Beautify your front yard and porch with these unique planter ideas. Inspired by real home gardens, there are lots of thrifty ways to add colorful flower pots and window boxes for a welcoming space.
For a creative, recycled project also see How to Make a Birdcage Planter.
Planter Ideas for the Front of Your House
These planter ideas for the front of the house come from home gardens I have visited. I like taking inspiration from simple, low-budget gardens so they are affordable and realistic and won’t break the bank.
While it’s not a favorite topic, when it comes to creating welcoming front yard and porch, one of the biggest obstacles can be theft.
We can put all sorts of creative decor, plants, garden art, and furnishings out, but, if thieves are going to remove them, it’s not worth it.
So, keep this in mind when making choices. It’s not always possible to stop it but super heavy items and affixing things in place can slow down the bad guys.
That said, if you cannot stand the thought of losing it, don’t put it out front! Been there, done that.
On a brighter note, it’s fun to make the front garden welcoming. And neighbors tend to like it because it adds to the overall curb appeal.
Have a look at these ideas and see what you can to for your front yard.
1Welcoming Front Walkway with Garden
I started with this one because it’s simple and really pretty. I love the curved pathway, the surrounding garden beds and the pots on the porch.
2Porch with Flower Urn
If given a choice, I would always choose one giant spectacular flower pot or urn rather than a bunch of small ones. Go big or go home! The porch at this house is simple but grand. The black of the chair and urn look really good with the white and wood. And the red flowers steal the show.
Here’s a close-up of the flower planter. It follows the fill-spill-thrill formula, with a tall spiky plant, flowing baby’s breath, bold red impatiens, and spilling lobelia, vines, and more.
- Red impatiens with dark foliage (Infinity Dark Pink
- New Guinea Impatiens by Proven Winners is a good example)
- Superbells Yellow petunias
- A variegated ivy
- Blue lobelia
- Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila) for tiny white flowers
The choice of sleek, modern black urns filled with deep velvet red petunias, tall grasses, and flowing vines goes very nicely with the new house.
The hostas and hydrangeas fill the space beside the walkway with various green textures.
Here’s a close-up of one of the planters.
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4Country Porch with Hanging Baskets
Repetition is powerful in a garden. Here the homeowners have lined the entire front porch with matching baskets of purple and white petunias. Sticking to one color scheme is an easy way to make a grand statement.
5Planters on Porch Steps
Again, keeping with a select color palette and selection of plants makes this simple arrangement stand out much than it would with a bunch of random plants.
6Hayrack Wall Planter with Coco Liner and Geraniums
You can’t really argue with the power of red geraniums (Pelargoniums). Surrounded by neutral colors, they make a lovely, eye-popping display.
Related: How to Grow Geraniums From Cuttings
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7Cone Planter with Blast of Color
Combining contrasting colors in one bold hanging basket is another way to declare summer officially under way. I love how it looks in relation to the simple covered porch on this old Victorian home.
8Front Fence Garden
This row of flowering perennials is very pretty both in the yard and from the sidewalk. The figures sitting on the fence, painted to match, add whimsy.
9Grand Entry Way
It’s not a front porch but this grand entry way is the equivalent at this house. The giant urns with red flowers and hostas, along with the big wooden archway and metal fixtures are most welcoming.
Related: 49 Hostas for Sunny Locations
10Hanging Baskets of Color
If theft is an issue, hanging baskets may be the answer. There are lots of ways to attach the hangers or chains to slow down nimble hands trying to remove them. The solid flower colors in these baskets look really pretty.
11Two Levels of Flowermania
This is the front of business residence in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. I believe they successfully follow my motto: you can never have enough flowers.
12Matching Wall Hangers and Urns
This one is a sidewalk cafe. Whenever something catches my eye and looks good, I snap a picture. Here, the repetition of the same petunias throughout the baskets makes a pretty, unified display defining the space.
13Window Box with Pink Petunias
I didn’t realize so many of these planters have petunias until I started writing this. But, they are a good reliable planter annual with blooms lasting from spring to fall.
I love a big window box that can be enjoyed both from the outside and inside of the house.
14Wood Window Boxes
Geranium power strikes again. Here, red and pink Pelargoniums stand out next to the buttery shed color. The same thing works at the front of the house: if you want something eye catching, choose flower colors that stand out from the rest of your paint and decor.
15Deck with Lots of Containers
More can be more! This back deck is lined with a window box, hanging baskets on shepherd hooks, and lots of colorful containers. Having everything grouped together not only looks great but makes it easier to water.
16Beautiful Blue Hydrangea
Sometimes the choice is, do I want the plants to be focal point, or the containers? Or both? Here, the blue hydrangea is flower perfection. The plain planter is a good choice to let the plant have all the glory.
Related: How to Change Hydrangea Colors
17Hanging Basket at Garage
In this sea of white by the garage, you cannot help but fall in love with this colorful planter. I try to use this same approach in my garden, placing each plant or group of plants where they can best be seen and enjoyed, letting colors play off each other.
18Hanging Baskets with Orange Theme
In recent years there are many more options for those of us who love unusual plant colors. Here the mini orange petunias are combined with red foliage and it’s just lovely.
19Shed Window Box with Big Simple Blooms
This shed is in a garden with mostly green plants. And that’s why those yellow flowers look so right: there is not competition. As someone who grows many (some would say too many) different colored flowers, I appreciate this artful restraint.
20Welcome Planter on Gate
Adding plants to unexpected places is another way to make an entrance welcoming. Here a quirky wood planter with a Welcome sign is attached to a metal garden gate.
21Blue Door with Hayrack Planter
This one is from my garden. Sometimes when it’s not ideal to attach garden decor to the main building, it can work to use a substitute. Here I took an old farmhouse door we found at the side of the road and added other items also found at the curb. I leave the petunias to self-seed each year and they have provided flowers for several years now.
Related: Farmhouse Door Garden Art Makeover
22Grouping of Odd Pots
These four different pots with different plants go so nicely together. I think the varying heights are key plus the plant selections follow the fill-thrill-spill formula. Nicely done.
- The tall, dramatic purple-ish leaves are elephant ears. They are tropical plants and available in various colors and sizes.
- Pink impatiens (or begonias, if you prefer) set off the purple.
23Window Box Up High
There’s always room for window box! Here it’s installed up above the door and looks really sweet with the half window above it. So long as you have a long-handled watering wand, you’re all set.
24Romantic Wall-Mounted Hayrack
The curvy shape of this hayrack planter plus the choice of plants go so nicely together. A series of these would look lovely at a garden wedding.
25A Place to Relax
And, finally, the most important part of the garden is the place you want to spend time in. So, make that front porch pretty but keep the comfy chairs for your favorite spot.
And, that’s a wrap.
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