How to Use Decorative Flower Pots and Planters

There was a time when flower pots and planters used to be made of only terra-cotta material. Now they are available in different sizes, shapes and textures. Here are a few ideas to use decorative planters.

How to use decorative flower pots and planters

Create a consistent group

You can showcase a diverse plant collection by using several pots in a similar colour, material, or style without getting unruly. Mix succulents in different forms and colours, and to anchor the space use Moroccan lanterns.

Draw a Line

For a clean, modern look arrange containers in a straight row. To put an emphasis on repetition choose simple-leafed plants. The pots have to be about the same size and made of similar material.  

Pigment-Dyed Pots

Stain pots in colours that complement their contents for a bright look. While staining pots use materials that won’t harm the plants as terra-cotta is very porous.

Chalkboard Pots

By painting the collars of clay pots with stripes of chalkboard paint you can arrange seedlings and plants, and name homegrown kitchen herbs. Write the name of each plant using chalk after the paint dries. You can also make a note of the watering needs on the collars. With a damp cloth wipe the chalkboard clean.

Painted Flowerpots

Take a store-bought pot and give it a coat of vibrant paint. It will lend a pop of colour to your patio or porch. You can use oil-based enamel paints for a glossy effect. Depending on the hue use one or two coats. Holding onto the rim, paint the bottom portion. It will take at least four hours to dry. Then paint the rim.

Herb Pots

If you don’t want to snip the wrong springs name each of your herb pots on the rim using permanent felt-tip marker. These pots will make a charming little garden when clustered together.

Weathered Plastic Pots

You can mix pots made of different materials. For instance, terra-cotta pots will blend in well with faux-clay fibre-reinforced plastic pots.

Striped Terra-Cotta Pots

It is easy to make your old terra-cotta pots look new. Paint coordinating stripes on them. Mark a simple striped design on the pot using masking tape in various widths. Paint it using weatherproof spray paint on the exterior and the rim. After the paint dries, take out the tapes.

Stacked-Pots Planter

With tiered planters you can introduce height and structure to your garden. Use terracotta pots with drainage holes that can be arranged in descending order. The styles of the pots can be uniform or varied. To accentuate the tiered configuration select plants of various colours. For a hanging-garden effect use trailing foliage.

Mossy Pots

You can make mossy pots at home easily. Paint unglazed terra-cotta pots with beer, buttermilk or yogurt, and then rub with earth. Plant something and water them to keep the pots moist. They will look centuries old in three months.

Shell covered pots

You can cover terracotta pots with shells and they will look beautiful when kept on a study table or book shelf.


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