5 Tall Planter Ideas | Master Container Gardening With Tall Garden Planters!


As urban dwellers increasingly embrace the benefits of gardening, the demand for tall planters has soared. But figuring out what tall planter ideas work best for you is sometimes a tricky ordeal. That's why we've written this article!

Combining form and function, tall planters, also known as raised or elevated planters, are designed to raise plants and flowers off the ground, enhancing their visibility and creating a striking focal point. These vertical gardening marvels serve as eye-catching elements in various settings, from small urban balconies and cozy patios to sprawling gardens and grand entrances. As they come in a wide array of styles, shapes, and sizes, tall planters cater to diverse tastes and design preferences.

So, without further ado, let's get started!

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Why Are Tall Planters Beneficial?

To start off, let's first figure out why tall planters are so beneficial. By understanding these reasons, you'll be much more willing to spend money on tall plants and planters!


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The most obvious benefit of tall planters has to do with their height. Compared to smaller plant pots, a tall planter has a natural height and size that lends itself to various container gardening ideas.

Furthermore, there are also thinner tall planters that allow you to still get the most vertical impact out of a plant while still being relatively space-saving. As stated in the introduction, this is what contributes to the growing popularity of tall planters in urban dwellings--they allow you to get the most out of a container garden!

Looking for something a little smaller? Check out these ideas for shallow pots!

Get The Most Out Of Space

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As briefly mentioned in the previous section, a tall planter is so great because with the right shape and size, you're able to get the most out of gardening in smaller dwellings.

The reason tall planters offer an excellent solution for maximizing space utilization is because you're able to grow a variety of plants like hanging plants, trailing plants, and flowering plants in spaces that you wouldn't be able to reach with a shorter pot.

We All Need A Bit Of Privacy

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In this evermore connected world, sometimes what you really need is a bit of privacy. Though plants aren't exactly what comes to mind when looking for seclusion, it's perfectly possible to create your own little oasis with tall pots and plants.

When you think about it, it's not so surprising. Depending on where you place a tall planter, it's relatively easy to keep the outside gaze, outside. This can be taken to the next level by potting the right kind of greenery--we're talking shrubs, grass, trees...

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With the ability to accommodate a vast range of flora, including ornamental flowers, aromatic herbs, and even small trees, tall pots offer endless possibilities for creativity and customization.

With the right kind of planter material--we're looking at you, fiberglass--it's also possible to have tall pots used as outdoor planters. Just think of what you can do now? Flower pots on a front porch? A tall planter makes that all possible!

Save Your Back!

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Though not often considered, the height of tall planters makes gardening easier on the body for individuals with physical limitations or those who prefer to minimize bending and kneeling.

With a tall planter, tending to your plants doesn't have to involve stooping low for prolonged periods of time, and you'll be able to notice the physical differences it makes after a while.

These 5 large planter ideas will make container gardening even more accessible!

Enhanced Drainage

Tall planters, especially those made from fiberglass, typically feature drainage holes at the bottom. This allows for excess water to flow out easily, thereby promoting better drainage, preventing water-logging, and ensuring optimal root health. If that wasn't enough for you, the elevated position of the plants in tall pots also helps in avoiding root rot and fungal diseases caused by water accumulation.

What Plants Work Well In Tall Pots?

1. Short Plants

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These colorful annual flowering plants are excellent choices for adding a burst of vibrant hues to your tall planters. They come in a variety of colors and thrive in containers with good drainage.


Herbs like basil, thyme, and rosemary are ideal for tall planters. They not only provide a convenient source of fresh flavors for culinary enthusiasts but also add a delightful fragrance to your garden. How about potting these in porch planters to bring sweet aromas outside?


Drought-tolerant succulents such as Echeverias, Hens & Chicks, and Sedums are excellent choices for low-maintenance gardening in tall planters. Their unique shapes and textures create visually appealing displays, all the while, you don't have to worry too much about care-taking!

What's the best planter size for healthier plants? Check out our guide to plant pot sizes for more.

2. Medium-sized Plants

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Geraniums are popular flowering plants that thrive in tall planters. Their vibrant blooms and cascading foliage make them a visually appealing choice for adding a splash of color to your elevated green spaces.

Ornamental grasses

Varieties like Feather Grass, Fountain Grass, and Zebra Grass add a graceful and airy touch to tall planters. Their feathery plumes and gentle swaying in the breeze create a soothing and natural ambiance that is great for adding a bit of ambiance to a hotel pool.


Ferns, such as Boston Ferns or Maidenhair Ferns, are shade-loving plants that thrive in taller containers. Their lush and delicate fronds bring a touch of elegance and a sense of tranquility to any space.

