Here at Inspired Home+Life, we love seeing flowers and plants in pots scattered or arranged around the yard. You can brighten up your backyard with a beautiful container garden. There are many different ways to make your space more inviting with a few simple container garden designs. Here we look at South Western styles, contemporary, rustic and Mediterranean for an array of backyard gardening tips and inspirations! Get creative with seasonal flowers, grasses, succulents and fruits and vegetables in your patio space. There are tons of options for achieving your perfect container gardening plan. Fill your favorite pot with colorful blooms and watch your patio space come to life! Container gardening is a great way to add to your landscape without having to plant in the ground. It allows you to be versatile and add a variety of colors, patterns and looks to your garden. These gardening tips can also be used to add height and different textures to your container garden. Container gardens don’t typically need a lot of space nor are big gardening tools required. Anyone can build a container garden and still enjoy all the benefits of spending the day in your yard!
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We love this large cobalt blue planter complete with matching blue birds. The wide variety of color in the pot will brighten up any yard! The great thing about planters like these is that you can move them around in your yard as the seasons change and you can use annuals in the pots to match the seasons. Plant tulip or daffodil bulbs for spring time blooms, then switch to multi-color pansies in the heat of summer, and finally add some mums in deep reds and yellows for fall. Container gardening is great for showing off the colors of all the seasons.
Add a little Terracotta container garden to your steps for the perfect Mediterranean inspired backyard. Plant a mix of flowers and ivy to achieve this look. We love the small saucers on the pots as a way to add extra detail. Make sure to add plants with different height profiles to add variety and complete the look. We’d even mix up the colors a little more than this inspiring picture by adding a variety of reds; from deep maroon to light pink and almost white. This color palette would add great style to the location of these pots.
Start off your first container garden with succulents. This stylish, wide-mouthed terracotta pot allows for three or four kinds of succulents. Try different color palettes and different styles; making sure to fill the pot with a variety of succulents to fill the space. Be careful when watering, in the fall and winter these plants are not in their growing season so they require far less water so you should allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
Add a pop of color with Black-eyed Susan flowers in a contemporary style grey container along your backyard fence. These flowers are like tiny rays of sunshine! We love the additional of the small purple flowers. You could add some herbs to this pot too, like parsley or cilantro to make the beautiful flowers serve a utilitarian purpose as well. We love the old horseshoe on the fence as an added touch to make the area more personal and unique.
New to gardening? Want to enjoy homegrown citrus fruit? Container gardening is a great way to start! This mandarin tree looks stunning in a large terra cotta pot. Here at Inspired Home+Life, we love seeing rows of citrus in pots. While the Meyer Lemon is widely known as an easy citrus to grow, we decided to go off trend and try the Eureka Lemon and Bearss Lime in our yard. Depending on your gardening zone, these trees can stay outside and produce all year long. We also enjoy garden designs using citrus trees with small annual plants sharing a pot. Container gardening also allows you the flexibility to experiment with shifting your citrus around the yard to the find perfect spot with optimal sunlight.
Different sized terracotta pots are a great way to add some texture and depth to your backyard space. Add grasses and flowers, water, and watch your backyard grow into your new favorite place to relax. The interesting look shown here is perfect for a corner or nook on your patio or deck. These three pots are set in next to an outdoor wicker couch on a tile patio. It is wise to use planter trays on this surface so any water that flows through the pot doesn’t stain the tile.
We love this repurposed look! Reclaimed wood is a fabulous way to display your favorite trendy succulents. Arrange freely and get creative! Because succulents can grow in a small amount of soil, this cool ladder can be used as a vertical container garden and mounted on a wall — these plants are perfect for this space. Make sure to integrate lots of different varietals so the ‘rungs’ of this ladder are each unique and interesting. The plants with their red tips look fabulous against the weather wood of this space.
Try something more bold with a large leafy plant that overflows out of the pot. The greenery here is both elegant and fresh. Side by side with this lovely fountain, the design of this space has a very Tuscan feel. The large pot in the foreground with the foxtail ferns fills the corner space perfectly, while on the other side of the fountain, the design includes a large potted tree with greenery draping from the soil. You could even add more natural plants to this space by lining the top of the fountain with small matching plants.
The backyard look here is complete with large wide container pots and matching arrangements along the beautiful stone wall. The contemporary look of these pots, with rocks as fill and bright red pansies is perfect for a summer backdrop to your yard. We love that the designers picked flowers in matching color to the bushes growing against the wall as the two colors compliment each other so well. As an alternative, you could use white and purple pansies which would work perfectly with the dusty green of the succulent and the bright red in the background. Smaller versions of these pots can also be used to surround the larger ones in order to expand your container garden.
