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Decorate with Deck Planter Boxes

Updated on September 20, 2011

Deck Planter Boxes for a Beautiful Deck

Your deck is your outside haven. It's a place to get outdoors and relax. Of course, you can add color and enhance the beauty of this space with flowers and other small plants in deck planter boxes.

These boxes come in a variety of styles. Some will mount on the railing so that the deck itself remains uncluttered, free for seating, moving about, and other items like your grill. Other deck planter boxes sit on the ground and are perfect for decorating a corner, steps, and other areas surrounding the deck.

PVC and resin are durable materials that will withstand rain without rotting and won't sustain insect damage. They are also light weight and affordable. Planters made of real wood are often made from some type of cedar which is naturally weather and insect resistant. These can be left in their natural state or stained/painted. There are also durable, earth friendly planter boxes made from recycled materials and pretty wrought iron designs with Coco fiber liners.

If You Don't Find What You Want Here

If you don't find the deck planter box that you want on this page, there are of course many other options. One alternative of course, is to make your own. You'll have to determine the size and perhaps find a good plan. Most homemade versions are constructed of wood and will require a few tools including a saw and a drill.

Cedar is often a good choice and untreated lumber is preferred to assure the health of the plants that will be placed in the container. Of course, using a plastic liner can protect plants as well. After completing the construction, you'll want to seal the wood with a sealer, perhaps coating the inside with a roofing cement. You need to drill some drainage holes in the bottom and then line the bottom inside with landscape fabric to help the soil stay in place.

Plans for deck planter boxes can be found online, one such resource can be found here.


Real wood deck planter boxes are durable and provide a warmth and beauty that no man-made material can really duplicate. These flower boxes arrive unstained. They can be left in their natural state in which case they will gradually turn a silvery gray color. They can also be painted or stained to suit your individual tastes.

The planters featured here are made of cedar which is naturally resistant to insect or weather damage and rotting. The first is a 17" square box which is 15" high. The second, rectangular deck planter measures 37" x 19.5" x 21" and the thrid measures 21" x 21" x 19".

30" Deck Railing Planters

These deck planter boxes are simple and affordable. They are 30" long and require no hardware to mount them but stay secure even in high winds. They're easy to relocate, light weight but durable. Drain holes on the end allow excess water to drain and encourage growth.

These flower boxes come in two sizes to fit both 2x4 railings and 2x6 railings.They are also available in a variety of colors including Bone, Mocha, Olive, Terra Cotta, Green, White, and Terra.


The look of wrought iron with a coco fiber liner provides a natural look to any outdoor space. These deck planter boxes will fit on the railing and remain secure. The first item measures 30" long with a 29" planting space. It has a black powder coat finish and a coco fiber lining to keep dirt in place. The natural look is perfect for any outdoor area.

The second item is another 30" planter with finials and a more curved design. Both items come with all of the necessary mounting hardware.

With a more angular design and flat rods, the third planter measures 48" L x 8"H x 8"D, giving you plenty of space to plant your favorite flowers.

Recycled Material

These large 16 inch boxes are great for displaying your favorite blooms or growing vegetables right on your deck where you can easily care for them. These deck planter boxes are available in a wide variety of colors, just a few of which are featured here.

These flower boxes should provide years of enjoyment as they are made of recycled bottle waste and resist fading. They are an earth friendly option, and one that's especially attractive and functional. They won't rot, splinter or crack. They even stand up to snow, rain, sun, ice, and salt water as well. These boxes can easily be cleaned with soap and water but require no routine care.

They can be very attractive on decks, patios, poolside, and along walkways as well.

More Deck Planter Boxes

This round planter fits perfectly on deck railing. There are items available for both 2x6 and 2x4 rails. They come in a variety of colors including green, white, and Terra. Each has drain holes to avoid pooling.

The second item is made of durable PVC resin which won't fade, crack, chip, peel or rot. It can be paired with the larger rectangular flower box below which measures 28" L x 16" W x 19" H. The Chippendale style deck planter is also made of low maintenance, durable resin. It's a 15" square that measures 14" high.

The final item is another resin deck planter, this one with latice work on the sides. It measures 28" x 15" x 16". It also is cleaned by washing with soap and water, but requires no routine care. It comes with a 20 year warranty.


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      medo 6 years ago

      great article many thanks

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Very interesting and useful hub mulberry, I have a garden but also some planters and they are great to grow vegetables without weeds and insects. Rated up and useful. :)

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Awesome hub! I'm going to link this to my garden troughs hub! If you don't want to make them from scratch you may as well buy them!! LOVE the white ones from Amazon on here!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      I love growing plants in planters! Thanks for this useful information. I have several planters, mostly with herbs in them, but also some freezias!

      Love and peace