25 Ways Of Landscaping With Potted Plants: Container Gardening 101

Landscaping With Potted Plants

Container gardening is the art of planting exclusively in containers instead of growing plants directly in the ground.

This gardening practice has gained a lot of popularity because it is friendly to our modern way of living. It’s clean, provides a safe growing medium for your potted plants, and is a way to organise your outdoor space.

Why consider using flowers pots in landscaping?

Other than the functionality of planters mentioned above, did you know that pots and planters are also great elements for decoration too?

Flexible – Whether used on a deck, a patio, around a pool, for shade, or for privacy, using flower pots in landscaping is an easy and versatile way to showcase your personal style.

Beautiful – Planters have a visual impact full of texture and color. They require little maintenance and create contrast in your garden design.

Healthy – Like mentioned above, using flowers pots in landscaping enables gardeners to control the growing conditions of their plants from soil to water levels to location!

All-in-all, landscaping with potted plants is one hell of a way to landscape your garden, whether it be commercial or residential.

These garden ideas are a seamless way to mix and match countless combinations of pots with minimal effort to bring your elegant landscaping dreams to life.

25 Best landscaping ideas for any kind of garden

1. Adorn Pathways and Trails

The first stop on the landscaping design journey is how to use potted plants to decorate pathways. An array of potted flora placed along a path can give a graceful feel when walking through it, quite like walking through the countryside.

Planters are also very good at marking the way and can be used to help people identify entrances to your property, this is particularly effective in commercial spaces.

Road with Decorative Bicycles and Plants
Road with decorative bicycles and plants @ Konstantin Aksenov / Canva Pro

2. Add Dramatic Effect With Foliage

Choose plants that are interesting to adorn the key areas of your garden, for example, a trailing plant like cascading petunias paired with towering big-leaved, tall plants like Colocasia can make a big impact.

Try adding these plants as a focal point to the end of pathways and near entrances. By creating visual impact with the foliage of different plant combinations, your guests will be blown away from the beginning. This is especially dramatic in geographical locations like the desert where landscaping is tricky but highly effective.

Dramatic effect in flower display
Dramatic effect in flower display @ Internet

3. Recycle

Landscaping and container garden ideas can be brought to life with pots, tools, and decor that we already have around the house. These items can be repurposed to look vintage or look like something brand new.

You can paint, repair, decorate your old items to create something new. These small additions also add to the character of your space because what is recycled and revamped by you is unique to you.

plant pot recycle
Plant pot recycle @ zulfikarilyas / Getty Images

4. Pots for Aquatic Landscaping

For large, wide pots or containers, adding water instead of soil could be the gardening idea that brings a whole new element to your landscape design. Small aquatic plants like water cabbage can grow easily on the surface of the water, creating a new medium for more garden beds.

Aquatic plant
Aquatic plant @ Ladsritha / Getty Images

5. Pots for Fish

Give your pots new meaning by making them a house for a school of fish. Some fish types like goldfish can do just fine with an infrequent cleaning of the algae that will inevitably form in and on the stagnant water. Unlike other popular landscape fish such as koi, an advantage of goldfish is that they do not grow too big for their containers nor do they require any aeration. Koi, on the other hand, requires moving water in order to survive.

Aqua life of a fish in flower pots
Aqua life of a fish in flower pots @ Internet

6. Add Color

If you have a lot of the same planters, it’s the perfect canvas for a little creativity. Painting the pots different colors of the same palette or creating contrasting visual interest by using complementary colors can enhance the vibrancy of the flowers in the planter.

It is suggested that you should plan your palette before actually purchasing paints and decor. It will help you save a lot of money. You should also make sure the paint is not toxic to you or your plant.

Colorful flower pot and shadow
Colorful flower pot and shadow @ chpua / Getty Images Signature

7. Add Shape And Play With Size

Experiment with the shapes available in your garden. For example, by trimming evergreen shrubs and hedges into conventional geometric shapes like squares, circles and triangles, you can bring an aesthetically pleasing balance to your landscape.

Designing repetitive elements of perfect shapes offer continuity when placed in a line, whereas a space full of random elements will look unorganized. Such repetitive patterns are a great idea to use in large public gardens where plant harmony and design is a wow factor for guests.

