33 Amazing Decks With Built In Planters Ideas For Outdoors

33 Amazing Decks With Built-In Planters Ideas For Outdoors

Emma DowneyByEmma Downey
Updated on 8/13/2022

Adding  decks with built in planters to the design of your outdoor living space is an easy way to give it a more attractive appearance. When you put these planters in your backyard, on your deck, or your patio, you can increase the amount of greenery in those areas while simultaneously reducing the amount of space they take up.

33 Creative Decks With Built-In Planters

Because of this, the 33 built-in planter designs presented here are ideal for outdoor living areas on the more compact side.

33 Creative Decks With Built-In Planters

Consider taking on one of the projects with many levels if you want to get the most out of the space available. Do you want to spruce up your deck with some more seating but don't want to take up any room you may use for your plants? It would be best if you tried the built-in planters because they are both a highlight and a planter in one convenient package. Climbing plants are a lovely addition to a garden, and if you have a farmer with a built-in trellis like the ones on this list, you can cultivate these plants without needing a wall to support them. If you have a planter with a built-in trellis like the ones on this list, you can grow climbing plants.

33 Creative Decks With Built-In Planters

If you are working with a limited amount of money, there is no need to freak out because who can create most items on this list from inexpensive materials such as wooden crates and concrete blocks. If you do not have enough money to complete the majority of the projects on this list, there is no point in worrying about it. If you want your outdoor space to have a more natural and earthy vibe, one of the built-in planter ideas that use stones and pebbles is one you should try. They are appealing to the eye, practical in their function, and available at a reasonable price. Keep reading if you want to learn how to make each of these 33 homemade crafts by yourself!

1. A Patio Seating Area With Integrated Flower Pots

Bring your kitchen's traditional black-and-white tuxedo style onto your terrace to connect the two spaces. Take any spare posts from your deck fencing, cut them in half, and use the halves as the legs for your benches. That will help you get a more cohesive appearance.

1. A Patio Seating Area With Integrated Flower Pots

2. A Concrete Built-In Deck Planter That You Can Make Yourself

You may make a mold for the size of planter you want out of plywood and then fill it with a concrete countertop mix with a fast setting time. You may personalize your planter by staining it with a see-through color that goes well with the rest of your furniture and accessories. Mixing different types of textures and combining more traditional pieces, such as furniture and accessories, with more modern components is a common trend in outdoor decoration, as is the use of concrete, which has a sleek and contemporary appearance.

3. A Stacked Stone Planter With A Seating Area

Before you begin, separate your stones into three different heaps based on their size: large, medium, and tiny. Make the base out of rocks that are bigger and less appealing to the eye, and then layer subsequent rocks so that they cover up the areas where the stones from the base layer meet the rocks from the below layer. To get a more natural, unplanned appearance, combine stones of varying shapes, sizes, and hues. Mortar is not required for a wall with a height of fewer than 18 inches; however, for higher walls, it is recommended to either use mortar or a caulk gun to add beads of masonry construction glue between the layers, also known as courses.

3. A Stacked Stone Planter With A Seating Area

Before applying the mortar or cement, move the stones around and put different rocks in different spots until each system helps produce the appearance you prefer. Using natural materials, particularly those originating from the immediate area, is typical for deck construction.

4. Built-In Wooden Box Deck Planters

Around metropolitan areas, apartment buildings, apartment complexes, tiny patios, decks, and balconies can be challenging when maintaining one's privacy. These tall, skinny planters constructed from wood slats give visual appeal to a design thanks to their repeated horizontal lines, but they don't take up a lot of room on the floor. When you include the tall grasses, you will have a screen for your privacy that will still allow the sun and the air to pass through.

5. Flower Bed Featuring An Integrated Stone Planter

This lovely planter made of light stone has mortar in it, which frames the individual rocks; however, the mortar is not strictly necessary because the farmer is low enough that the stones might be dry-stacked instead. It gives a textural contrast with the fence, the stove, the candleholder, the grass, and the fluffy leaves that resemble the ferns that are on the plant.

5. Flower Bed Featuring An Integrated Stone Planter

6. Build Your Own Garden Seating Out Of Wood With Planters

This cedar bench, which features planters arranged in an asymmetrical pattern, was given a layer of varnish so that the grain of the wood would be seen. This approach makes it unpretentious, and natural appearance, and the staggered arrangement of the boards used for the planters contributes to the impression of openness and spaciousness. It is an appealing appearance that may go well with a rustic, seaside or modern décor, or it might fit into a look that combines styles. Either way, it is a fantastic choice.

