The corners of our gardens can feel unbearably unfinished sometimes.
We spend year after year preparing our personal landscapes for the summer, hoping to have each beautiful bloom tower up towards the sky.
In smaller gardens, it can be difficult to find the right space to put everything that you want to grow. But that isn’t the only issue. As well as finding space, you may also have trouble purchasing the right pots and planters to showcase your flowers, plants, and vegetable patches.
Here we compare 5 of the best planters for the corner of your garden, balcony or other outdoor space.
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When comparing, you’ll notice that we mention value for money, size and the advantages of the particular planter.
A natural-looking space saver for smaller gardens and outdoor areas.
First up on our list, we have the Corner Decking Planter from Wood-Shed Ltd. We’ve chosen this planter as our best pick for several reasons.
The most obvious advantage of using this planter is its design. The planter can sit perfectly in any ninety-degree angle of your garden, making it the best kind of planter to have in a garden with fences or sharp corners.
A lot of gardens in older rented properties have quite a small amount of space, where the garden amounts to a paved area with three corners and a gate – such an outdoor area would also benefit from a planter shaped in this way, because the design is unobtrusive, and you won’t be tripping over it.
The planter can also be separated into two parts, with a smaller rectangular planter measuring 34.5cm by 25.5cm that can be taken off the two-tier planter that measures 60cm by 25.5cm. It really is a well-thought-out planter.
Price-wise, considering you’re getting a two-tiered corner planter with the ability to separate the third area from the other two, we’d say the price is exactly right. The planter is also made from solid wood, and the screws included are weather resistant.
Additionally, this two-tiered planter comes pre-drilled for drainage purposes, so you won’t have to worry about your plants drowning in sudden rainfall.
- Perfect for smaller plants or flowers.
- Can be separated.
- Has drainage holes.
- Because the planter is made of wood, it could be painted to match a decking area or the colour of the fence around your garden. It’s a fairly versatile corner planter.
- Quite small – just 25cm high.
- Some customers have issues with the size of the planter. However, the planter’s dimensions are visible and you should check you’re happy with these before purchasing.
Self-watering plant pots that can be fixed just about anywhere!
Our value pick for this post is ORIMERC’s Plastic Wall-Mounted Pots. Barring the design, which we’ll get to momentarily, the value of these plant pots comes from the fact that you will receive a pack of two for the price you pay. Now that’s value!
As for the design, these may look like a boring, white, plastic plant pot, but wait – there’s more. These plant pots are self-watering; they have a small water compartment at the bottom of the pot, which is connected to the grow basket with a self-watering wick cord.
This is such a beneficial design for busy workers who find that they accidentally forget about watering their plants or aren’t sure how much water a plant might need. For example, succulent plants need significantly less water than many other types of plants.
ORIMERC’s wall-mounted planter comes with the fittings needed to mount it on any indoor wall. These include command hooks, threaded nails, and S hooks. For outdoor use, buyers may want to invest in the appropriate outdoor mounting accessories if mounting on brick walls or similar.
If mounting on a deck or porch etc., it should be possible to install this planter without any additional accessories.
ORIMERC also offer a 90-day warranty for their product.
For the price, you’ll receive two full planter pots (which include two outer basins, two inner baskets, and two rope wicks), four suction command hooks, four S hooks, and four threaded nails.
- Great value for money.
- Two pots for the price.
- Comes with mounting accessories.
- Great for kitchen herbs and succulents.
- Mounting accessories may not be suitable for outdoor mounting, depending on where you want to put your planter pots.
- Pots only available in white and may be difficult to paint to match the surrounding theme.
A multi-tiered planter that’s perfect for showcasing different blooms and plants.
Crafted from premium decking, this handmade planter from Ruby has four different tiers. All of the tiers are interconnected and cannot be removed from each other once constructed.
As a corner planter, Ruby’s handmade four-tier garden planter could be the perfect solution for a smaller garden. It’s not a large planter, measuring just 50cm in height and 60cm in width. As such, it would also suit a deck or a patio.
The issue with this kind of planter is that there isn’t much depth in each of the tiers for a plant to grow. You would need smaller shrubs, herbs, or flowers that don’t grow too much to fill this corner planter in the right way.