On the other hand, planter size is another pawn that can be used to bring aesthetics to your landscape.

Full article: Standard and custom pot sizes for plants

Potted cactus arranged in a triangle
Potted cactus arranged in a triangle @ sutiporn / Getty Images

8. Add Height

Using planters to add height to your garden is a great idea if you don’t have much space or you want to take your landscaping to the next level. One way is simply to use large planters or place smaller planters on the garden wall or on a column of the wall.

Just remember that your large planters will need water regularly, especially in the summer, because large planters are less likely to have any shade and will dry out faster.

large planters in garden
Large planters in garden @ S-McAfoos / Getty Images

9. Dividers

Landscaping ideas that use plants to add dividers are very popular as more and more people look to divide spaces into work and play. for example, restaurants often use potted plants to separate their patio dining areas from the street.

For homeowners, foliage can partition one space from another without disrupting the continuity of the garden. Privacy on a deck can be claimed with greenery. A courtyard can be carved out with a planter or two of flowers. This can enhance the cozy feeling of your newfound sanctuary by providing a sense of solitude.

Use flower containers as divider
Use flower containers as divider @ Internet

10. Borders, Fences, and Edges

Mark hard lines by placing a pot on the edge stairs. Instead of a railing or written sign, a few strategically placed containers can subconsciously draw your guests’ attention without breaking the harmony of the space.

Similarly, instead of adding a fence around the front yard, use a hedge plant such as dwarf Alberta spruce to create the desired effect of separating the front yard from the outside world in a soft, gorgeous, and welcoming way.

Full article: Fenceline landscaping ideas

Garden decorating
Garden decorating @ Internet

11. Pots as Fountains

Pots and big planters are not only useful as the home to your plants. Be creative! Why not use that planter as a water feature for your patio. You can purchase a small pump online that can turn your planter into a fountain.

A fountain is a lovely focal point that attracts not only people but flora and fauna alike. Placing moisture-loving plants close to the makeshift fountain can ensure that the plants get some of the humidity they require. The sound of moving water will attract birds and small furry friends which can diversify the ecosystem of your container garden.

Pots as Fountains
Pots as Fountains @ aon168 / Getty Images

12. Framing an Entrance

Plant a pair of identical pot plants on either side at the base of an archway or door to create a dramatic frame to the entrance.

While smaller plantings are a lovely little adornment to tweak the visual interest of any pathway, using bold, tall, and show-stopping plants and planters create the wow factor that is often needed in commercial spaces to draw in crowds.

big planters in mall
Big impression planters at the mall @ Design Centre Chelsea Harbour City park

13. Balconies and Terraces

Not having a backyard or patio shouldn’t hold you back from having a gorgeous sanctuary of greenery. Containers hooked on the railings of your balcony or hung up on the wall are the easiest way to achieve a little hideaway in the city. It’s always possible to stack up containers vertically if you need more room. The more you add, the more charm it adds to your apartment.

Hotel entrance exterior decorated with plants in pots
Hotel entrance exterior decorated with plants in pots @ Ablozhka / Getty Images

14. Centerpiece

Larger centerpieces make greater focus points. An arrangement of planters of various sizes and types at varying elevations draws focus away from unpleasant sightlines in the landscape.

An arrangement of herbs makes for a stunning centerpiece in a window box. In the house, succulents can be fabulous, low-maintenance centerpieces on the dining table. You can plant your succulents in multiple miniature planters or as a mini landscape garden in a bigger planter.

Plants in ceramic pot near hotel entrance
Plants in ceramic pot near entrance @ IrKiev / Getty Images

15. Lattice

Pots tied to an already existing fence or lattice can make the view much more appealing to the eye. With a combination of vines like ivy, an otherwise uninteresting wall can become another dimension to your garden landscape.

Lattice @ Mel Surdin / Getty Images

16. Landscaping Plant Pot Illusions

Using tall darker plants in the background with brighter shorter pot plants in the foreground creates a depth to the garden. The vignetting effect brings on the illusion of infinite range.