7. DIY Rusty Metal Garden Planters

Some people believe that gardens in the United States should reflect the country's cultural past; as a result, they choose to place cast iron manual pumps and hand plows in the corners of their gardens rather than copies of Greek and Roman sculptures. These rusted pots are a representation of the concept. Recycled corten steel is used in the construction of the planters. This material may be acquired in rolls and then cut and welded by a metalworker or by the purchaser to build planters of whatever size or form they like. It takes three to six months for the exterior to attain a rusty look, but the interior is shielded from the elements, which ensures that these planters have a long lifespan.

7. DIY Rusty Metal Garden Planters

8. A Wooden Planter That Is Suitable For Places With Little Space

You may save time and effort by constructing this slim planter from shipping pallets if you have a limited amount of space, are looking for a modern method to conceal an air conditioner or garbage can that occupies part of your patio, or both. You will only need to add the boards at either end, the base, and a cap around the top. Applying a coat of paint, varnish, or stain to the surface will give you the most flattering look to your interior design.

9. Concrete Built-In Deck Planters With Staircase-Style Tiers

These tiered concrete planters might be the solution for you if your property is situated on a mountainside or hillside, if it has a steep slope, and if you enjoy the modern appearance of your landscaping. They may be used as a retaining wall, and by doing so, they remove the necessity of mowing an area that is difficult and could be hazardous.

9. Concrete Built-In Deck Planters With Staircase-Style Tiers

10. DIY Stacked Stone Plant Beds

Creating stacked stone planters in virtually any shape you can imagine is straightforward. First, select a spot for the farmer, and then, using a length of clothesline rope or a garden hose, form the outline of the desired shape. Use spray paint to create a decorative border around the perimeter of your object. Next, clear an area inside the system that is one foot broad and one foot long. You will need to pack down the soil that is now contained inside the extent that you have cleaned up to provide a solid foundation for your wall. You should use two or more tiers of planters if the region you pick for your farmer is sloped. To begin, construct the tier with the slightest foundation, then connect the tiers by slipping the capstones of the lower levels beneath the foundation of the next higher story.

11 Built-In Planter Half-Wall With A Bench

Consider building this long planter and seat against the wall to soften the appearance of a high wall or to conceal an ugly side of a high fence that belongs to someone else that you wish to hide. You have the option of either filling the planter with tiny trees and thinking about training them to look like espaliers by regularly cutting them, or you may try growing tall plants such as tree kale. If you want to grow vines that climb, you should also think about adding a trellis inside your planter, and this will allow you to grow plants that can reach higher.

11 Built-In Planter Half-Wall With A Bench

12. DIY Tiered Wood Planter Boxes

If you want to grow items like flowers, herbs, salad greens, and other veggies with shallow roots but don't think you have enough place on the ground to do so, you might consider employing vertical space. Utilizing two-by-fours, wood wall-shelf supports, and small cedar window boxes, you can construct a vertical garden that you will be able to attach to the cross supports that are situated on the interior of your fence. This Garden will allow you to grow plants vertically and be a beautiful addition to your yard. You have complete freedom to fill as many or as few of the vacant spaces that exist between the vertical pillars as you see fit.

13. Concrete Block Planter And Decoration

Constructing this planter out of concrete and half blocks will allow you to make a solid and striking visual statement with your Garden. Paint the blocks with a dark color, such as black or another color that is strong and dramatic and goes well with the rest of your design. Another option is to choose a color contrasting to black, such as red. Arrange the blocks in a visually attractive pattern by stacking them with the perforations facing upward. Place some of the total blocks, so they protrude forward from the front of the planter. It's possible that leaving some blocks with space between them might be the best course of action. After arranging the blocks into an attractive shape, finish the look by inserting planters into the areas between the unions and populating them with living plants.

13. Concrete Block Planter And Decoration

14. Planter Boxes With Climbing Trellis

This planter gives you a choice for an area in which you might wish for a privacy screen but where you also want to allow sunlight and a breeze to enter the room. That is the kind of space that could benefit from this planter. You may screen an area by putting up a row of planters down the length of the site you want to filter and then affixing lattice work trellises to the farmers to create the screen. It is possible to cultivate more flowers or vegetables in the front of the planter, and who may use the frame in the back of the farmer to support floral vines or vegetables that climb.

15. Planter Boxes That Are Incorporated Into The Patio

Who can set planter boxes of varying sizes and heights around the walls and railings that surround an urban apartment balcony or patio to create the illusion that the area is a part of an outdoor meadow or Garden? Who should fill the planter boxes with low-growing shrubs, flowers, and trees, such as dwarf varieties? You may build a screen with the aid of tall plants, trellises, and vines or hanging baskets with vines around portions you desire to cover; alternatively, you can use the planters to create an urban food garden.

