Creating a Potting Zone

Over the years I’ve gotten into gardening, there’s something special get your hands dirty digging in the dirt and seeing the vines you planted the year before take off and bloom. I love learning about what plants will thrive in my climate even with 100-degree temps. I’m also a massive fan of container gardening; I like having the ability to move plants around as needed and love creating a lush feeling patio with the addition of plants. This post is in partnership with Gardeners Supply, all words and opinions are my own. 

When it comes time actually to plant, that's when things fall apart. Because, I don’t have a dedicated planting spot in my yard to keep my small yard tools, extra soil, empty plant containers and misc gardening gear I’m usually looking all over the garage for everything. One of the things that have been lacking in my backyard is a dedicated planting spot. 

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I love keeping my old plant containers from nurseries to store extra dirt in, or start seedlings, however with the addition of our puppy it's been a challenge, an empty plant container stacked discreetly next our house quickly becomes Oliver's chew toy! 

One of my plans this Spring is to create a potting zone in my backyard, I love the idea of having a dedicated area in my yard to clean posts, hold soil, and a spot for my planting tools. This season we’re planting a veggie garden, which made the need for my potting area important. I have visions of myself checking on my little backyard crop daily and then washing off my goodies before bringing them inside. 

As I‘ve gotten more into gardening, I’ve been on the hunt for a potting bench that would hold all my gardening gear and give me ample area to replant. 

I recently added the CedarLast Potting Bench to my backyard. I placed the potting bench in our larger flower bed, it's the perfect spot and adds a pretty element to the yard. I also love that its near the outdoor faucet. 

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This potting bench is an incredible addition to our yard and checks off all the boxes: looks fantastic, perfect for holding all my gardening goodies and best of it has a sink and faucet! Yes friends, I now have an outdoor working faucet and sink! The faucet is attached to my garden hose; the water output is INCREDIBLE! 

I love the large sink, I’m able to rinse off planters and water plants before planting them. The large sink even has a drain and plug! Once our vegetable garden is growing lots of produce (putting it out in the universe we'll have a big crop!), I'm excited to rinse off our veggies in the sink before bringing them in the house. I also love all the storage on the bench; I'm able to hang my garden tools on the hooks. The bottom shelf on the garden bench has plenty of room to hold soil, containers and garden products. 

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What do you think of my new potting bench? 

Modern Container Gardening

The weather right now in Sacramento is beautiful; everything is growing like crazy, trees are filling up with leaves and flowers are blooming. Days like this have me excited to get off work rush home, make a quick dinner and do lots of yard work. If you caught my Instagram Stories this weekend, then you know we have so much yard work to tackle including cleaning up our patio and getting it ready for Spring. Also on our To-Do list is getting a new lawnmower since ours died.

One of the main reasons this time of the year is my favorite season in Sacramento is fully utilizing our outdoor spaces; it's like our home doubles in size which is a great feeling. One of my goals for our outdoor area is to make it feel like an extension of our home; I love the whole vibe of outdoor living. The thought of dining outside every night, weekend brunches, tending to my veggie garden (we're doing it this year! last year was a bust) and enjoying Spring days gives me all the feels. The past couple of years we’ve been slowly transforming our outdoor patios, adding both lounge and dining furniture. See more our patio transformations: How to Update Patio Furniture, Patio Updates and Our Summer Patio

I love for my outdoor space to feel lush and colorful; I add lots of greenery on my patio with plants everywhere. Planters filled with an array green plants enhance the look of outdoor spaces. I'm all for the more, the merrier! The Past two years, I've gotten really into container gardening, even planting two blueberry bushes in containers! I'm happy to report that 85% of the plants I planted in pots are still living and thriving. In fact, several of the plants I thought for sure were goners came back and looked better than last year brand new from the nursery. Here’s how my patio looked early last Summer, filled with plants galore. I love mixing up the height of the planters I use on my paito and I also love filling my BBQ Grill up with plants. 

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I love using modern planters to layer in color, mixing up the shape, size, and style add a sophisticated modern look in an outdoor setting. The fun thing container gardening is the ability to move plants around, of you, notice one plant needs a shady spot, just move it. I’ve had lots of luck planting various varieties of dwarf lemon citrus in large planters. I have a pink lemonade variegated tree just outside my patio door, and it looks perfect there! Container gardening is also a great solution of small spaces and apartments. 

I also think planters work great in garden beds. I add them to my garden beds to help disguise unsightly elements (like our sprinkler valves and faucets). Plus sometimes I  have better luck with plants in planters vs. the ground. Here are a few of my favorite looks for using containers in a modern way. 

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Whether your outdoor space is large or limited, container plants are a must for layering color. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Modern Containers including modern hanging planters for outside, a few of them I already own or planning too!

One can never have enough planters #TrustMe. If you’re in need of planter ideas for inside check out this post Oh So Modern Containers; this is one of my most pinned post ever! In need of more outdoor style ideas and DIY Projects, check out my Outdoor Style posts here

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GET THE LOOK: ONE Howell Planters TWO Modernist Planters THREE White Rope Planter FOUR Wall Mount Planter - LOVE! FIVE Juno Planters SIX Lineal Planters SEVEN Texture planter - great for coffee tables EIGHT  Iris Stand NINE Dundee Planter - several sizes TEN White Weave Planter ELEVEN Iris Planter** TWELVLE Lillie Planter THIRTEEN Riverage Planter AND FOURTEEN Grey Hanging Planter - I lvoe filling these up with overflowing flowers or succulents 

** Thoughts on the Iris Planter from West Elm, on the site the it starts outdoor use only - I have three of these planters and use them outdoors (when I purchased mine 2-3 years ago it said indoor/outdoor use), I think it will depend on the climate you have if they're able to stay outside. I do wash the outside of my every year to keep them clean and cover in extreme weather changes. In Sacramento we have very mild weather so it hasn't been an issue. 


Are you also a fan of outdoor container gardening? What are some of your favorite ways to add color on your patio or deck?