A deck planter will spruce up any deck with color and life. Planters
are a great way to really make your deck feel alive rather than just an
And if you have already explored the other areas like the deck
benches section, then you know how well planters and benches go
Take a look at your deck and start thinking about the kinds of plants you think would go well.
If you simply want splashes of color then smaller flowers may do
the trick with a planter over a railing. Larger deck planters can
accomodate plants that give more privacy like small evergreens.
Be sure to read this article about How to Build Planters
Remember that planters can also be attached over railings for a
really nice touch. We have also found some manufacturers who make some
beautiful planters just in case you decide you aren't ready to build
But here are a few things you should know before you start building a planter on your own.
There are two common types of deck planters - those which have water
proof liners and those which simply hold smaller plastic containers.
A planter that holds the container inside it is less susceptible to
moisture problems because the moist soil never touches the inside walls
of the planter. Although you still have to have drain holes or spaces
between the supporting planks.
Whereas a planter that actually holds soil must be built with water
proofing in mind. The best kind of liner is EPDM rubber tacked in place
at the top of the walls, under the lip.
The soil will hold the rubber in place. But you still have to have
drain holes in the bottom of the planter and have corresponding holes in
the rubber to prevent your deck planter from turning into a swamp.
Be sure to put some gravel or small stones at the bottom of the
planter on top of the liner before filling it with soil. It acts as a
filter and keeps your soil from draining out with the water onto your
Another small but important point so that your planter lasts a long time...
Consider screwing in some adjustable metal chair legs into the bottom
of the planter. They allow for adjustments on uneven surfaces and
prevent wood on wood contact where water may pool.
Just a small point but it makes a difference over time.
Ok, have you got a free afternoon? Good, let's build a basic deck planter.