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 planter ideas and projects!


Built-In Planter Ideas


Built In Outdoor Planter Ideas

So until I get some built in outdoor 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‘.



Built In Planter Bench

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



Built In Deck Planter Idea

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



DIY Deck Planter

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



Deck Planter Privacy

Green Haven Designs‘ knows what you put inside your built in outdoor 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.



Built In Concrete Outdoor Planters

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



Outdoor Planter from Rail Ties

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



Open Concrete Patio Outdoor Planters

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

Moreland House


Bench with Built In Planters

Finally, we have a DIY outdoor planter idea 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.



Where to Buy a Planter Bench for the Built In Look

If you decide you would like to have a built in outdoor planter look, but would prefer to buy your planter, try this wood planter bench. It can be configured in a straight line or at an angle to fit into the angles of your space. It also has tons of great reviews, and free shipping.

Built In Outdoor Planter Ideas

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


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  1. Gary E. Hart February 4, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Really enjoyed these ideas. Thank you!

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

    garden design

  3. 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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