Creative planter designs give a patio creative life and an in-ground garden flexibility. By planting in containers, when one plant is in bloom, you can move the planter to showcase it; when its blooms fade, you can showcase another variety. You can build planters to create lush raised beds on the smallest balcony. You can even plant citrus trees in pots, allowing them to soak up the summer sun, then bringing them inside during cold weather.
Line a Walkway
Combing hanging plants with low containers to line the edge of a long concrete or tiled walkway. Use trailing vines in a variety of foliage colors, such as purple, reddish-yellow and deep green, for a living wall feeling. Plant low containers with bright tropical blooms suitable for the amount of sun the spot receives. Many shade-loving plants thrive in containers and contain vibrant foliage.
Create an Island
Place a large planter in the center of a small garden, surrounding it with smaller pots and in-ground plantings. Plant the large pot with a tree such as a lemon or orange; compliment the tree with rosebushes and hardy herbs in-ground; plant annual herbs and flowers such as basil and gerbera daisies in rustic terra cotta pots that you can remove before the first frost. Bring the potted citrus tree indoors for the winter; place it outside again the following spring.
Garden Wall Tableau
Against a weathered garden shed, place an abundance of pots on an equally weathered garden bench. Plant them with traditional rustic pot companions such as lavender and geraniums for a European countryside feel. Place a mirror on the wall above the bench and hooks for gardening tools on each side for a charming tableau. For another wall idea, hang pots along wood fencing in a sconce-like style. Plant them with trailing and fragrant varieties for a pleasant strolling experience -- try trailing rosemary and enjoy its woodsy scent and charming blue blooms.
Creative planters are a great way to draw attention to your favorite flowers and plants.