Use plant containers in the landscape

Plant containers can be round, rectangular, square, even diamond or triangular shaped. For landscaping purposes, the height can vary from 1/2 foot to 3 feet or more, as shown in the image above, courtesy of jo-h at The size and shape of a plant container can help to determine its best landscape function.

Direct traffic

Place two rows of tall plant containers of any shape but preferably the same design or material to mark-off a walkway. The container material may be clay/pottery or lightweight resin with a faux finish to imitate clay, cement or stone. Like airport runway lights, the plant containers can direct foot traffic to a destination, such as a pool or gazebo, through a flower garden, or to a preferred entryway to the house. Image courtesy of

Plant containers can be evenly spaced on one or both sides of a wide walkway. The containers can be large enough to hold trees or shrubs that could be decked with twinkle lights or the pot could hold an up light to help illuminate the walkway while enhancing the foliage in the pot.

Focal point

Use plant containers to create a focal point. A cobalt blue, urn-shaped planter that stands 2 or 3 feet tall could be placed at a curve or end of a pathway, in a wooded area or nestled amidst shrubbery close to the house. Even without something planted in tall, decorative containers, they make a statement. Indulge in uniquely shaped containers, like a contemporary fluted shape container that might look like a tall flower vase but is intended for outdoor use.

Try placing an urn or a wide diameter, squat planter on each side of the entryway. Filled with tall greenery and bright flowers like geraniums, the planters will be a focal point as they add to your home’s curb appeal. Plant containers could hold shrubs like columnar holly or juniper for a tall, slender accent, or slow growing boxwood for a traditional setting. Add low-growing trailing foliage, like ivy, around the base of the evergreen.

Fill empty areas

A well-placed plant container can fill a gap in the landscaping, like recently planted flowers or shrubs that are small scale for the area or perhaps the gap occurred when flowers, shrubs or trees were removed. A grouping of containers of varying heights, diameters or colors can be filled with flowers or shrubs to fill the empty areas. Image to right courtesy of images by Kevin Rosseel,

Display identical planters of shrubs or flowers on either side of the garage door. Window flower boxes can add charm to any home.