Overcrowding your plants can cause them to cease growing. We’d recommend growing plants outside of this planter if you’re unsure of the amount of space they need, and then transferring those plants into the planter once they’re fully grown.
Alternatively, purchase some pre-grown plants from your local garden centre and re-pot them into the planter if they are a suitable size. Despite the planter being half a metre in height, none of the tiers will have that much depth to them.
- Four tiers to showcase different plants.
- Great as a space-saver.
- Looks natural.
- Made of decking, so could be matched to your existing decking with some paint.
- Has drainage holes.
- Small areas for plants in each tier.
- Existing planter colour looks quite murky.
Crafted from decking, this three-tiered planter comes fully assembled.
Around the same price point as Ruby’s handmade planter from the last section, this three-tiered planter from CutnCraft offers five different areas for the budding gardener to plant their blooms and succulents in.
With approximate dimensions of 88cm (width) x 40cm (height), this planter might not sound big enough for a product that has five individual spaces. However, each of the five squares has approximately 24cm squared of space.
The decking screws used to fix this piece together are all rust and weather-resistant, and the seller highlights that their product should be rot and algae resistant for up to 15 years.
As mentioned, this planter is made from decking. That decking wood has been treated with Tanalith E, which is a water-based wood preservative treatment. When wood is treated like this, it can gain a slight green tint from the copper in the preservative.
CutnCraft also offer custom orders and are happy to discuss other sizes and shapes of planter.
The brand advises that this planter can be painted with decking paint. The only real issue that we can see is the false bottom in the base of the planter, which would take away a fair bit of the depth for your plants. According to the Q&A, this can be removed if a customer requests it so.
- Good amount of space for the price.
- Comes pre-assembled.
- Has feet to keep it off the ground.
- Drainage holes.
- False bottom takes away planting depth.
- Will likely need to be painted to take away the murky colour of the treated decking wood.
A simple but professional planter with a smooth finish.
The Rowlinson Corner Layer Planter has a smart look and a great finish. A lot of the planters on this list so far have rougher, handmade finishes – especially those that are crafted from decking. But this planter has a very clean look about it.
With a capacity of 45 litres, there’s certainly enough space for a few different flowers or a little succulent garden to be bedded down in this planter. The downside is that we can’t tell you the exact measurements because the brand doesn’t list them anywhere on their product page.
This planter comes pre-assembled, which should save you some time figuring out how to put it together. It also has a liner, but there’s no mention of drainage holes.
There isn’t too much more we can say, considering the lack of customer reviews, but this has the look of a premium planter without an extortionate price tag attached.
- Treated against rot.
- Professional-looking finish.
- Comes pre-assembled with a liner.
- Good amount of space at a 45-litre capacity.
- Expensive for a single planter with no tiers.
- No dimensions listed.
- No reviews at the time of writing.
Corner Planter Ideas
Now that you’ve seen our planter choices, we felt it would be prudent to offer a few ideas for your new corner planters. Planters are a great investment for a garden, but you may not be sure which plants to pot in them.
Containers and planters are all great for a range of plants. You can get away with planting seasonal, annual, or permanent plants in your corner planter and achieving a great look no matter what you decide to put in there.
In the garden, you could try a number of locations for your planter before you start planting. Corner planters look great on decks, patios, or in the sharp corners of your garden to fill space.
As for plants, well, that varies. It also depends on the look you’re trying to achieve! Planters look amazing when filled with a range of blooms in different colours. But you can grow most shrubs, perennials, and even some roses in planters.
We would advise looking at the rest of your garden and choosing some complimenting plants to grow in your new planters.
Indoor planters can be great for kitchens. Having a planter on your kitchen windowsill isn’t a new idea, but they’re still a great investment, particularly if you’re good in the kitchen and want to grow your own herbs.
You could also use planters like the wall-mounted one we’ve listed to hang succulents around your home. Giving a room a splash of greenery can make a space feel a lot more relaxed.
Try thinking outside of the box a little with your planter. You don’t need to fill every part of every section with plants to create a perfect-looking planter.
For example, try designing a mini garden space within your planter. A large rock with an indent could become a small pond, surrounded by tiny succulents and shrubs in your planter.
Melissa is a lover of quiet, rainy days spent indoors and the passion that seeps through the spoken word. She is a freelance writer who also teaches English, and believes that learning is a fundamental part of life.