23 Ways of Using Flower Pots in Landscaping: Master the Art of Garden Decoration

Container gardening is the art of planting exclusively in containers instead of planting them in the ground. This gardening practice has gained a lot of popularity because it is friendly to our modern way of living.

Do you know that pots and planters are also great elements for decoration? No matter how much space you have, using flower pots in landscaping is an easy and versatile way to showcase your personal style. These garden ideas are a seamless way to mix and match countless combinations of pots with minimal effort to bring your elegant dream garden to life.

1 Recycling

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

2. Dramatic Effect

Trailing plants like cascading petunias paired with towering big-leaved, tall plants like Colocasia can create a gorgeous, dramatic appeal. You can also add the focal point at the end of the pathway by creating visual interest with an amphitheater-like setup of different plant combinations. To make a one-dimensional yard multilayered, place containers in a step-like arrangement.

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

3. Pathways and Trails

Place flower pots anywhere that needs new life. An array of potted flora placed along a path can give a graceful feel when walking through it, quite like walking through the countryside. Don’t shy away from mixing and matching as many different colors as possible!

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

4. Pots for Aquatic Plants

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. Aquatic Life

Give your pots new meaning by making it 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 containers or terra cotta pots, it’s the perfect canvas to go beyond earth tones. 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.

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

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.

7. Add Shape

Trimming evergreen shrubs into conventional geometric shapes like circles and triangles, you can bring an aesthetically pleasing balance to your landscape. The repetitive elements offer continuity when placed in a line whereas a space full of smaller elements will look unorganized and random. It is a great idea to add repetitive patterns to such space to bring harmony. The addition of shaped pot plants to the edge of an equally neatly trimmed lawn gives curb appeal.

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

8. Add Height

You can add height to your garden by stacking your containers above the other in a bricklaying or zig-zag formation. Just make sure that no plant is left in the shadows. Bright flowers and trailing plants are suitable for great vertical container gardens in a backyard or front patio.

Vertical container garden
Vertical container garden @ bluebird13 / Getty Images Signature

Another great vertical container gardening tip would be to plant herbs that don’t require much sunlight against a wall in the house kitchen or by the barbecue area for easy access to fresh herbs.

9. Dividers

Another landscaping idea is to add dividers. The repetition of a tall plant like an ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae in a row of containers can partition one space from another without disrupting the continuity of your garden. 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

Similarly, instead of adding a fence around the front yard, tightly packed dwarf Alberta spruce can create the desired effect of separating the front yard from the outside world without looking unwelcoming.

10. Border 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.

Garden decorating
Garden decorating @ Internet

You can also indicate an upcoming sharp turn by increasing or decreasing the density and size of the containers ahead.

11. Pots as Fountains

Pots and big containers are not only the house to your plants. Be creative! You can purchase a small pump online that can turn your planter into a fountain.

Pots as Fountains
Pots as Fountains @ aon168 / Getty Images

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.

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. The bolder, taller, more show-stopping the plant or the planter is, the better the view.

potted stairs
potted stairs @ Danny du Plessis / Getty Images

13. Balconies and Terraces

Not having a backyard or patio shouldn’t hold you back from having a sanctuary you’d love. 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 sight lines in the landscape.

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

An arrangement of the smaller herb containers makes for a stunning centerpiece at the tea table. In the house, succulents can be fabulous, low-maintenance centerpieces on the dining table. You can grow your succulents in multiple miniature containers or as a mini landscape garden in a bigger container.

15. Lattice

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

Lattice @ Mel Surdin / Getty Images

16. Border an Empty Space

You can just simply move containers around to paint a picture-perfect display. 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.

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. Patio Pillars

Wrapping pots in a spiral motion around a pillar breaks the monotony of it. A container with a curved side that fits perfectly to the circumference of the pillar can give the illusion that the containers have always been part of the plan. Trailing plants in these containers seemingly elongates the pillars elegantly.

Patio gardening
Patio Gardening @ dorioconnell / Getty Images Signature

19. Greenhouses

When running out of room in your greenhouse, placing a few containers is a quick fix to the problem while creating visual interest.

Beautiful herb seedlings in a container.
Beautiful herb seedlings in a container @ kcline / Getty Images Signature

20. Container Garden for 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.

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

Different sized containers can mask anything from garden tools to large compartmentalized garbage cans.

21. 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. 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.

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

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

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.

Garden landscape
Garden landscape @ Antoninapotapenko / Getty Images

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 house. And if you have some large planters, don’t worry. Arranging large planters might not be as simple as their smaller varieties, so start off with these creative ideas on how to decorate with bigger planters! Now it’s the time for you to stand up and move some pots!

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