15 Beautiful Outdoor Planter Ideas For Your Garden

Beautiful container garden ideas are front of mind for me today!

This post first came out last year, but it’s been recently updated.

Warm weather and sunshine both have me thinking about finally getting our outdoor pots and containers in order.

Beautiful Container Garden Ideasvia @clausdalby

15 Beautiful Outdoor Planter To Zhush Up Your Summer

In fact, the weather this past weekend in Connecticut was perfect.

It’s finally starting to feel like spring around here.

Technically growing season starts around Mother’s Day but I’m more than happy to start spending a lot more time outdoors.

The patio cushions were dusted off and brought out – along with a lot of  sweeping and general back yard sprucing.

Now I feel more than ready to get all our empty large containers filled and planted.

Whether you’re looking to for inspiration for one large container or ideas for a great way of displaying ceramic pots and small plants, we’ve got you covered.

So let’s get into some container gardening inspiration –

Here are 15 beautiful container garden ideas to inspire your next outdoor project.

blue and white beautiful container garden ideas

Beautiful Planters: Ideas and Inspiration

With my love for blue and white pieces, you’d think I had a whole outdoor collection going on.

I don’t!

But I think I need to remedy this immediately!

If nothing else I need to add a beautiful blue and white plant tag.

white wood beautiful garden containersFrontgate planters

The Versailles planters from Frontgate are a standout classic.

As a general rule, these are such a good choice as you can never go wrong with these.

hydrangeas in planter

Adding Some Color With Container Gardens

Hydrangeas are on of my favorite flowers for adding a splash of bright color.

Pink, blue and purple hydrangeas are the perfect addition to any garden as they add color and texture and provide a beautiful focal point.

Love how they look in big pots like this one above.

However, you need to make sure you have the right potting mix and or potting soil for hydrangeas.

The local nurseries are now all (thankfully) open and I’m sure we won’t be the only people paying them a visit this week.

In the meantime, I took to the internet to find some new and fresh ideas for our garden.

There’s SO many unique and beautiful container garden ideas out there, it’s got me feeling extra motivated.

Once we get started, I’ll be sure to update you on our progress – probably over on Instagram stories!

Traditional Clay Pots

mixed plants in pots and garden containersMix and match flowers and plants in clay pots via @clausdalby.

These terra cotta pots are such a simple way to make a big impact and can be a great place to start.

​This is an especially easy project for small spaces.

A cheerful burst of color with front step pots gives new life to this entry via @clausdalby.

greenery in window boxes as a beautiful container garden ideaWindow boxes with foliage plants via Pretty Pink Tulips.

Window Boxes

Beautiful container garden ideas don’t need to be limited to just the ground!

Have a look at my friend Elizabeth’s gorgeous container plants in her window boxes above.

Most growing plants can thrive in small containers, pots and planters – as long as they have full sun, water and adequate drainage holes to get rid of excess water.

See more of her stunning gardens here!

pink flowers in window boxes as a beautiful container garden ideaMix container plants with flowers in your window boxes like Pretty Pink Tulips- so lovely!

Plant Stands

front porch beautiful container garden ideas and flowersClassic terra cotta flower Pots via Gal meets Glam.

I also LOVE the idea of a plant rack like this one from Gal meets Glam!

I’m currently eyeing a similar one here!

Beautiful flowers and colorful foliage is a great way to add some visual interest to your back or front porch.

However, be sure to check with your local nursery or garden center, as to whether a shady spot or a sunny spot is best for your outdoor planter.

Even more creative ways to show off your green thumb

garden obelisk with vines on front stoopLove the idea of a single plant like this creeping Jenny on garden obelisks outside your front door from Ballard Design.

How pretty are the Bunny Williams garden obelisks?

I’m toying with the idea of adding two of these to our patio area garden design as well…would be such a great addition.

Once you start experimenting with flower pot designs, the creative ideas are endless.

flowers and vines in beautiful concrete garden containerColorful Flowers and sweet potato vine in a concrete garden Planter via Garden Lovers Club.

Using different plants with different textures is an easy way to make a big statement with just one pot.

Even more ideas on sprucing up your outdoor space:

How to choose the best ivy for your walls.

Backyard Enclosed Patio Ideas

The Best White Exterior House Paint Colors.

The Best Looking Door Knockers.

A round up of beautiful flower garden pots and planters.

Our Smokeless Backyard Firepit Review

outdoor planters on porchA mix of plants on our back porch – one of many shady areas around my home garden. These white square planters are super budget friendly.

Container Garden FAQS

What’s the best container for tall plants or small trees?

Either the round or square version of these larger containers would work great.

What are the best plants for container gardens?

Just about any types of plants can be grown in a pot as long as it’s basic needs and water requirements are met.

You can grow an herb garden, vegetable garden, flowers, shrubs, ornamental grasses and small trees almost anywhere – just make sure you have good drainage in your containers.

A well thought out container garden design can add beauty to all kinds of areas, including windowsills, patios, balconies and even rooftops.


I hope you enjoyed all of these beautiful container gardens.

If you do end up using any of these container planting ideas, send me an email, I’d love to know!

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  1. Marsha Zick wrote:

    I loved this post! so many ideas to plant the seed in my head as to what I may plant. It’s easy to get stuck on what worked in the past and not branch out. I’m late planting this year but inspired by this post. Thanks!

    Published on 6.19.24 · Reply