Planter box ideas for not-so-green thumbs

by Afterpay
Jul 26, 2023      6 min read

Raising plants is a beautiful thing. And if you’re feeling the urge to expand your family beyond the few houseplants you’ve kept alive (kudos, btw), a planter box might be next.


As the name suggests, a planter box is a box to grow plants in. Rather than digging into the ground, you can set up a box and watch flowers, vegetables, herbs (and anything else your heart desires) grow.

With a planter box, you can create a thriving green space just about anywhere. So, if you’re ready to take the next step in your plant parent journey, check out our planter box ideas. 

Planter box ideas for every home

The beauty of a planter box is that there’s a size, shape and specification to suit all kinds of spaces, from small to strange. Whether the place you call home is a tiny inner-city apartment or a home in the burbs with a sprawling backyard, a planter can work for you. And no matter your gardening skills, they offer a manageable space to get stuff growing.

Beyond being a cool way to get your gardening on, planter boxes offer loads of other benefits. They provide pest control, promote sustainability, and open up the world of gardening to folks who might have physical limitations or a disability. 

With the right planter box ideas, cool things to grow, and a few simple tools, you’ll have a green thumb in no time.

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The many types of planter boxes

A wonderful world of planter box ideas is out there waiting for you as you start your gardening journey. And because many plants are pretty chill – loving to grow in simple wooden boxes, hanging baskets, air planters or plastic containers – we’re spoiled for choice in how to do it.

The best way to choose the right planter is to find one that works for you. So, ponder these things as you shop around.

  • Available space. Planters can squeeze in anywhere you have room. Your new plant’s home can be on the wall, hanging from the ceiling or a full crate on your balcony.
  • Sunlight exposure. Every plant variety has special requirements for sunlight, including full sun or partial shade lovers. Think about the planter placement and what that means for its sun access.
  • Time and effort. There’s no shame in low-effort gardening. In fact, some plants prefer the hands-off approach. Get realistic about how much work you want to put in. Pro tip: a self-watering planter is as simple as it sounds.
  • Growing plans. When you envision a thriving planter, what’s growing inside? Certain types of planters suit certain plants. And some plants need just the right amount of space to allow them to blossom.
  • Extra features. Fancy keeping a worm farm? Want a portable planter you can move around? Today’s options are jam-packed with features to suit your gardening goals.

Plant ideas for planter boxes

Congrats. You’ve got your new planter box. Now you need some low-maintenance plant and seed options to get it going. Thankfully, a whole range of easy plant varieties are just waiting for the perfect planter box to live in.

Florals for spring? A flowering annual (a plant that completes its life cycle in a single season) is usually resilient, requires minimal watering and is forgiving if you’re a little forgetful. Get started with popular planter box flowers such as petunias, geraniums or begonias.

Want to grow something you can snack on? Tomatoes are perfect for beginners, quick to grow, and you can score a simple seed pack for a super low price. Or zhuzh up your cooking with herbs and microgreens grown in your own backyard (or balcony). Basil, thyme, and rocket seeds are pocket friendly and perfect for planters.

Tools for planting planter boxes.

A gardener is only as good as the tools they use. And when it comes to planter box gardening, these tools make it easy and efficient. Ready to graduate from black to green thumb?

  • Hand trowel. Potting and planting is a cinch with one of these. Like a cute little shovel, it’s the perfect size for a planter.
  • Water supply. No access to a hose? No worries. This stunning copper and rose brass watering can is serving antique gardener vibes.
  • Gardening gloves. Gloves are a must to protect your hands (and manicure) from the soil. Get a good pair, and they can last a lifetime.
  • Hand pruners. Pruners — often going by their fancy name of ‘secateurs’ — are the special cutters you use to trim branches and keep your plants healthy. This luxury set of Sophie Conran designed secateurs is crafted from a single piece of stainless steel..

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Newbie plant parent or seasoned green thumb, our planter box ideas are sure to take your gardening to the next level. Expand your growing garden with a planter and make the shopping experience easier with Afterpay.

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