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Adding Planters to Your Deck

Jenn Tolson
August 7, 2020

Are you looking to turn your deck into a garden paradise? West Coast Waterproofing recommends adding planters to your deck for a fun, versatile way to decorate your outdoor living space. Start by choosing decorative planters that function as containers for your beautiful verdant indoor and outdoor plants.

Planters come in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes, and materials of construction. They can be highly transportable so that you can move them around on your deck to accommodate more or less sun depending on your plants' needs. You can also display your planters out on your deck during warm months, then move them inside for colder winter months. Because of their portability and versatility, they are an excellent way to decorate your deck space.

Choosing the Right Size Planter

Planters come in many sizes, from tall and narrow to short and wide. The height and width will typically determine the number and type of plants that reside in your planters. Also, consider where you will place your planters on your deck. You can hang smaller planters from hooks or perched on the deck railing. Large planters can frame doorways. You can also try grouping planters of various sizes to enhance visual interest in the corner of your deck.

Making Shape Matter

The shape of your planters can help you theme your collection of deck planters. You can choose round planters when you want your selection of plants to look the same. You can choose square or rectangular planters to line a wall or fill a corner. Mix a variety of shapes for a little whimsy or go uniformly for a more minimalist approach.

Enhancing Your Deck Space with Color

The color of your planters is the perfect way to add dimension to your deck decor. You can choose colors that contrast or complement your plants' foliage or flowers. You can choose colors that make your planters stand out from your deck’s color or your home’s side. Your planter colors can also blend in with the surroundings so that the plants take center stage. Let your imagination run wild when choosing your planter colors. You cannot go wrong if you stick to what you like and what complements your gardening aesthetic.

Selecting the Best Material of Construction

Choosing the right material of construction for your planters will enhance the appeal of your deck's container garden. Light-weight materials like plastic and fiberglass are easily portable. Ceramics are durable and brightly colored. Terra cotta is affordable and can be found everywhere in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Inexpensive pressed paper and coir are biodegradable and thus environmentally friendly. While metal, plastic, and wood are sturdy and long-lasting.

Adding planters to a deck is an easy way to pump up the decor in your outdoor living space. Coordinate your decorative planters with a variety of plants and small trees for a truly nature-inspired setting.