When your garden needs some punch, containers can be the answer. Place them in strategic locations to draw attention to a specific area, such as the front entrance. At the home shown below, we set a large concrete pot in the middle of the flower border. When you stand directly in front of the house, the pot is centered on the door. Containers placed on both sides of the landing frame the steps.
We chose to use concrete planters because they looked nice against the brick facade of the house. Orange-colored terra-cotta pots would have clashed with the red brick. Before you select containers, take a good look at your house, making sure the planters you choose will complement the color and style of your home.
Containers are available in many different shapes and sizes. Think about how big a planter you will need, and select one that's the right scale for the site where you intend to use it. A tiny container on a large porch will have little impact. If you need a big pot, you may want to consider some of the lightweight products, such as plastic, fiberglass, or foam. Many of these new containers look good and are more portable than the heavy ones.
Wooden containers, which can be painted to match your house, are also a viable option. Their cost can vary depending on the type of wood, design, and quality of construction.