15. Planter Boxes That Are Incorporated Into The Patio

16 In-Ground Deck Planters For Further Personal Space And Privacy

You have enough space to build concrete planters that are large enough to grow little trees in them if you have a backyard that has an enormous deck that you would want to screen. That is the case if you would like to filter the view of your backyard from the street. In the spaces between the trees, you may fill them with native shrubs or plants of a greater height native to your region. These should be the types of plants that you would typically observe growing beneath the trees in the gloomy portions of the local woodlands and forests. As a consequence of your design decision, your deck's aesthetic will be transformed into something reminiscent of an open-air clearing in the woods.

17. DIY Wood Crate Planter Boxes

To get the look of an asymmetrical statement, you must first decide how tall and wide you want the arrangement, then pick how deep and long you want each of the individual boxes to be. You will need to cut boards to the proper height, width, and length dimensions for each planter's bottoms and the sides of each section of farmers. Additionally, cut sufficient slats to the necessary length so that who may use them to make up the height of each planter's front and back sides. Nail the planter bottoms and slats to the sides of the frame in the right areas, considering how you wish to arrange the planters in the result. Planter columns or an arch fashioned out of farmers might be used as a passageway to a piece of your outdoor area, as a screen for personal isolation, or as a vertical herb or vegetable garden.

17. DIY Wood Crate Planter Boxes

18. Green Wall Backyard Planter Project

This Gro-Wall is a modular system for vertical gardening that can be attached indelibly to a wall or fence to create a green wall. Because it is modular, you will easily be able to construct a wall that is precisely the height and length that you require it to be. It can be a single-sided or double-sided structure; either way, it features an aesthetically pleasing wall of vegetation on either side. The watering system is housed within the modular modules and is meant to conserve water by avoiding and absorbing leaks. The system's modular nature accomplishes this. A wall with two faces would not only allow for the creation of a vertical gardening area, but it would also serve as a dense, aesthetically pleasing privacy screen.

19. A Built-In Patio Planter With A Seating Area

Make molds for the L-shaped bench's end support and corner support, as well as the planter it will hold. Again, make sure to pick a concrete countertop mix that dries quickly and select a stain that will fit your style and the décor of your home. Affixing the bench supports to the planter, a caulking gun, and some masonry construction glue will get the job done. Construct each length of the bench seat, position the straight ends of the bench in the slots, and then connect the mitered ends to the square of wood that crowns the middle support. Pillows are a simple way to bring a touch of coziness to any space.

19. A Built-In Patio Planter With A Seating Area

20. A Rock Garden Integrated Into The Design For Cacti and Succulents

A rustic patio side table has this planter running down the middle of the table. Who reused the tabletop from the two sides of a small box previously used for transporting artwork allowed each half of the table's top to be made using reclaimed materials. The short succulents take very little maintenance, providing a striking textural contrast with the smooth stream pebbles and the wood that appears to have been exposed to the elements. This table would be a great addition to a room with a southwestern or rustic aesthetic and a room with a style that combines contemporary and rustic elements.

21. Built-In Planter Boxes Constructed From Wooden Crates With Stepped Tiers

The construction of these planters in the form of crates is a simple process. You are free to combine ones that are shallow with ones that are deeper and to arrange them in either a symmetrical or asymmetrical pattern. You may build a railing by attaching them to the posts of your patio or deck, or you can connect them to the positions of your fence to make it more aesthetically pleasing or to hide it entirely.

21. Built-In Planter Boxes Constructed From Wooden Crates

22. In-Ground Planters With An Integrated Water Feature

Put this planter close to an above-ground or in-ground pond, equip it with a pump, a filter, some tubing, and some waterfall elements, and then position it in your backyard to enjoy the soothing sound of water falling. You'll have the perfect addition to your outdoor space, which may achieve a calming impact by including fish and plants that live in water. This planter has the potential to become the focal point of a garden that is dedicated to reflection.

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23. A Deck That Has Planter Boxes Built Right Into It

By positioning tall box planters around the edges of your deck, you may give the impression that it is a boardwalk through the woods. It is recommended that the farmers are elevated to a level that is only marginally higher than the deck's edge. Put some dwarf or decorative trees, floral plants, and low-growing plants that cover the ground in the planters. Using local flora from wooded areas would be a powerful recommendation for this style.

24. DIY Metal Tub Planter Boxes

Metal tubs are the apparent option to go when it comes to raised-bed planters. If you have any old tubs lying around, feel free to use them; however, you must ensure that they have not been exposed to any hazardous substances in the past. If you do not have any old ones, you may get new ones in various forms from the store. Who might plant them with flowers, herbs, or even vegetables? People who struggle with mobility will find that raised beds are especially helpful since they provide easier access to the plants, making it more straightforward for them to tend to the plants, select flowers for vases, and harvest veggies and herbs.

