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Spruce Up Your Porch, Deck, or Balcony with These 8 Planters

A tri-fold image of two terracotta planters, a black square planter, and a hanging planter.
CB2/Mayne/CABASAA

If you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor space or patio and don’t have much of a green thumb, an outdoor planter is an easy way to add some beauty without all the work. Planters come in tons of different styles and shapes, so you’re sure to find a few that will complement your porch, balcony, or deck perfectly.

Nothing can take a space from lifeless to lovely faster than flowers or some greenery. Even a single oversized plant can give your yard or porch a lush new look. If you want to try growing some things, you might even be planning an entire container garden in your head.

No matter what you want to grow or how many varieties you want to try, you need somewhere to plant them. Check out these stylish, versatile planters for any outdoor space.

Railing Flowerpot Set

A row of flowerpots in a rainbow of colors hanging from a railing.
KINGLAKE

These colorful flowerpots were made for lovers of all things cute and fun. The set of 10 gives you a whole rainbow to work with and way more décor options than an average railing planter.

You can display them all in a row on a fence or balcony rail, or split them up to add a splash of color in different places. Plus, the hook-shaped metal hangers mean no installation required: just plant, hang, and enjoy.

Hanging Planter Set

A hanging metal planter full of flowers on a porch.
CABASAA

For a more traditional look, you can’t go wrong with these classic metal hanging planters. The durable, powder-coated iron frame won’t rust or crack, while the natural coconut fiber liner helps keep plants secure and hydrated.

These large, durable planters will look stunning hanging in a row or paired on either side of a door.

Square Planters

Two large black square planters, one by a pool and one by a garage.
Mayne

For a more dramatic look, try these large square planters. They offer classic New England style and are made of tough plastic to withstand the elements—but they don’t look like plastic at all!

The design includes a built-in hydrating water reservoir, so your plants won’t need much attention from you. With this style, you can turn just one or two plants into a striking outdoor display.

Weather-Resistant Planter Set

Side-by-side images of greenery in a durable gray planter.
La Jolíe Muse

While all of the planters on this list are for outdoor use, you’ll want something specifically designed for weather resistance if you live somewhere with harsh temperatures.

Made of plastic and natural stone powder, these round planters can stand up to both extreme cold and heat. They won’t fade, peel, or crack, and you won’t have to move them inside when the weather gets wild. They’re still light enough to move easily if you feel like rearranging them, though.

Mini Planter Set

On the left, a single plant in a mini concrete planter, and on the right, a row of three mini planters on a windowsill.
Dahey

There’s just something irresistible about tiny things—especially cute little plants in adorable planters. If you thought tiny plants were only for indoor spaces, think again!

These fun mini planters are made of concrete and durable enough to use outside. The neutral-metallic colors are modern and chic and they come in a set of three. They’ll look perfect clustered on a patio table or growing a tiny outdoor herb garden.

Metal Planter Set

On the left, a pair of metal planters with tall bases, and on the right, a closeup of one of the planters.
FirsTime & Co.

If you like a more rustic design, these metal planters might be just your style. They have a weathered finish for that antique, farmhouse vibe, while the tall bases add a slightly modern twist.

This set of two large planters will give your outside space a fresh look with minimal effort. Plus, if you’re not into gray metal, they also come in bronze, red, or white.

Stoneware Planter

Several rust-and-white stoneware planters clustered in the corner of a room.
Rivet

For a different take on a rustic style, try stoneware. These planters have an ombré finish with an earthy, textured design that creates a handmade look. The rusty coral color is a great neutral choice, but you can also get the planter in trendy metallic silver or bronze.

You can choose from a few different sizes as well, so this is a great option if you want to group some different plants in matching planters.

Terracotta Planter

A pair of patterned terracotta planters next to an outdoor chair.
CB2

Terracotta might be the most timeless planter style of all. For a modern take on this classic material, try this tall planter with a whitewashed finish and geometric woven pattern.

It’s durable enough for outdoor use, although the relatively fragile material means you’ll want to bring it in the garage or storage shed during bad weather or freezing temperatures. This unique planter style provides a luxe look that’s sure to upgrade your favorite hangout spaces.


Whether you’re an expert gardener or just getting started, a few planters can instantly upgrade your outdoor space. And, as we’re already halfway through summer, you might want to check out some fall greenery and flowers to put in those new planters.

Elyse Hauser Elyse Hauser
Elyse Hauser is a freelance and creative writer from the Pacific Northwest, and an MFA student at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She specializes in lifestyle writing and creative nonfiction. Read Full Bio »

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