Putting Planters to Work in the Landscape

They're more than just decorative: Container gardens can become landscape assets. Find out what planters can do for your outdoor spaces.

slate and bamboo create peaceful retreat

Define the Space

In this design by Paula Henson, planters form a perimeter around an outdoor gathering spot.

Flower and Spiky Grass Garden Pot

Decorate the Entryway

Dramatic container gardens flank a front door, turning the entry into a focal point. Posted by RMSer automedon

Umbrella Seating with Wall Gardens

Garden on the Wall

This patio gains Mediterranean flair with a beautiful arrangement of planters and trellis. Posted by RMSer Phillyguy

Greek Goddess Planter

Softening a Hardscape

The perfect adornment for this garden wall sculpture: the airy look of asparagus fern and wire vine. Posted by RMSer kmphelps

Colorful Cacophony

All-Out Arbor

In this amazing container garden, coleus, begonias, lantana, Superbells and more provide an explosion of overhead color. Posted by RMSer kmphelps

Charming Planter Bed and Patio

Have a Seat

Raised beds are container gardens too, and in RMSer volleyken's garden, the retaining wall for the raised bed adds to available seating.

Colorful Window Boxes and Front Yard

Facelift for the House

Well-planted window boxes can add serious curb appeal to the house, as in this exuberant example by RMSer kmphelps.

Garden Planter Heads

Conversation Piece

A collection of personality-plus planters welcomes visitors to RMSer KatG's garden.

Patio Container Garden

Greening the Scene

Potted plants help turn a small space into a lush oasis. Posted by smp71lover

Kitchen Garden

Want to grow fresh produce close to the house for easy picking? The usual patio plants such as cherry tomatoes, herbs, lettuce and spinach are naturals for containers, of course, but so is this golden zucchini, ripening to perfection in a sunny spot.

Bench Overlooking Serene Pond

Changeable Color for the Landscape

These planters add pops of color on both sides of the pond. Posted by RMSer gardenqueen5

french doors open to tropical backyard setting

Frame the View

Planters filled with color bring the outdoors close and help create a pretty picture from indoor living spaces. Design by Robert Hursthouse

Easy Way to Add Water

Containers offer the choice of a soothing water feature without having to lay water lines.

Beautiful Wheelbarrow Container Garden with Flowers

Strut Your Stuff

Container gardening gives you the chance to create over-the-top displays — even when the plants in the ground aren't doing as well. Using good-quality potting soil, regularly feeding and watering will bring out the best in the plants.

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