Group a few smaller pots of different sizes and textures. The woven container looks great with the short green grass. Put these on your outdoor dining table as an interesting and stylish centerpiece — we love the idea of a live centerpiece as a way to bring it all together and keep your outdoor table looking fresh and natural. While you may be tempted to use cut flowers or even colorful annuals, the idea of all green in varying hues is very appealing.
Add some Earth tones to your outdoor area with these green and purple succulents. The variety of shapes and patterns look great in the off-white pot. These plants look particularly sharp in the white-washed terracotta part. The interesting thing about succulent container gardening is that you can have so many different sizes, shapes and patterns in one pot.
The gorgeous tall plants fit perfectly in this backyard nook. The color of the pots highlighting the dark orange in the wall creates a beautiful color palette. Options like this are great when you have a small out of the way area of your yard that needs a little something to fill the space. We would love to see some small white ground cover flowers in the pots as well to accent the light color of the yard. We love the two matching plants on the outside with the variegated leaves of the center plant adding a little contrast for the plants.
A large pot composed with different types of flowers is a great addition next to a comfy Adirondack backyard chair. Have a seat and enjoy the colors and fragrances of your container garden. At Inspired Home+Life, we love when the design of the pot includes some herbs. In the foreground you see rosemary and parsley, which when coordinated with the bright purple and pink petunias, add a great detail to this culinary pot.
The antique look of the rustic white flower pot above the contemporary grey pot creates a welcoming, and lived in outdoor space for you and your guests to enjoy. We love upcycling old buckets and painting or whitewashing them to use in your new modern yard. These two pots, places on the edge of the stairs coordinate perfectly. The tall bird accessory adds a hint of fun to the entire design.
Adding simple, large containers to your backyard patio can provide a sophisticated and elegant effect. Both flowers and greenery are used here to help fill out the pots. We love the way the small peach and orange flowers drape over the edge of the pot while the tall center plant stands out above the rest. You might be tempted to add a flowering plant in the center, but we like it the way it is shown here with the small flowers adding the color.
The classic flower-box shaped container will be sure to add some character to your favorite window. You don’t have to hang a flower box from your window sill to make a statement. The colors of the plant coordinate with the colors of the flower box and make this spot look terrific. It would be great to add a few small round pots near the planter to break up the rectangular effect of the box. We love how the color of the plants coordinate with the color of this home’s shutters.
Incorporate many different types of plants and flowers to create your own personal patio jungle! Spice up your space with shelving, an array of pots and plants for a touch bohemian in your space. We love the recycled rod iron shelf which now houses lots of small, interesting pots with succulents. Another great component of the garden is the over flowing white flowers which add a shock of white to the otherwise red and green toned area.
Stock up on antique terracotta pots to achieve this Mediterranean style oasis within your own backyard! We love the small bench which is a the perfect place to sit and enjoy a great book.
The close up on tiny yellow flowers show how intimate the container garden really can be. The ribbed terracotta and yellow color palette looks phenomenal.
The watering can looks great and serves as functional decorative aspect for the backyard space. We would love to use that watering can as a pot. It would look great with some small white flowers to offset the whitewashed look. We love the large black lantern with the white chunky candle as a decorative piece to accent this garden.
Grow your own vegetables easily in this modern black container. The pot doesn’t take up too much space and looks like it will yield yummy tomatoes for your family to enjoy all summer. We love adding planting both edible and non-edible plants in the same container because it makes your veggie garden look so pretty. Some plants actually help keep the pests away from your veggies; like planting marigolds with your tomatoes help keep the garden pests away and helps to prevent root rot.
Here’s another example of filling open, unusable space with container gardening. Pots along the wall add some charm to your backyard space. Fill the larger pots with leafy greens and the smaller ones with flowers. We love the shelf used for a metal rectangular pot for black-eyed susans and the top shelf for a large terracotta pot. The standing lantern adds a cool element to this small but unique garden.
The purple color scheme here is darling for any time of the year. Add a birdhouse and scatter the container pots along the steps for lovely outdoor display. We love that the gardener here used a variety of colors of purple — the dark purple pansies along with the light color plants in the foreground. The rod iron planting cart works perfectly to display more plants and a fun garden turtle.
This stone wall looks something so pretty with the red, white and yellow flowers. The pansies of purple and yellow add to the look. We love the chair which was placed there because it looks like a nice place to sit and relax. We love the variegated hosta in the mulch as the light color of the leaves compliments the white in the planter boxes. These dark rectangular boxes work perfectly to set on a narrow stacked stone wall.
For additional container gardening ideas, please see our gallery of 33 More Beautiful Container Gardening Ideas.
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