Things to Consider When Using Outdoor Planters

One way to give your garden a whole new appearance is to use outdoor planters. It can add style and give a modern look to your garden and even to your window sill. It can also add color to the facade of your home, walkway, patio, or to your backyard.

Where To Place Outdoor Planters

You can use any type of outdoor planters for your garden. All you have to do is match them with the right plants and put them in the right place. One advantage of using outdoor planters is that you can put them almost everywhere or move them in places.

However, large planters and commercial extra large round planters may not be ideal for your home garden or at the patio. If you want to put large planters on your patio, make sure that it is made of fiberglass because they are lightweight and more durable than any other materials.

Wooden planters should be placed in an area where it is not too exposed to sunlight and rain. For this type, you might also need to repaint it every year to prolong its life.


Outdoor planters can be made of different materials – fiberglass, metal, wood, etc., – and each of them has their own limitations:

  • Metal planters, especially the dark colored ones, should not be placed in an area where it can receive extreme heat or direct sunlight.
  • Wood planters are not ideal in regions that are infested with wood-eating pests such as termites.
  • You may not be able to sustain glazed planters in climates that has a wide range of day to night-time temperatures.
  • Terracotta planters may not also withstand certain range of cold temperatures. Although there are “frost-free” terracotta planters today, it would be best to check with the supplier to make sure.

Since large planters are not easily movable, choosing the right material is vital. In cold winter regions, large planters made of concrete, wood and metal are advisable. Terracotta and clay materials are vulnerable to freezing and splitting so as much as possible it should be movable.


There should be water catching devices on your outdoor planters to avoid water damage and maggot infestation. Putting plastic dishes under the container can help. But if you already have a planter that doesn’t have water saving irrigation solutions, it is ideal to place it on a patio to avoid water seeping out of your plant. Today, engineers have already resolve this issue by installing water irrigation on newer outdoor planter models.


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