7 Things to Put in Planters Besides Flowers

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Planters come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, making them a versatile decor piece for your outdoor space. Typically, planters are used to hold beautiful flowers in the spring and summer months. But planters have a variety of uses, so consider some alternatives you can put in yours this year. Some ideas include:

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1. Vegetables

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While flowers are a visual delight, they don't typically serve a purpose beyond beautifying your space. Vegetables are another story — not only do the plants look nice, but they also provide delicious, nutritious food for you and your family to snack on.

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2. Herbs

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Like vegetables, herbs serve multiple purposes. They're nice to look at, plus they add flavor and texture to a variety of dishes. Having your own personal herb garden full of things like rosemary, basil, and lavender will allow you to easily up your cooking game.

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3. House Plants

Take your planter indoors and fill it with a house plant or two, like an easy-to-grow snake plant. This works well for small planters that have drainage holes in them already. If yours don't have drainage holes, make your own.

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4. Decorative Stones or Moss

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Instead of planting seasonal flowers in your planter, turn it into a year-round decor piece by filling it with decorative stones and/or moss. If you already have a rock collection, this is the perfect way to put it on display.

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5. Ornamental Plants

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Ornamental plants are those cultivated for their aesthetic value and nothing else. Flowers are excellent examples of ornamental plants, but they aren't the only versions. Bonsais, ferns, and palms are a few examples of non-flowering ornamentals. There are even ornamental cabbage and kale species that will add a colorful touch to your space.

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6. Faux Plants

If gardening isn't your thing, but you love greenery, faux plants are always an option. While some faux plants can look obviously fake (and maybe even a bit tacky), there are plenty of realistic faux plants on the market. Fill your planter with a faux plant for a stylish, maintenance-free home accent.

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7. Succulents

Succulents — think aloe, cacti, and the like — are some of the easiest plants to care for. If you want a real, but still low-maintenance plant, get a succulent. You can place multiple in one large planter or a single succulent in a smaller planter. Succulent roots don't like to stay wet after watering, so make sure your planter has drainage holes.

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