Outdoor Potted Plant Ideas

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Pots of flowering or foliage plants bring nature's greenery to areas where a garden bed isn't possible. Display pots on patios, balconies or along walkways and drives to add color to these outdoor living and working spaces. Instead of just a plain pot filled with flowers, consider creative ideas to add even more of a decorative element to your potted garden.

Potted Edibles

  • Get double duty out of planters by growing ornamental edibles in the pot. Harvest the herbs or vegetables while enjoying the plant's foliage and flowers. Most herbs grow well in pots. Mint and sage both produce attractive silver-green foliage. Quick-growing plants, they fill containers nearly to overflowing with their leaves, providing plenty to harvest and to enjoy. Flowering herbs, such as chives and chamomile, give you the benefit of potted flowers and fresh kitchen seasoning. Lettuce and spinach grow well in early spring before most ornamental plants begin growing, allowing you to enjoy the foliage and the fresh vegetables.

Vertical Pots

  • Instead of just setting pots on the ground, use them to add color and break up vertical spaces. Hang pots from overhead patio rafters, on light posts or from shepherd's hooks. Fill the pots to overflowing with flowers or foliage. Trailing flowers and foliage, such as lobelia or ivy, are striking when spilling over from a hanging pot. Window boxes add color and break up a long single-color wall, and you can hang them on fences with the proper hardware. In areas where hanging pots aren't an option, use plant stands to provide height and variety to the display. Place pots filled with foliage and flowers on stands of varying height to add visual interest.

Creative Containers

  • Nearly any container works as a plant pot with minimal preparation. Planters must provide a way for excess water to drain out, so drill at least one hole in the bottom of repurposed containers. Old boots, wheelbarrows, metal buckets and tea tins are just a few options for pots. Consider growing small herbs in a collection of teapots or removing the roof from an old birdhouse and filling it with bright flowers. Intersperse creative containers among more traditional pots for an eclectic look.

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