Outdoor Rectangle Traditional Planters

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Outdoor Rectangle Traditional Planters
A traditional rectangular planter is good for displaying small plants. (planter image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Outdoor planters allow you to display flowers and other plants in places without any soil, such as on your front porch or a patio. Although planters come in different shapes and sizes, rectangle planters are among the most common. These traditional planters are made from a variety of materials blending with various landscaping styles. They vary in size from about 1 foot long up to 4 feet long or more.

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Depending on the type of traditional rectangle planter, it may need preparation before use. If the planter is made from brass or wood, it needs a liner to protect the material. Use a sheet of plastic or place a simple plastic container inside the planter. Check the planter's bottom for drainage holes, which allow excess water to flow out of the container. If there are no holes, punch three or four with a hammer and nails. Put a tray underneath the planter to catch the drained water. Before adding plants, ensure good drainage by adding a layer of small rocks or sand to the bottom of the container. Add potting soil and plants as if you were planting in the ground.

What To Put in Them

What you put in a rectangle traditional planter largely depends on the size of the planter. Most planters are best suited for small plants that grow up to about 1 foot tall. If your planter is very long, it holds a greater number of plants. Rectangle planters are usually too shallow for sufficient room for root growth supporting a taller plant. These rectangular planters are good for use as herb gardens, such as rosemary, dill, oregano and parsley. Some people like to use planters for annuals, because the soil is easier to dig and the planter itself is generally more accessible than a flowerbed. Try planting annuals like begonias or petunias.


Some rectangular planters are large enough to stand on their own on your porch, patio or garden. Gardeners often put small planters on porch railings dressing up the fronts of their homes. If you receive a lot of wind, anchor the planter to the railing. Display your rectangle planter in front of the porch hanging from hooks. An ideal spot for an herb garden planter is off the kitchen door or hanging outside the kitchen window. Placing the planters along the patio's edge helps tie a hardscape design with your softscape elements. When the weather chills, bring the outdoor planters inside.

Make Your Own

Make your own planter box out of wood with basic carpentry skills. Making your own is a good way to recycle used materials and apply your own creative spin to the project. The most basic design involves three larger pieces for the bottom and sides, and two smaller pieces closing off the ends. Instead of a single piece on the sides, use two or three narrower pieces of wood. Give a rectangle basket new life by lining it with a rectangular plastic tray.

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