Choose a container that is a source of beauty and inspiration, not just a vessel for your plants.
While some terra-cotta garden planters are left unfinished, many glazed or colored options exist, too. In addition, garden planters can be found in a range of widths and depths. These wide, shallow, glazed terra-cotta garden containers are perfect for small-scale vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes or pole beans.
Adaptable to a range of garden styles and locations, hanging baskets are a great way to showcase vining plants and beautiful blooms. Many are made of wire and lined with moss or coir to hold in potting soil and moisture. The plants in hanging baskets must be watered regularly and fertilized, too.
Not all garden planters have to be big to make an impact. Try a small collection of various sizes -- here, terra-cotta as well as glazed containers -- and group small to midsize plants. The white glazelike appearance on the outside of terra-cotta garden planters is just minerals seeping out from the potting soil. To remove, soak in water and scrub with a brush.
Urns are one of the classic garden planter silhouettes. There are new and new-made-to-look-old options, as well as versions in lightweight materials, such as plastic. These mimic the look of traditional urn garden planters without the weight.
Learn the difference between soft, less-durable clay pots, and high-fired, freeze-resistant clay containers so you select the right flower pot or planter.
Plastic is a low-cost garden planter option that works well for a range of flowers, vegetables, and other plants. In small-scale spaces, a tiered garden planter rack allows you to grow up without having to spread out. Another advantage: The planters are lifted off the ground, which makes drainage a nonissue. Be aware that plastic garden planters may crack or become discolored after exposure to the elements.
Many gardeners tap their creativity when they go on the hunt for garden planters. Here, two different-size livestock waterers are nested in a garden for a container-plus-raised bed solution. Even though these garden planters are fairly large, drainage holes drilled in the bottom are still essential.
Many window basket garden planters are made from traditional metal; a cocoa-hull liner helps hold potting soil and water. For window basket garden planters made from wood, drainage holes are a must-have.
In addition to tin cans, watering containers, and wheelbarrows, vessels such as small teacups make great garden planters for miniature herbs and flowers. Here, saucers double as a water collectors.
If you choose a very large garden planter and do not want to fill the whole thing with soil, there's another option: Tuck a smaller garden planter inside to hold your plants. The rim on this large glazed urnlike container holds a smaller terra-cotta vessel inside.
Vertical gardening has become hugely popular, and with good reason: It allows space-challenged gardeners to nurture their green thumbs, and provides a way for others to take advantage of even more growing space. Here, the homeowners simply attached garden trays to a fence; other options exist, including large wall-like structures that can hold whole vegetable gardens.
Garden planters are a great way to pick up tones found in your garden, add bright hues as accents, or create repeating themes for the space. These clean-lined, bright green, contemporary square garden planters offer bold complement to the foliage-focused landscape.
Raised bed garden planters can be placed on the ground, or they can be elevated. This makes them even easier to tend and ensures good drainage for plants, too. Any finish on the wood garden planter should be plant-safe; if left untreated, the wood will weather to a natural gray.
Nearly anything can be used as a garden planter. Here, pretty food tins -- thoroughly washed and cleaned -- are planted with a collection of Italian herbs. Remember: You will need to drill drainage holes (and catch any spillover) to encourage plant growth.
Most raised bed garden planters are placed in permanent positions on the ground. Sides can be made of different materials, including wood, composite boards, and stone. Generally the drainage and access to raised beds is better and more convenient than in-ground beds.
Fanciful and fun, this fairy garden found a home inside a vintage wheelbarrow. Rustic garden planters such as these are unique additions to a garden. Place them in a spot that gets enough sun for the plants, and drill holes in the base for drainage.
Perched in a sunny spot, these cheery yellow garden planters provide herbs just the right growing environment in any season. A range of small garden planters are available, and many also come with a convenient tray to catch spillover.
Small and large garden planters now come in a variety of materials, including stunning contemporary options like this stainless steel. Place very large garden planters on a moveable trays, or make sure the container has wheels to enable easier transport. Also, some metals, if left untreated, will naturally rust or change color when left exposed to the elements.