Plans to Make Wooden Planter Boxes


Container gardening beautifies decks and patios and adds interest to the landscape when mixed with plants growing in the ground. Building your own custom planters allows creative control over the finished product so it blends in seamlessly with the overall landscape design. Plan to use a rot-resistant wood such as cedar or redwood or to line your planter with plastic. Start with a piece of graph paper and a pencil, and remember the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once.”

Petit Window Planters

Build flower box planters from 1 to 4 feet long and 4 to 8 inches wide and deep to dress up the facade of the house. These are most successful aesthetically if painted to match or complement the color of the window trim. Drill 1/4-inch drain holes every 6 inches and fill with a soilless potting mix for a seasonal rotation of colorful annuals. Or, simply place potted annuals straight from the nursery into the planter to conceal the plastic containers.

Square Deck Planters

1- or 2-foot-square planters are ideal for single specimen plants, such as a flowering perennial or shrub. Plan them with short legs on the bottom, so there is space for a plastic tray underneath to catch water and prevent the deck boards from becoming discolored. Build them in a cube shape and finish the wood to match the deck. Orienting the side boards vertically with horizontal trim on top is a simple and classic design. Place them in the corners of the deck or flanking the entry points.

Raised Vegetable Planters

Build bottomless planters for vegetables to use in the garden. Or make the planters with wooden bases that have 1/2-inch drain holes every 12 inches for a deck or patio. Staple window screen over the drain holes to keep the soil from washing out. Vegetable planters are typically more wide than tall, and building them with legs allows easier access, especially for those with physical limitations. A minimum depth of 8 inches is needed for most vegetables, and a maximum width of 4 feet allows easy access from either side.

Heavy Duty Tree Planters

A hexagonal or octagonal planter approximates a circular shape and makes an effective focal point if planted with a single, small tree surrounded by a flowering ground cover. A planter of 3 or 4 feet in diameter can support a tree up to 10 feet tall — or use the planter to grow non-invasive clumping bamboo (Bambusa spp.), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 8 through 10. Use 4-by-6-inch lumber for the sides and heavy-duty galvanized lag screws to hold the wood together. Lining the inside walls with plastic reduces rot and helps to extend the life of the planter to give a tree the time required to reach a large specimen size.

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