For a quick way to dress up outdoor spaces, fill DIY outdoor planters with no-fail flowers and plants. Intriguing plant combinations give these unique (and easy to make) container gardens an extra dash of eye appeal.
Two sizes of DIY cube planters are made from concrete pavers that have been glued together and painted. They’re filled with plants offering color and contrast throughout the growing season. Selections include lemon cypress, ‘Carnival Plum Crazy’ coral bells (Heuchera micrantha), creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), ‘First Frost’ hosta and ‘Burgundy Wedding Train’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides).
Give your plants a happy home. Fill containers with Sta-Green Moisture Max potting mix, which includes both fertilizer and moisture-retentive polymers to reduce watering.
For an instant garden, stack drywall mud pans on a wall. An odd number works best. You can plant directly in the pans or nestle small pots inside. They make a great home for ready-to-bloom annuals and a convenient place to plant herbs for snipping, too. These planters contain golden variegated oregano, purple vinca, parsley, Antennaria, scented geranium, rosemary and sage.
With reflected heat, wall planters can dry out quickly, especially on the south or west side of a structure. Consider placing your wall planters on the east side for morning sunlight only.
This pedestal of stacked concrete pavers raises up a bowl into a focal point planter. The bowl is filled with succulents and water-wise plants including Aeonium, ‘Angelina’ sedum, Mexican heather and lavender.
Shallow bowls like this are best planted with drought-tolerant plants that won’t fade if you miss a day of watering.
For a fall display that goes beyond the ordinary, try out this wooden planter. Adorned with stylish hinges, it’s filled with a stash of cold-hardy plants—‘Redbor’ kale, ornamental kale, dinosaur kale, creeping Jenny and pansies—that look great in spring and really hit their stride in fall.
To extend the life of the wood, use an old plastic nursery pot as a container insert so soil doesn’t touch the surface of the wood.