3. Tall Plants

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For anyone interested in adding a Zen-like touch, Bamboo plants are great for use in a tall planter. However, as a word of precaution, you're best off going for clumping bamboo varieties for contained growth and to avoid invasive spreading.

Small Trees

How could we not mention trees? When anyone starts gardening, some part of them always harbors the dream of potting trees, and while it might be tempting to plant the biggest tree you can think of, start off with small trees for better results--just because they're called small trees, doesn't mean they're tiny!

Climbing Plants

Utilize trellises or support structures within tall planters to grow climbing plants like Sweet Potato Vine, Jasmine, or Morning Glories. These vines add vertical drama and floral beauty, cascading down from the elevated planter.

Get the best out of your blooms with this guide on flowers in large pots.

5 Tall Planter Ideas To Get You Started!

1. Privacy By The Pool

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Kicking off our list of tall planter ideas, how about getting some much-needed downtime by the pool? Though it's possible to go ahead and simply relax as is, what takes this area to the next level is planters and plants.

As seen in the image above, how about lining a pool area with fiberglass planters like the Perth Tall Rectangular Planter? These function well by the pool because they're tall and wide enough to provide some much-needed privacy. This is essential in such a space considering how everyone will be in swimming attire, and so blocking off the view from the outside is essential.

Taking this a step further, opt for plants like bushes, shrubs, and trees to really maximize that private feel--There you have it, tropical plants in an outdoor space that have a function too!

Want to make a bigger splash? Check out these ideas for a large planter for pool area

2. Frame Walkways With Large Planters

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Another way to use tall, large planters that will make the most of their height and size is to have them frame walkways. This is a great tool for use in hotels or office buildings, basically, anywhere you'd like to introduce bursts of greenery so as to keep the property from being overly dull and 'hard'.

As seen in the pictured image, this is possible with fiberglass planters like the Tolga Rectangular Planter. Essentially, all you have to do is place these large pots side by side and then plant whatever you fancy. You'll be reaping functional benefits from these large planters whilst still providing an area with a bit of curb appeal!

More on rectangle planters? Read up on these 6 amazing rectangle planter ideas.

3. Planters For The Front Door?

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Another great way to introduce curb appeal to a property is through the use of a front door planter. This is one of those tall planter ideas that anyone can try without much hassle, and it'll instantly provide visual interest to a space.

In order to do this, how about using an Alicante Fluted Round Planter like the one pictured above? Stylish planters in and of themselves, you can pot colorful foliage, a trailing plant, or whatever other plants you'd like to have by the front door. Now you can be sure that whenever someone enters your space, they'll be impressed from the get-go!

How do you actually fill a tall planter? Find out with this guide on How To Fill A Tall Planter

4. A Large Planter For The Front Porch

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Next on our list of tall planter ideas, how about bringing some greenery to a front porch? Front porch planters like the Wannsee Extra Large Round Planter are great because not only are they beautiful planters, they allow you to pot all kinds of different plants, making them perfect for use as front porch planters.

Considering the fact that a porch planter will be used outside, you're going to want to choose fiberglass planters for this job as they're able to withstand all sorts of weather and temperature conditions. This will make your container gardening much easier in the long run!

For more on the benefits of fiberglass, check out this post on our materials.

5. Plant in Three!

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Last on our list of tall planter ideas, have you ever considered planting a group of three?

As seen in the image above, there's something innately satisfying about planting in threes, particularly when you use a tall planter like the Toulan Modern Tall Tapered Planter alongside shorter pots.

The visual effect of this is extremely pleasing on the eye, as it exhibits real attention to detail and proves to guests that you take your time with landscaping.

Want more info on playing with shape? Check out this planter guides by shape to help you get started.

Elevate Your Green Space With More Expert Guide

Keep on reading for a treasure trove of guides that'll turn your living spaces into botanical wonderlands! Whether you're a plant parent at home or an interior design pro in a commercial setting, we've got you covered.

Discover the ultimate planter material that strikes the perfect balance of style and practicality - fiberglass planters. Lightweight yet durable, they effortlessly blend style and functionality. Crafted to withstand the test of time, these elegant beauties are perfect for any project. From indoor sanctuaries to outdoor marvels, fiberglass planters are the unrivaled choice for all your botanical endeavors.

From small apartment balconies to sprawling corporate landscapes, our expert tips and tricks will help you unleash your creativity and transform any area into a lush paradise. So why wait? Dive into our series of plants & planters guides, and let your imagination run wild with the possibilities of planters!