Outdoor Decor: Our Planter Idea Book

Does your entryway or patio need a little mid-summer boost? We’ve gathered our favorite outdoor planter ideas to add visual interest, boost curb appeal or create an outdoor oasis. Planters are not only affordable, but also extremely versatile thanks to the wide range of sizes, shapes and textures that can spruce up any outdoor area.

When planning your outdoor decor, consider using large planters or urns that make a statement and add visual interest to your porch, deck or entryway. Keep the scale of the space and your home in mind when determining the size of the container and the height of the plants or topiaries.

Here are few outdoor planters ideas and decorating tips that we’re sure you’ll dig!

Play with heights, textures and patterns in sets of three:


Malta Planters from Frontgate


Courtesy of HGTV Gardens

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Madison Planters from Frontgate








Arrange a row of identical planters with ornamental grass to create a dramatic walkway or designate areas of the yard for entertaining and dining.

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Courtesy of Real Simple

Keep the scale of your outdoor furniture in mind when choosing a planter. If your deck furniture is clean and modern, consider a planter design with the same contemporary look.

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Umbria etched concrete planters from Pottery Barn

Tight on space? Outdoor planters can also be used vertically to make the most of an unused outdoor wall, porch or fence. Vertical planters are also perfect for growing herbs with minimal maintenance.

Gronomic cedar vertical planter from Williams Sonoma

Gronomic cedar vertical planter from Williams Sonoma

Vertical planters can also add an unexpected art element when used with hearty succulents.

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Uncommon Goods living wall art can also be used as an outdoor centerpiece.

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Unexpected display of low-maintenance Air Plant, Staghorn Fern and Oncidium Twinkle from Viva Terra.

When choosing a planter for an entryway, consider how to compliment your home’s door height, architectural features and color of the exterior.

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Courtesy of Coastal Living

Worried about tying the outdoor space together without being too matchy-matchy? Use a consistent theme for your planters from your front porch throughout the yard, deck and walkways.

Reclaimed French oak ties  together this collection from Restoration Hardware.

Reclaimed planks of French oak tie together this collection from Restoration Hardware.

For a pop of color or element of surprise, experiment with unconventional planters that embrace summertime whimsy!

Whimsical planters from Serralunga can be screwed into the ground.

Bright yellow planters from Serralunga can be screwed into the ground — ideal for sloped yards or gardens.

For inspiration on which flowers and foliage work best together in planters, we recommend Proven Winner’s website. It offers great combination planter recipes and a search feature to help you create your own.  A good rule of thumb is to arrange the plants on top the soil with the taller plants near the center, followed by the shorter plants then adding trailing plants around the edge. You could also make a statement by just focusing on one type of bold plant or clump of ornamental grass.

For more ideas on how to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor space, contact us for a complimentary consultation: 630-782-0806 or info@interiortransformation.com