How to Plant in Pots and Planters?

How to Plant in Pots and Planters?

Updated on 12th January 2022


Pots and planters are beautiful, convenient, and handy. And planter planting is surely on the rise. Learn how to master the subtle art of this subset of gardening with our guide.    

Why planter Gardening?

Planter gardening is surely ideal for people with limited space. But even if you have a huge and spacious garden, you may want to move your plants indoors for the winter, you will have to choose the pots. The perks of choosing this type of gardening though go beyond the obvious benefits. Among them is the option to control soil quality and boost a single plant as well as the option to add height and texture to your space, be it indoors or outdoors. 

How to Choose the Right planters?

Once you’ve decided to choose planter gardening whatever the reason, you need to start considering the details. And purchasing the right set of planters is surely on the top of the list. Here are some of the things you better pay attention to. 

Size of planters

Small planters are cute and very design-friendly. However, it is much easier to take care of plants in larger pots. The soil there stays moist for much longer, which allows for not so frequent watering and helps plants resist temperature fluctuations easily. At the same time, different plants will require different pot sizes. Those with extensive roots will only grow in larger planters and will struggle and die if you do not account for that. So, first, think about the space you have and the number and size of planters you will be able to arrange. 

Material of planters

Another key factor you need to consider is the material of the planters and the different types surely have both pros and cons. Surely, clay pots look better and bring a more stylish and classy feeling. However, they are more prone to damages during the temperature fluctuations, especially during winters. And surely you neither want your plant to freeze, nor your planter to break. That is why, you could consider getting plastic or fiberglass pots. Those have lighter weights. However, this could also break in cold winters. Wood, on the other hand, is more stable and also fits most environments. It’s best used for raised beds and could be designed and made specifically to fit your sizes. Its mere disadvantage is the higher price. 

Drainage of planters

To set terms straight, a planter without a drainage hole is called a cachepot. It can be used indoors if you want to make sure that you won’t damage the floor or the shelves, but you need to put another planter in it. Outdoors you better use normal planters with drainage holes and make sure they are big enough so that excess water could drain freely, but not too big so that part of the water stays in place and keeps the soil moist.  

How to Choose Plants for planters? 

Okay, you want to have a garden or a home full of planters, but you should choose the plants properly, as not all of them are fit for pots. Another key aspect is the variety. 


different kinds of herbs

Among the best plants to grow in planters are herbs. Especially during the colder seasons, especially indoors. Most herbs do not require big pots and if arranged well could look very elegant in your kitchen and bring some life and color. Among the most commonly planted herbs are basil, rosemary, oregano, parsley. If you want to go a step further, make some tags, and put them in the pots. 


If you have a balcony or some space for planters in the garden, then during the warmer spring and summer seasons, you could plant annuals. They are colorful, beautiful, and most often very easy to take care of. Annuals are usually bought and sold not as seeds, but as small plants. Here, think about the height and the colors. Arrange them well and water them regularly. 


The truth is that perennials are the plants most often grown in planters. They are usually considered a great addition to the interior and pots are chosen carefully to fit the style of the home. Most of the perennials grow very well in planters, if you choose the right size, and could become a long-term asset in your collection. 


What else to consider?


Treat choosing planters as a design decision! One of the greatest things about planting in pots and planters is you get to pick the colour, size and type of container. Think about what shapes, hues and patterns will best suit your space and consider all the ways you can match the pots and plants with your home or garden aesthetics.

If you want to emphasise the plants, not the containers in the design, go for natural and muted colours of pots. Pick vivid and colourful containers in order to draw attention to the planters, instead of the greens. 


soil and a plant

Planter gardening is an amazing way to bring plants home, on the windowsills, on the balcony, in a patio or alley. Basically, you can place them anywhere greens would not have natural access to soil. But that also means you need to go the extra mile to provide quality soil and amend soil conditions for your potted greenery to grow healthy.

Most container plants would thrive in a standard potting mix better than garden soil. Pre-mixed houseplant soil usually contains compost, peat moss, perlite and garden loam. They are light, rich in nutrients and have good drainage and water-absorbing properties. 


Watering garden plants is not the same as watering planter greens. Plants in pots hold less water due to the lower soil density and the limited amount of soil in the container. That is precisely the reason why it is considerably easier to kill potted plants by watering them a bit too little or too much. 

In container planting you can water with a hose, watering can or install a drip irrigation system. Finding the balance between how much and how often your plant needs to be watered and how much water your potting mix absorbs is essential. Read the label of your plants to get more information about any specific water preferences. 

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