So last year, I wanted to do large flower pots on both sides of my garage door. When I saw how expensive large planters were at the nursery and Lowes, I almost changed my mind. Thankfully, IKEA exists. I found these large terracotta planters for $5.99.
I didn't like the terracotta, so I painted them black.
Then I filled the bottom third with pea gravel for drainage.
Fill with potting soil (I love Miracle Grow) leaving about 4 inches at the top.
Starting with a spike in the center, arrange your plants from the center out, varying heights and colors. I chose zinnias, fuschia, potato vine, petunias, verbena, and creeping jenny for my pots. Once I get the look I want, then I fill in the rest of the space with the potting soil. Doing it this way, saves time digging holes and creates a compact look.
Here's the finished product. I am all about symmetry with my pots, so . . .
here's the second one. Hope this inspires you that large flower pots can be done inexpensively. Tune in tomorrow, for some great ideas for planting large flower beds.