25. Convenient Planter With An Integrated Seating Area

This planter, which is fashioned from railway ties or sleepers, features an inviting seat that is symmetrically located in the center of the farmer. Compared to other boards, railway ties offer a striking difference in size and shape; nevertheless, you must ensure that the relationship you use for your projects is brand new and untreated. Creosote was applied to older ties so that they would be resistant to attack by wood-eating insects and would last longer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, creosote has a risk of causing cancer in humans and is not permitted for use in the treatment of any wood intended for residential use, including that used for landscaping.

26. Outdoor Space That Includes Built-In Planters And Seating

The rooftop serves as the setting for this outdoor living space, and plants are utilized to restrict the numerous areas designated for a specific activity. In the foreground, there is one concrete planter with a bench incorporated into the design of the planter itself. A pergola covers this area with a window blind attached to it, and the farmer supplies the vines that climb up the supports of the pergola. It could take some time, but ultimately the vines might be trained to climb up and over the pergola to offer extra shade for the area.

26. Outdoor Space That Includes Built-In Planters And Seating

 A second planter in the shape of a block "C" gives a quiet nook in the backdrop of a meditation space for a free-standing seat obtained second-hand and rests on top of a raised area covered in pebbles. Who designed the background of the room to encourage meditative practices. You can access the elevated platform through the ramp that is provided. It looks out over a planter that is not very deep and has a concrete and metal water feature with a waterfall that flows over it. The use of pillows contributes to the overall sense of coziness created by the setting.

27. Concrete Planters And In-Set Grass Patches

You might be able to relocate your grassy area onto your deck or roof if you use the advice supplied by this rooftop garden. You will need to cut the deck boards so that you are left with swaths of grass in the shape of circles or any other form you like. Small or dwarf trees, tall plants, and vines trained to grow on trellises can be seen hiding behind either white or marbled light grey pots. That results in the formation of a private area concealed from public view.

27. Concrete Planters and In-Set Grass Patches

28. DIY Wood Planter With Built-In Benches

This patio's furniture creates a subtle play on contrasts between light and dark, as well as between a natural, laid-back, rustic ambiance and a sleek, contemporary one. These differences can be seen in the furniture as well as in the mood. Warmth and intimacy, typical of a more rural location, are evoked by the contrast between the light color of the varnished wood on the planters and seat and the dark hue of the wood on the table in front of it. The black metal chairs, the two chairs with plastic seats and chrome legs, and the hanging light all have an aesthetic evocative of the 1950s. The combination of the light-colored, round coffee table and the light-colored wood seat with black cushions help to reconcile the two moods that were previously at odds with one another. Both of these items bring together quite different aesthetics.

29. DIY Tiered Wooden Corner Planter

You might try placing this tiered corner planter in the corner of your deck or patio that seems like it could need a little something to fill it in and could benefit from having something there. 

Succulents are a good plant choice if you want something that requires little maintenance; however, long grasses in the upper half of the planter would create a lovely backdrop for blooming plants, giving color to your area. Succulents are a good choice if you want plants that require little upkeep.

30. Terraced Garden With A Waterfall And Planter Tiers

A set of wooden planters, steps, and a slide is provided as an extra recommendation for landscaping a sloped area of your property. This recommendation comes in the form of an image. The planters, which can also be used as a retaining wall, the steps, which make it simple to care for the plants, and the wavy pattern on the blue slide, which can be interpreted as a waterfall while also acting as a play area for children. Who can find all of these features in the planter area?

31. Concrete Block Corner Garden Planter

A statement planter that is not only unexpected but also easy to manufacture may be created by stacking cement blocks and half blocks into an uneven mound with a triangle as the base. That will result in the finished product being surprising and easy to use. A deck or patio might benefit from adding this planter in one of its corners, and plants in small pots should be employed to fill the spaces.

32. Built-In Tiered Wood Planter Boxes

It is possible to enhance the amount of vertical garden space available in a pergola while also giving extra layers of isolation by alternating two or three trellis-like slats with a shelf for built-in pots. That is a terrific approach to accomplish both of these goals. In each bank, you can cultivate some herbs, some low-growing veggies, some floral plants, or a mix of all three types of plants.

33. Corner Planter Box With Climbing Trellis

Construct a square planter that will fit in the angled corner of your deck or patio, and then connect a trellis to two sides of the planter. The farmer will take on the look of a diamond as a result of this change. Trellis has an oriental appearance, which is suggested by the black lattice as well as the molding on the posts and the top piece; however, by selecting different types of wood, colors, and shapes, it could have a Victorian appearance, a coastal appearance, a Victorian appearance, or a contemporary appearance that is sleek and modern.

 May quickly improve the design of your outdoor living space in terms of its aesthetic appeal by using decks  with built in planters as part of the concept for creating the space. When you set these planters in your backyard, deck, or patio, you can enhance the quantity of greenery in those locations while minimizing the amount of space they take up in those areas. The 33 built-in planter ideas featured here are perfect for outdoor living areas on the smaller side for this reason.