I would love to have my patio or deck encircled with built in planters. Hardscape is central to any good garden design, and frankly, I can’t think of a better project than a garden element that is a constantly changing landscape! Built in planters would make it easy to change your container plants with the season, experiment with new types of plants, and  even grow edibles close enough to the house to make it an easy harvest. All without having to haul out all the pots in the spring, and store them in the winter. Check out these outdoor planters ideas and projects!



Built-In Planter Ideas


DIY Outdoor Built In Planters

So until I get some built in planter projects on mine and Steve’s calendar, here are some inspiring ideas, and a DIY project or two to get you going on creating a permanent, but always changing container garden – built in! Photo from ‘Garden Club London‘.



HGTV‘ brings us this inspiring built in planter bench from the book, ‘How to Grow Practically Anything’. These wooden planters are perfect for getting your flowers, herbs and veggies to eye level. (And they are easier to care for too!)



From ‘Family Handyman‘ the deck of your dreams includes, of course, built in deck planters! This article has lots of great ideas for DIY planters and deck design. You can find tutorials here for anything from the planters to the deck to the steps and stairs!



Thomas Tree Carpentry‘ made these built in deck planters following the steps of a newly constructed deck.



Green Haven Designs‘ knows what you put inside your built in planters can make a big difference in style. This container garden is simple and minimal, but with real drama. As a bonus, the taller plants provide privacy for the deck.



900 House‘ brings us this contemporary garden… I like how the built in planter separates different outdoor room areas – good design!



Another built in planter idea for you – These raised wooden planters are made from rail ties, from ‘Garden Gurus‘…



From ‘Dwell‘, these built in planters are simply part of the poured concrete patio.

Moreland House


Finally, we have a DIY planter project for you! This Park Avenue bench and planter by ‘Concrete Exchange’ has detailed instructions. This is a high end detail for your garden, and the instructions are very thorough.


We hope you loved getting inspired by these DIY Built In Planters! Make sure you jump on over and check out our posts on Easy DIY Outdoor Garden & Patio Furniture and DIY Garden Retaining Walls!

Image Credits: Concrete Exchange, Garden Club London, HGTV, Family Handyman, Thomas Tree Carpentry, Green Haven, 900 House, Garden Gurus, Dwell



  1. jamal ansari July 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    garden design

  2. peter November 28, 2015 at 3:35 am

    the dracaenas and the “palms” with they “prickly manner”, radiating an uncomfortable atmosphere near the sitting places


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