Greet your visitors with a stunning display of front door planters. From lush blooms and vibrant foliage to simple succulents, these unique planter ideas will give your home an inviting atmosphere while adding an extra bit of charm. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or more modern, there’s bound to be a planter to suit your style.


Installing a planter near your front door is one of the best ways to create an inviting entrance. It adds color and texture to the outdoor space, creates a sense of privacy, increases home value, offers an opportunity for personalization and creativity, and lowers stress levels (Chalmin-Pui, 2020).


Popular Creative Front Door Planter Ideas


Hanging Planters


hanging planters 

These planters are ideal for porches, balconies, and other outdoor areas with railings. Adding a few hanging plants can really brighten up your entryway while adding an extra touch of greenery. SWP hanging planters (made of stone, wood, and recycled plastics), in particular, are a great option for those looking for environment-friendly, lightweight, and durable planters. 


Wall-mounted Planters


wall mounted planters


Wall-mounted planters are perfect for narrow front steps or limited outdoor space. Some come with built-in trellises for climbing vines, providing a natural curtain of foliage that helps create privacy and adds visual interest.


Freestanding Planters


freestanding planters


These planters come in all shapes and sizes and can be placed anywhere in your entryway or porch. They offer the most flexibility when it comes to design because they can be rearranged as needed. Plus, you can easily switch out plants to create different looks from season to season. Metal stands, terra cotta pots, and wooden boxes are all great choices for freestanding planters.


Flower Boxes


flower boxes 


Flower boxes are great for growing herbs, flowers, and other small plants. Start with a classic look. Place it next to your front door or along the entryway for a warm and welcoming feel. Fill the box with bright annuals, like pansies and petunias, for year-round color that will draw in admirers from near and far.


Stone and Concrete Planters


stone and concrete planter


Stone and concrete planters are perfect for creating a more elegant look. Consider an ornately-shaped planter or one with a rustic finish. Plants love to be nestled among the stones and concrete, so these planters are sure to give your entryway a tranquil touch.


Vertical Garden


vertical garden

Vertical gardening is great for small spaces and looks particularly impressive when filled with cascading vines, vibrant succulents, or lush foliage (Jain & Janakiram, 2016).


Mix-and-Match Planters


mix and match planters

For an eclectic look, mix and match different sizes and shapes of planters. Create groupings of various colors, textures, and heights for visual interest.


Themed Planters


themed planters

Choose a theme and bring it to life with the right plants and planters. Whether you prefer coastal, rustic, or modern styles, there are plenty of options to fit your aesthetic. Stone planters, terracotta pots, and white-washed wooden boxes are classic choices for a variety of themes.


Seasonal Planters


seasonal planters


Switch out your front door planters every season for a fresh look. Consider adding bright tulips for spring, sunflowers for summer, mums for fall, and evergreens for winter.


DIY Planters


diy planters


Get creative with your planters by upcycling items you already have around the house or painting pre-made containers to match your home’s exterior. Plastic bottles, old buckets, and colanders can be transformed into unique planters that will make your entryway stand out.

Tips for Successful Front Door Planters


1. Choose the right plants for your location


The right plants depend on the amount of sunlight, shade, and wind your front door planters will receive. Do research before selecting plants to ensure they’ll thrive in their new environment. Here are some of the popular plants for front door planters:

  • Dahlia - You can’t go wrong with these colorful and cheerful blooms.
  • Lavender - A classic choice for a hint of fragrance, lavender also comes in a variety of colors.
  • Geraniums - These flowers are easy to care for and come in bright, vivid hues. Succulents - These hardy plants look great in any planter and require minimal care.
  • Ferns - Ferns are a great choice for shady spots and offer lush green foliage.
  • Carnations -  Another popular option, carnations are low-maintenance and come in a variety of colors.
  • Primrose -  Primroses are a great choice for creating bright, cheerful displays.
  • Daisy -  Daisies are a classic choice that always looks great.


2. Make sure planters have adequate drainage


Good drainage is key for healthy and happy plants. If your containers don’t have drainage holes, make sure you create them or consider using a planter insert to protect your plants from overwatering. You can also try an irrigation system to make sure your plants stay hydrated.

3. Rotate plants and switch up arrangements regularly


Rotating out your front door planters can give them new life and help keep things interesting. If you’re feeling creative, try switching up the arrangement of your potted plants every few months. 


4. Consider lighting for evening visibility and aesthetics


Adding lights to your entryway can instantly transform the look of your front door planters. Install a few solar-powered lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the evenings.




Front door planters are an easy way to add style and personality to your entryway. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can create a stunning entrance that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood.



Chalmin-Pui, L.S. (2020). Green front gardens reduce physiological and psychological stress. The Conversation.

Jain, R. & Janakiram, T. (2016). Vertical gardening: A new concept of modern era. Commercial Horticulture, 527-536.

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