Empty spaces filled with planters and plant textures also paints a picture-perfect display and can make an otherwise empty space feel more intimate.

zinc tub planted with flowers in a cottage garden.
Zinc tub planted with flowers in a cottage garden @ artist-unlimited / Getty Images

17. Fruits and Vegetables

Among all the succulents and evergreens, another fantastic addition to the garden would be low-maintenance vegetables like cherry tomatoes and chilies. Strawberries are delicious seasonal trailing plants while spring onions are good year-round plants that bring beautiful framing possibilities with their linear shape.

tomatoes in garden
Tomatoes in garden @ Vaivirga / Getty Images

18. Patios and Pillars

Using vines and trailing plants to wrap around a pillar on your front porch or balcony breaks the monotony of it. A plant with that curves and that fits perfectly to the pillar can give the illusion that the plants have always been part of the plan. Trailing plants seemingly elongates the length of the pillar and establish a fantasyscape.

Vines on pillars
Vines on these pillars look fantastic // Photo by Avi Waxman on Unsplash

19. Resort Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping with planters in resorts, lake houses, and villas is the best way to add greenery in a tidy and manageable way. With large properties, planting green filled spaces in planters not only creates interest but keeps plant maintenance as efficient as possible. Check out our guide for a deep dive into hotel planter landscaping.

Indochine style resort, The Anam Cam Ranh, Vietnam
Indochine style resort, The Anam Cam Ranh, Vietnam @ The Anam / Unsplash

20. Container Gardening To Hide Unwanted Views

A collection of containers can be arranged to hide things in the garden that are rather unpleasant to see. This is a temporary way to fix your garden while you search for other container garden ideas that would suit your style more in the long term. Different sized containers can mask anything from garden tools to large compartmentalized garbage cans.

Big flower pots in the garden
Big flower pots in the garden @ Internet

21. Planters Create Movement and Motion

The combination of textures, types, and heights of different pot plants can create a serene motion when greeted with a breeze. Container gardens don’t have to be stagnant. Tall, leafy, or vine potted plants are more likely to move graciously with the wind and produce calming rustling sounds as the leaves hit against each other.

Green Plants on Brown Clay Pots
Green Plants on Brown Clay Pots @ Daria Shevtsova / Pexels

22. Landscaping Indoors

A container garden doesn’t have to be limited to the outdoors alone. You can actualize your garden ideas by simply placing a planter under the mirror in the hallway, or on either side of the television. You can jazz up an empty corner with a larger-than-life leafy green.

The bedroom dresser or the bathroom sink can become wonderful homes for a small pot.

Plants in living room interior
Plants in living room interior @ KatarzynaBialasiewicz / Getty Images Pro

23. Entertainment Area

Passively displaying your creative ideas to your guests has never been easier! Transform your garden into something ethereal by surrounding your tea garden with a wide range of containers and pots, then complete the pairing with a few arrangements on the tea table.

Related article: Lake house landscaping ideas

Garden landscape
Garden landscape @ Antoninapotapenko / Getty Images

24. Tiered arrangements

This is a classic landscaping and interior design trick with potted plants to bring height to your planting arrangement. To make a one-dimensional yard become full of interesting features, place containers in tiers.

This could be as simple as stacking planters to form a pyramid shape, or using the natural elevations of your outdoor space. With floor standing planters arranged next to planters on, a step, an outdoor table or window box, your garden design becomes multi-layered.

planters in tiers
Planters in tiers @ Little Yellow House Blog

25. Plants For Decks And Pool-Side Shade

Large container plants are often used to provide shade around the deck or patio of homes. The benefit of using panters? They can be placed in hardscapes where no natural beds of soil are found.

This technique is particularly effective when landscaping around pools as the plant provides shade while the container keeps the plant from making a mess.

Planters by the swimming pool @ Internet

Landscaping with potted plants is a timeless choice for The possibilities when it comes to landscape design are fun and endless.

We hope that this article helped you get some container garden ideas for your home or for your landscaping business. Now it’s the time for you to stand up and move some pots!

If your business needs a little growth, Vietnam Creative Design Manufacturing can make that happen. With international distribution and fiberglass planters that are superior, we are ready to work with you on your landscaping project needs.

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