you with versatility. They are simple to transport from the backyard to your patio. Certain bamboos have the unusual ability to grow extremely well in small places, so you don't have to be worried about the well-being of the plant.

To Sum It Up!

Plants suitable for summer, spring, fall, and winter can be planted in planters to provide year-round color. You may give your property a facelift and create a wonderfully attractive home environment for your family and guests to enjoy all the time by growing decorative plants and flowers in containers.

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