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Garden Plant Pots

Planter Ideas for Your Porch and Yard

primroses in wooden planter

Garden plant pots filled with a mix of seasonal flowers or tasty herbs are an instant way to add colorful life to any garden, porch or yard. Look at the primroses above and how adorable rhey are in the wooden planter.

Outdoor plant pots come in so many fabulous styles today. In fact, the pots themselves can make a statement.

For example, Topsy Turvy planters and other vertical gardening pots are designed for growing edible plants (like tomatoes) or showy flowers for front porches and hanging baskets.

Just imagine a salad garden with plump juicy tomatoes, delicious greens and succulent colorful peppers! Or better yet, sweet and succulent strawberries.

Whether you gravitate to traditional planters or would like to try something new to jazz up your porch or garden, take a look at these ideas.

Garden Planter Ideas

watering can planter on front porch
A watering can was instantly transformed into a cute garden plant pot
Let's start with two really simple ideas for your colorful plants.

So the first idea is to slightly tilt your planter in your garden. Sure isn't any rule that says they must always be vertical.

tilted clay pot with marigolds
A tilted garden plant pot is quite interesting
The second idea is to add a little whimsy with cheap plant pots - everyday items that you turn into a pot - which translates to a bargain.

tilted clay pot with marigolds
Create cheap plant pots simply from old shoes, boots and sports balls
boot with plant growing inside
This old mossy boot makes a neat outdoor planter
Photo courtesy of pixabay.com
Be sure to put some loose stones at the bottom for drainage and a few holes so that water can run out freely.


Concrete Planter Mold Ideas

Make your own beautiful garden pots with re-usable molds. Concrete planter molds are a fun way way to create durable garden plant pots for your porch and add beauty to your landscaping. Many can be painted to complement your decor.

Besides being fun to make, concrete planter molds can be used over and over again to make as many pots you like. They can also usually be used for other craft ideas as you can also use cement, plaster, soap, or polyester resin.

Here are a few neat concrete molds we thought you might like.

Concrete wicker planter mold - set of molds (Amazon affiliate link)


Concrete wood planter mold (Amazon affiliate link)


Cute turtle mold (Amazon affiliate link)
See how easy it is to use concrete planter molds for your projects:



You can find concrete planter molds on Amazon (Amazon affiliate link).


old car filled with plants in garden
One way to recycle!


Topsy Turvy Planter Ideas

Mary and I really like these as they are perfect for almost any porch! You can grow your own food using only a small amount of space while adding beautiful color and frivolity.

Topsy Turvy Planter (Amazon affiliate link)


Watch this short video to see how experts grow amazing tomatoes in this unique planter.



Topsy Turvy Tips

  • These planters can weigh up to 20 pounds or more so ensure they are securely fastened.
  • Watering can be tricky so try this. Lift the bag slowly; if it is heavy then water less. If light, water more!
  • Your plants will need food; fertilize consistently according to directions.
  • Keep your plants trimmed for larger fruit.
  • Watch out for pests.




Upside Down Is Absolutely Right!

You can use upside down garden pots to grow more than just strawberries and cucumbers. Try grapes (may need to be located near a trellis), low bush blueberries, peppers of all kinds, zucchini, summer squash, both pole and bush beans, herbs, and flowers like petunias, semi-trailing nasturtiums, and even a sweet potato.

Layboo upside down hanging tomato plant and vegetable grower (Amazon affiliate link)




What's a Grow Bag?

How neat are these grow bags! They come with pockets so you can plant herbs, flowers or strawberries.

They are convenient and reusable for yielding an array of food or flowers.

Xnferty strawberry planting grow bags (Amazon affiliate link)


Pannow potato grow bags (Amazon affiliate link)





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Garden Plant Pots on Porches

Terra Cotta pots come in a wide variety of shapes; mixing styles gives your porch or garden an aesthetically pleasing array.

terra cotta garden plant pots on porch steps
Traditional Terra cotta plant pots are always in style, don't you think?
Photo courtesy of pixabay.com


old chair tuned into a planter on porch
Stucco style with a touch of cottage!
Photo courtesy of pixabay.com
Recycling items you already have is an inexpensive way to create interesting garden plant pots for your garden or porch. Painting this chair would also enhance its character.

old chair tuned into a planter on porch
This old chair was converted to charming planter!
Photo courtesy of pixabay.com


We sometimes forget that plant pots can be used for more than growing flowers or vegetables. They are also ideal for growing certain shrubs like boxwoods as shown below.

old chair tuned into a planter on porch
Grow shrubs on you porch or deck!
Photo courtesy of pixabay.com



Porch Railing Plant Pot Ideas

Karen's window box planters hang from her porch railings
Who doesn't love a window box planter filled with such vibrant flowers?
Karen Pivonski-Lewis frequently shares her porch pictures with us. This window box planter, which hangs securely from the porch railings, adds a colorful burst to her inviting porch.


Karen's window box planters full of vibrant summer flowers
Karen's window box planters toward the end of summer
Karen says, "The pink flowers are SunPatiens; the purple are called scaevola and the green vine is creeping jenny. All of them are very easy to grow and take care of." We thank Karen for sharing her pictures with us.


We found similar railing plant boxes on Amazon and we thought you might enjoy seeing them.

Terra Cotta style adjustable plant box holder (Amazon affiliate link)


Plastic planter box for porch or balcony railings (Amazon affiliate link)



Metal Bucket Plant Pots

Mary and I love these metal bucket plant pots. We think they'd be great for growing a few herbs on your porch or on a garden fence.

small metal bucket plant pots on fence
Metal bucket plant pots
We found ones just like them on Amazon.

Colorful metal garden pots with detachable handles (Amazon affiliate link)
Are these cute or what? An adorable gift for a mom or special friend. The rainbow colors are a wonderful part of their appeal and the handles are detachable if you'd rather just set them on your porch or steps.


Consider a Self-Watering Planter

Glopear urban garden self watering planter - (Amazon affiliate link)
Keeping planters watered in the summer heat can be a challenge. Did you know that there are self-watering planters? Stop by here to read more about them.


And Before You Leave, Consider a Trellis

A clematis will greatly benefit from a trellis.
Want some trellis ideas for climbing beauties like this?
Fantastic! Just go here and we'll inspire you with some ideas!






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