As we move into the prime outdoor entertaining season, it doesn’t take much to get your outdoor space ready for hosting. You’ve already dusted off the patio set and double-checked your stash of barbecue briquettes; now how about adding a welcoming pot of colorful flowers to greet guests at the front door?
Time can be limited in the busy summer season, so we’ve rounded up container garden designs that range from easy to throw together to more extensive projects. Take a look at the following ideas and tell us if could you see one of these containers adding some pizazz to your porch or patio.
Fire Up Fall With Color
Go-to grasses and can’t-fail lantanas mark the advent of a bright new season. And the coming of fall doesn’t mean the end of container garden beauty. It simply means you have to pay new attention to what needs to be planted—and where.
Succulents on Shutters
Lean shutters (old or new) against an exterior wall and fill slots with hearty plants such as succulents or mosses. Although succulents are nearly indestructible, place them on the shady side of your home to help them live longer.
Hang an old canvas or over-the-door shoe organizer on a fence or wall, then fill the compartments with dirt and wispy ferns or vines. Voila — your DIY hanging planter is complete!
Create a signature planter by repurposing a cardboard letter. Cut off one face of the hollow initial, line with a plastic bag, then fill with soil and add small flowers like pansies or morning glories. Poke holes in the base to let excess water drain.
Hardy succulents, which stow water in their stems and leaves, thrive in shallow birdbaths (who knew?). Pebbles not only hold more moisture in the soil but also add to the desert-inspired look.
Piled on Pots
Green up your patio or deck with oversized terracotta, steel, or plastic planters overflowing with anything from tomatoes to wildflowers. Go big: Add a wood pallet table, outdoor rug, and colorful weatherproof furniture for the ultimate relaxation zone.
To create contrast and visual vibrancy, place clay planters on stairs and fill with interestingly shaped plants, from scallop-leafed geraniums to spiky, serrated agave.
Liven up a plain patio wall with a sun-seeking climber, like bougainvillea — the twining vertical vines balance the bushiness below. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.