Add Curb Appeal with Year Round Planters

    These house owners added curb appeal to their house by keeping a manicured lawn and adding decorative planters to their front steps. (Photo: Drew and Merissa/Flickr)If you’re thinking about adding curb appeal to your house, you're probably planning to gussy up your front stoop or porch. And a big part of that is adding some planters. Plant stands and decorative planters are often used by home stagers to artfully accentuate architectural details of a house. Since the first impression of your house that buyers get is the view of your front entrance, hire a professional painter to repaint your entry door and then accent the door with carefully chosen planters. It's a smart move that increases the chance of a buyer falling in love with your property.

    Picking out planters sounds simple, but in northern climates with alternating periods of freeze and thaw, most stand-alone planters eventually crack with the expansion of the dirt in below-zero weather. The good news is that new materials have made it possible to leave planters out all year long.

    Here are 7 all-season, all-weather planters that are durable and stylish:

    The Round Fiberglass Roman Planter from QualArc will bring a decidedly classic and formal touch to your outdoor landscape. Made out of natural crushed stones that are reinforced with fiberglass, the pots are then coated with UV resistant sealants for outdoor use in any climate.

    The all weather Graset Plant Pot from Ikea is made from galvanized steel to prevent rust and is coated with a UV-protected pigmented polyester powder coating. The clean lines of this black pot are modern and would make a strong statement on a patio, poolside or flanking the front door. It's a small investment that could offer a great return in curb appeal.

    You Planter from Yard Art is an impressive 34” in diameter by 19”. Made in the US from recycled steel, this substantial looking planter is powder coated and comes in 8 standard colors and finishes. The 14 gauge steel is durable through freeze and thaw cycles, yet is half the weight of standard steel. The planter qualifies for LEED points for its use of recycled materials and low-VOC sealants, paints and coatings.

    The 15.5” square Miniato Gray Framework Planter is a lightweight, all weather planter, made from resistant resin. It will never crack in the winter or fade in the summer. This deep gray planter will even protect your plants roots with its insulating qualities.

    Although the round Madison Planter by Crescent Garden looks like terracotta, it’s actually made from a commercial grade poly resin plastic which is lightweight and portable. This durable material is weather-resistant and won’t crack, split or warp. The planter comes in a selection of sizes for great mix ‘n match options.

    The classically styled garden pots from Pennoyer Newman are made in New York from lightweight resign and pummeled marble and rock and then cast. They are amazingly lightweight, yet won't age or crack if left outside in the winter. There is a wide variety of classic shapes and sizes available from simple lipped garden pots to large stone “walls”.

    Linda Merrill writes for

    Updated June 17, 2018.

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