The outdoors are an extension of your living space, and landscaping is one of the best ways to create a beautiful, outdoor area to enjoy. However, creating a cohesive landscape design can sometimes be a bit of an involved process. For those that want a faster, more economical way to spruce up a deck, patio or outdoor space, consider a few inspirational ideas to start landscaping with planters.
1. Create some privacy
Long rectangular planters filled with taller bushes or trees are a great way to create privacy in your outdoor living spaces. Tasteful greenery provides a much better atmosphere for privacy as opposed to screens or walls.
2. Add a free-standing plant backdrop
Use a planter with a trellis to create a lovely, colorful backdrop with climbing flowers. Beyond just being a stunning addition to your deck, backyard or patio landscaping, it can be a lovely background for impromptu photos.
3. Line some stairs
Add interest to your exterior steps by lining them with planters. Enjoy your favorite flowers and greenery as you walk up or down your stairs.
4. Add to the edge of a patio
Adding planters to the edge of a patio can help to break up the look of hardscaped exteriors. Urn planters with flowering greenery add gentle curves and softness to the otherwise harsh lines and surfaces of a patio.
5. Create designated areas
Most homes have rooms designated for activities. The kitchen is for cooking, the dining room is for eating, and the family room is for gathering together. In the same way, you can use planters to create designated spaces in outdoor living areas. Surround exterior furniture with planters to create a more intimate environment for conversation.
6. Line a home exterior
Create a more welcoming environment for visitors by breaking up the lines of your home with natural greenery. Use long trough planters to cover longer dimensions, or add a more unique flair with abstract, modern planters.
7. Surround columns
Columns often support necessary structures, but they aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing. Surround columns with greenery to help soften up the overall landscape.
8. Make a unique water feature
Add a water feature to your outdoor living space without digging up your yard. By using a planter, you can create your own water garden with unique floating and submerged plants.
9. Stack planters for interest
A selection of differently sized planters stacked together create a living statement piece for your patio, deck or yard. Plant different varieties on each level to add interest.
10. Accent your swimming pool
If you have a pool, consider adding some greenery around the edge to add a bit of contrast. However, be sure to carefully research the types of plants that can be placed in a pool environment. The sun can reflect off of the water and dry out your plants, and pool chemicals can have adverse effects on your plants.
11. Line a walkway
Take cues from commercial planter installations, and guide where you want guests to walk by lining walkways. Considering alternatives like handrails and retaining walls, planters are less noticeable and a much more attractive option.
12. Accent outdoor furniture
Add dimension and interest to your outdoor furniture with a selection of surrounding plants and planters. Select planter colors that complement both your home’s exterior and outdoor furniture. Use bright, flowering plants to add a bit of contrast or to match other decorative accents.
13. Grow an eye-catching statement piece
Add additional dimension to your yard with a statement plant in a solo planter. Draw attention to your most stunning plants by giving them a place to shine against the rest of your landscaping.
14. Add interest to railings
For those looking to save space while maintaining a bit of color and greenery, consider using deck rail planters. These planters are easily attached to handrails with a bracketing system that provides sturdy support.
15. Create a grouping
Draw attention to select sections of your landscaping by creating groupings of brightly colored planters in differing heights and sizes.
Landscaping with planters is one of the quickest and easiest ways to start creating an outdoor living space. With just a planter, some potting mix and a few plants, transforming an outdoor space is possible without major renovations or a huge time commitment.