These stylish garden planter ideas feature planting combinations that will take you from late summer into autumn. Buy trough-style planters or source old crates and vintage boxes to achieve the same effect. When the summer flowers eventually fade, simply pull them out and slot in an alternative such as an evergreen plant to see you through winter.
Large planters are multi-purpose, too. You can use taller ones with willowy planting to divide your garden into zones and create more intimate seating areas. They also work well slotted in adjacent to a hedge to add some colour and interest where there is no planting. Arranged near your porch they make a stylish welcome home too. Best of all, supersize planters look good with a mix of blooms or just one variety – whatever your preference, they work well.
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1. GO MODERN
In exotic shades of bright red, orange and yellow, the spikes of red hot pokers add a tropical mood to the garden that lasts from April right through to November. They love being planted up in a container, too. They look good on their own, but also work as part of a striking combo paired with purple, such as the lupins seen here in this durable poly trough from Harrod Horticultural. Positioned against a wall or fence, it will provide a focal point to detract from a dull boundary.
2. CHOOSE FRAGRANCE
One of the most welcoming sensations on arriving home is being hit by a waft of delicious fragrance as you walk up your path. Switch up your porch with a sleek black planter filled with lavender, like this one from Wayfair which comes with a self-watering reservoir for a low-maintenance option. Daphnes are another good choice as their delicious scent will envelop you and they thrive in containers.
3. CREATE ZONES
Choose tall planters and fill them with feathery grasses or bamboos to create height that is useful to screen different areas of the garden. Use them to create a secluded seating area or dining space, or maybe a place to exercise. As well as screening in the garden, this linear wooden planter box by Bel Etage is perfect for adding a focal point to a patio, terrace or balcony.
4. FILL IN GAPS
At this time of year, plants can die back in the garden leaving obvious gaps. Push a planter into the space then fill it with a mix of colourful blooms and you've solved the problem. This Rowlinson Marberry Wooden Planter is made from pressure treated timber, which means it's tough and durable.
5. LIFT A DULL SPOT
Long stretches of hedging or other evergreen planting often benefit from an injection of colour to add some interest. A large planter is ideal for this. The Harrod Superior Metal Planter in Heritage Green is one that will last and last. It's made from galvanised steel powder coated with colour and comes in a range of sizes. A great choice for planters is lemon achillea, which flowers from June to September and looks stunning. It's also good if you like dried flowers.