Buyers Guide To Large Outdoor Planters: Home and Commercial Container Ideas

Large planters are a unique way to add color and texture to any space. These large containers can be used both indoors and outdoors, in hotels lobbies, and on your front porch.

Large planters can be placed in front of windows or doors, line walkways, and add depth to gardens.

In this post, we will discuss some of the different materials available for constructing these large outdoor planters as well as their pros and cons.

We’ll also talk about how large and even extra-large planters can be used in residential and commercial spaces for best results when it comes to style and decor.

However, if you are all clued up on what to do with your planters, have a look at our best large outdoor planter collection for this year!

3 large pots in the colours of Belgium at Abu Dhabi
3 large pots in the colours of Belgium at Abu Dhabi @ JanBertrem / Getty Images

What are extra large outdoor planter sizes?

Outdoor planters come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from 12 inches to 14 feet in diameter. At Jay Scotts, our largest planter, the Wannsee extra-large planter, is a whopping 50 inches!

While smaller planters are good for no more than one plant, bigger planters are big enough for several plants, shrubs, and even trees! In fact, Jay Scotts offer planters of every shape in these large sizes, from our round planters that look amazing with trees to rectangular shapes that are great for hedgerows.

There are many different large and extra-large planters on the market that are appropriate for any project size – the only limit is your creativity.

For a deep dive into planter size specifications, have a look at our analysis on the best planter shapes and sizes.

Jay Scotts best large and extra large planters

Tips for large planters at home

Extra-large planters are a fantastic way to personalize your home exterior. A big outdoor planter also helps enrich the environment by creating a micro-climate that supports biological diversity and encourages wildlife. Here are 4 key large outdoor planter ideas:

1. Large planters produce curb appeal

Large outdoor plant pots are a fantastic way to give your home style that will last. Big outdoor planters can be used as part of a landscape design by lining your walkway or driveway with large pots. By leading the way with planters, your arrival home will always be full of botanical beauty.

They also work perfectly to line the edge of a deck, patio, or porch and create an inviting and lush place for dining al fresco style!

modular planters
Use big planters to cover the outdoor pool @ Jay Scotts

2. Hedges in a single pot!

One of the most popular ways to use large outdoor planter boxes is as a hedge. Big pots make it easy to add height and depth when creating privacy screens, fences, or other barriers on your property. For best results, you need a rectangular planter to create rows of foliage.

Here are our best planters for creating privacy! And here are some privacy ideas when using large commercial planters.

Murraya Paniculata plant in large planter
Murraya paniculata plants in a large planter to create a privacy fence @ Red’s Landscaping and Civil Website

3. Large planters become decorative urns

Big outdoor planters are the perfect way to add personality and design interest. Big pots can be used as the focal point in your landscape. The beauty of a large planter? You can plant a number of interesting plants and create a whole micro landscape in just one planter!

Vines, flowers, and decorative grasses are often planted in these big containers too. Try ivy plants with trailing leaves for an English-villa vibe!

pedestal Urn with flowers in green garden
Decorative Urn with flowers in green garden @ caughtinthe / Getty Images

4. Large-size outdoor planters are perfect for trees

Planting trees in flower pots is a very popular and beautiful way to spruce up your home inside or out.

In addition to decor, extra large planters that host trees can bring more life into any space by attracting birds, butterflies, bees, and other insects that would not normally come near a landscape with nothing but small plants included as part of the design.

Related article: How to grow trees in planters.

Montroy extra large planter
Montroy extra large planter @ Jay Scotts

How to use large commercial planters

Big outdoor planters can be used by the commercial sector for two purposes; as a tool to help create a more welcoming space and to increase the health and wellbeing of individuals. In fact, our large plant pots are found in the hospitality industry all over America.

Here are 4 ways that large commercial planters can improve style and hospitality:

1. Large planters are perfect for hotels

Hotels can use large pots to fill spaces with style, color, and life. Extra-large planters can be found in front of hotels, in gardens, and in lobbies. They perfectly fill corners or empty spaces on a property that need some personality and provide an elegant way to hide an ugly window to a back-of-house area.

Wide rectangular pots can help direct guests around the hotel too by lining walkways and adorning entrances. .

Big planters in a hotel lobby
Big planters in a hotel lobby @ Jay Scotts

2. How restaurants use large planters to delight diners

Big outdoor planters help restaurants create a welcoming and fresh environment for their customers. Big pots are used both outside and inside restaurants, sometimes they can even be found in the bathroom! A special feature like a variety of planter displays is a wonderful way to wow diners. They provide an area of beauty for people to relax in. Selfies are always encouraged.

Trattoria Il Calcio restaurant
Trattoria Il Calcio restaurant @ Archello Website

3. Why gardens and parks need large planters

Commercial spaces such as gardens, parks, aquariums, museums, zoos can be enhanced by the use of large plant displays. Big outdoor planters are a great way to draw people in and give them something beautiful to enjoy. This often adds value to the ticket price too.

In addition, a large planter, due to its weight and size, is difficult to remove and impossible to steal compared to small planters.

Giant Succulent Planter in Garden with near-black aeonium in center
Giant Succulent Planter in Garden with near-black aeonium in center @ kongxinzhu / Getty Images

4. Why retail stores use large planters

Planters can be found all over malls – from out front greeting visitors to indoor areas providing privacy between stores. Planter boxes can be seen lining the outside of malls to create a sense of enclosure for the customer.

An extra-large pot often features as a backdrop to clothing features at retail stores and also helps create an inviting atmosphere, which will encourage consumers to stay longer in the store.

apple union square san francisco
Big planters inside Apple union square San Francisco @ Dezeen website

What materials are used for large outdoor planters?

Planters come in a wide range of precursors, and these materials will change how they are used and their lifespan.

Big outdoor planters can be made of wood, plastic resin, metal – the list goes on! While I suggest you take a look at our full guide on planter materials, here are two types to consider:

Cheap extra large outdoor planters

Cheap planters made of materials such as plastic are fine for casual use but won’t stand the test of time. Usually, the first plant pot you buy from the nursery is made of plastic, but you will need to replace this quite quickly within a year, especially if the pot is large and the landscape is worth investing in.

Clay or stone pots are good for residential spaces where the owner has time to maintain or repair any damage from weather exposure.

big clay pot
Big clay pot @ monysasi / Getty Images

What are quality extra-large planters?

Large fiberglass planters are a popular choice because they can be made as large as needed and are very lightweight. Fiberglass planters also look very modern compared to stone or metal that might not fit all home and commercial decor styles.

Large resin planters like fiberglass are manufactured to be versatile, durable and long-lasting. The coating is also rot and weather resistant – no need to worry about rust or paint chips! This makes fiberglass the perfect material for indoor or outdoor use.

Outdoor large planters
Outdoor large planters @ Jay Scotts

Large size planters are a great way to add color and texture to any space, whether it be in the home, park, or hotel! Each pot plays its part.

If you’re looking for the perfect large planter that is durable, beautiful, and functional, take a look at our best landscaping planters for 2021 and 20022.

Or if you are wondering how we can help your planter business to succeed in bringing beauty to commercial spaces, indoor or out, check out what to expect from Jay Scotts.

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