Flower pots can accumulate in your garden shed, taking up room you could use for anything else. They clutter the back corner of your patio, their clumped dirt needing to be replaced before they can take another plant. Besides, why would you want to use them, when new plants already come in a flower pot? Every spring, you line flower pots along the edge of your patio, and pile them in the corner once the flowers die. It doesn’t have to be that way. Planters can add something special to your property, creating eye candy that beautifies every season.


Entry Definition

You can use planters of any style to draw attention to the entry. Some homes, for instance, have side entrances. You may have a studio or workshop in the back, and want your students of customers to come around to that side rather than the front door. A beautiful, rustic planter full of King papyrus can create a visual lure to draw your visitors to the gate you want them to use.

Well stocked planters are very helpful in directing traffic in offices. Use them to designate offices or restrooms, or lead people to the reception area.

Create Destination

Don’t be afraid to add planters to your landscaping. Rustic planters made of railroad ties can create a focal point in your garden, drawing visitors to the back. This can open up space on your deck as you entertain.

Plants placed attractively around seating areas draw people to those areas, especially if they can get some shade. The scent of flowers will welcome them into your garden or home.

Direct Traffic


Planters carefully placed can keep people out of the parking lot or the lawn. They can create visual guidelines that show people where your space ends and someone else’s begins. You can use them indoors to lead people into the parlor or kitchen, or discourage them from entering other areas. The planters and the plants in them can add privacy and intimacy.

Reinforce Your Style

Planters can echo your sense of style. Modern planters, made of galvanized metal or slate, can add a chic look to your home interior or your office space. Rustic planters, made of cladding, can bring a windowbox to life, helping to create a country cottage look.

A set of matching planters can add an organized, formal look, with a line of matching plants rimming the pool or the sidewalk. Matching planters in graduated sizes can add a sense of order without the formal feel.

Large planters actually create a sense of space, making small spaces feel larger. A lot of little planters can make it feel cluttered, unless they all match.

Care of Planters

Once you purchase really nice planters, you want to use them year after year, rather than stuffing them in the shed. Empty them of soil and rinse them out. Then, scrub them with water with a little bleach. This will kill any nematodes or bugs. You can enjoy your planters for years, like this.