Deck Out Your Dock: 20 Container Gardening Ideas for a Dressed-Up Summer Landing
In the South, summers are spent on the water whether you're a lake or beach person (and everyone is one or the other, no argument). If you're so much a lake or beach person that you own a home on a beloved body of water, chances are you own a dock or aspire to own one someday soon.
The dock of any house on the water, no matter if it's a vacation oasis or one you're lucky enough to call home year-round, is a busy and much-used space. Especially in the summertime, when it's packed with guests, kayaks, fishing rods, floats, and more. And while a dock is a necessary luxury for any home on the water, it doesn't have to serve only as a home base for guests embarking to and from water sports. We like to think of a dock as an extension of the home, and it's our belief that any part of a home should feel lived-in, loved, and welcoming. The dock is no exception, so treat it as such! Adding a container garden is a way to check all three boxes with one weekend project.
If you're looking for container garden inspiration to spruce up your dock, we gathered 20 fresh ideas from garden experts and homes featured in Southern Living, covering the lakes of North Georgia to the coasts of Florida in the process. What is right for you depends on the climate of your area and dock's design and setting, as well as your style, budget, and lifestyle. Consider all of the above, then scroll on to decide how you want to show off in style this summer.