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Large Outdoor Urns and Decorative Planters

Updated on December 8, 2019
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Sharon is a human resources manager with a passion for reading and research and hanging out in her own backyard.

Garden urns or planters create very beautiful outdoor décor all year round. During those dreary winter months when the sun doesn't shine as long as we would like; its great to have an uplifting planter stationed on your doorstep to greet you. It's equally as nice to have a vibrant colourful display during the warmer weather.

Large Outside Planters

As a Canadian, I experience cold winters, that at times when the sun isn't shining, can be qute dreary. Decorating for winter is very popular in my neighbourhood and having a large planter full of evergreen boughs on your porch is common. This year I don't have one but I still enjoy admiring a beautiful winter urn even if it is not on my own porch.

Spring time is a different story. It's the time to plan for flowers and plant displays for the seasons through to fall. There are more combinations than I can possiblity name here, and with so many options to choose from you can create a unique planter of your own design. Just choose your favorite colors and surround them with greenery. However, first you need a decorative urn or planter to house your design.

Once you have chosen this planter the sky is the limit on what you can do to pretty it up. These urns are good all year round and can be decorated to suit every season. Let's review some tips for how we can brighten up the winter, spring, summer or fall seasons with a large planter pot.

Jumble of Geraniums! - Barrel Planter


One Type of Flower in two Colours

Nothing is simpler than an barrel full of your favourite flowers. Choose a combination of colours and just fill up the barrel! Here is a beautiful display of geraniums and its very simple in pink and white.

Barrels are very durable and will last a lifetime. I have used a barrel for many years and it will wear with age but still look very nice and natural. Are you looking for a rustic look or chic country? Then the barrel is for you. They are inexpensive too.

Planter with Class! - Upright and Draping Plants Combined


Tall Planter with Cascading Plants

Design with upright plants and plants that will drape over the side. A great idea is to use some decorative grass as the base plant and then you add your favourite colour of annuals for a punch of colour. This is a beautiful example of how a simple clay planter can be dressed up to impress.

Very easy to maintain and will last year in and year out. Easy to change up the plants if you are using annuals. I have many clay pots, they are popular and common; very easy to find in the garden centers.

Coleus and Ornamental Grass - A Winning Combination!


Decorating without flowers!

Ornamental grasses are wonderful accents for urns and planters. Grasses can create that drama that makes a planter stand out. Combine these grasses with the attractive and vibrant leaves of the coleus and you have a stunning focal point.

This planter does not contain any flowering plants but just look at how bright and gorgeous it is.

You can do so much with different plants that have colorful foliage and many of these types of plants are perennial so they will return year after year.

Container gardening made easy!

Purple Power! - Flowers and Foliage


Here is a colour of purple theme! Not just flowers but purple foliage too. Break up the colour with some greenery and you have a lovely display. This one is set in a white concrete type planter. The white stone complements the soft purple of the foliage and provides a nice contrast.

Winter Urns: You can have a display all year round!


Why Decorate for Winter?

Winter can be cold and drab and sometimes the working folk leave home in the dark and return the dark. Arghh. So just imagine a beautiful pot of evergreen on your porch to welcome you home. Yes, nice. Ahhh.

Many people buy their winter urns and they can be quite pricey. You can create your own very easily with free stuff. Yes, free stuff lying on the ground usually. I never understood why people paid for branches at the store when you can go into the woods and pick up branches and pine cones for nothing!

The one thing you will need to buy and should invest in really - is an urn or planter. A nice sturdy outdoor planter will last years and years and you can use it throughout all the seasons - not just winter. So invest in a fancy urn and make winter décor at your front door a tradition!

How to Decorate a Winter Urn

Winter Planter
Winter Planter | Source

Gathering Your Display Items

Flowers are definitely out unless you like the artificial variety but somehow they just don't look quite natural in the the dead of winter so your best bet is evergreen and lots of branches.

You don't need to spend a lot of money here just head out to your backyard. Pick stuff up off the ground. Yes! Pinecones branches, anything you see. Snip some branches off your evergreens; yes they could use a little pruning don't you think? Now that you can see the branches of your bushes give them a trim.

I have a very large, overgrown bush in my yard that sure could use some thinning out and what better time when you can actually see those branches! If you don't have a yard full of trees or brush, then head to the park. I am sure you know of a wooded area somewhere that can serve as your outdoor décor shop. I mean even New York City has Central Park, right?

Creating your Base

Now that you have gathered all these nature items from the great outdoors - what to do? In order to get them into some kind of neat arrangement you will need something strong to stick them in. Your urn has a great big hole in it that needs to be filled. Soil is fine but you can also fill this centre with sand or stuff it with floral foam! Alright now we're talking...

Creating Your Display

Take your evergreen boughs and fan them around the edges of your urn. Next take the branches and stick them upright into the centre. Use your imagination! Keep filling it till it looks the way you like.

You can attach pinecones with floral wire if you happen to have that stuff on hand. Yes, well maybe you don't but you may have some of those twist ties and if they are not the right colour just peel it off to expose the wire underneath.

You can also use one of those glue guns and just a dab of hot glue. Worse comes to worst; use some string or thread and tie them on. Just make sure you use a colour that is not obvious and blends in well.

Now to dress it up for winter you may want to add some simple Christmas ball ornaments just a few in a neutral silver or gold colour so it doesn't look too "christmasy" when Christmas is over. Try some ribbon in a winter blue, yes nice. String some white lights around your entire arrangement or just around the base where you started with the evergreen branches.

Making it Fancy!

Maybe you want to get really fancy - you can try spray painting your branches; white looks nice or maybe even silver, how about deep red - yes!

Just keep arranging and re-arranging until you find a look that speaks to you and makes everyone else suck in their breath and try to copy it. Good luck!

Greenery with a Side of Snow

Greenery with a Side of Snow
Greenery with a Side of Snow | Source

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Sharon Bellissimo

Do You Have a Decorative Urn Outside Your Door? - Or inside perhaps?

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      6 years ago

      We don't have one, but it's an interesting idea.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      I love to garden, although more in theory than reality. :) I am moving more and more towards container gardening and these decorative urns are a lovely addition to any home. Pinned to my garden board.

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love urns! I have a large outdoor style one inside my house -ehehe (It was from my shop :) )

    • TamsinY profile image


      6 years ago

      Amazing the impact something so simple can make to a space. Gorgeous!

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      These are super versatile! You don't necessarily have to have a plant planted in it. You can just put cut greens and decorations in temporarily, and these look quite elegant.


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