Planter Design Ideas

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If you’ve been wanting to bring some greenery and flowers to your outdoor space, you’ll be happy to know that it’s easy to integrate planters into your home decor—and it’s possible to do so without sacrificing space or straining your budget. Simply keep reading to learn about some inspiring planter box ideas, plus expert tips to keep your plants healthy and your boxes looking like new.


Lubelia violet flowers and red petunias petunias in the flowerbed in the city

What can you put a plant into? The possibilities are practically infinite. Numerous household items will do, including plastic milk containers, aluminum cans, and plastic soda pop bottles.

Even bottled water containers can serve as planters, or you can use empty potting soil bags. You can also stack nursery pots to create a makeshift planter box—at least to get started.

Next, you will need to consider what you’ll use for weight. Materials such as gravel, rocks, and broken bricks work well as rubble to weigh down a tall planter box. You can even use broken-up concrete or ceramic pots if you can get your hands on them.

A mixture of materials creates diversity and can provide just the weight you need. A lightweight filler can include foam blocks or even bags of foam peanuts.


Planter Box with Purple, White, and Green Flowers

Like a  DIY garden planter, the design of your patio or deck planter should accommodate what you’re planting. Upright, broad, and trailing plants have different requirements, which you will need to consider when choosing a single type or planting them in combinations.

You can select plants based on complementary colors or contrasting textures, but if you’re still stumbling on specific planter ideas, you can consider adding the following to your outdoor decor:

  • ● Flowerpots: An urn type container is great for trailing plants, while natural-looking garden pots are good for edible plants mixed with ornamentals. Flowerpots come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can aim to match one with the color of a purple petunia or contrast a white hydrangea bush with a pale blue pot. Barrel planters are fine for leafy vegetables. Small planters can take the form of everything from wicker baskets to bowls, to fountain-like works of art.
  • ● Built-In Planters: Planter box design ideas include a planter bench that incorporates the planter into the ends of a deck bench, a raised concrete platform, stacked stone structures, railings planters incorporated into deck railing, raised beds, and so much more. Tall, narrow wooden box planters can add privacy. If you’re building a DIY wood bench, why not incorporate a planter? Other ideas include building planters out of recycled steel and plant beds out of stacked stone or incorporating long planters of different shapes and designs into an outdoor fence or wall.
  • ● Planters for Small Spaces: Don’t think you have room for a planter? Just look at your fence, entrance gate, or in corners, and you’ll see plenty of vertical space for planting. If you’d rather not build on to an existing structure, you can still have planters; simply choose hanging baskets and place them on a notched piece of cedar with a sturdy hook at its top for instant beauty that can be relocated anywhere and at any time you wish.
  • ● Planters with More than One Purpose: Even the smallest spaces can accommodate planters when they do double duty; a cleverly designed planter can display lush foliage as it hides unsightly areas like garbage can storage behind it. You can also grow food as you repel pests by planting certain herbs like lemongrass, basil, and rosemary.
  • ● Sunken Planters: This is an ideal way to incorporate greenery into any deck design for a truly unique effect. Simply cut your decking and dig beneath to make room for sunken planters with succulents or other floor-level plants.

Planters can line the walking path of your deck. You can also try tiered wooden crates or stone elements (tiered planters come in many forms) or incorporate water features into a larger planter.

Outdoor planter with green planting on the building

Your planter design can be the centerpiece of your outdoor space or be more subtle like a metal tub or modified flowerpot. However, before creating and installing one or more planters in your space, you’ll want to keep the following pro tips in mind:

  • ● Incorporate Planter Plans Before Building a Deck: You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by considering where concrete, metal, or wooden planters will fit into your deck before you build.
  • ● Don’t Overplant: You may want to jam in as many pretty plants as possible, but doing this will only cause crowding and stress that can kill plants fast. Consult the guide that comes with your plants to ensure you provide the sufficient spacing that will help plants to thrive.
  • ● Protect Your Planters: Sunshine, rain, and fluctuating temperatures can all wreak havoc on planters of every kind. If you’re building wood planters, ensure that all areas have been properly sealed to prevent the formation of mold. Metal planters can benefit from a coat of rust-proofing paint, and plastic containers can be painted to prevent fading.
  • ● Don’t Hesitate to Call a Professional: It’s great to have a lot of planter and deck ideas but, if you’re an amateur, your project can quickly become overwhelming. If things are getting out of hand, a professional can help you get things done in smaller and more manageable pieces, not to mention put their experience to work for you.


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Planters can add lots of character and personality to any outdoor living space. Capital Deck & Stair is not only trusted for professional treatment of walking decks, pool decks, balconies, stairways, and garage floors in Los Angeles, but we also offer professional installation of waterproof planter boxes.

Our home waterproofing contractors work with you to design boxes that are completely customized for your space and which will withstand harsh outdoor elements. We treat each box so that all of the flowers, plants, and shrubberies on your property retain the aesthetic value you admire.

Discover why we are the choice for a growing number of residential and commercial planter installation and waterproofing clients in Los Angeles and Orange County. Give us a call today at 424-339-0953 or request a free quote online at our website.

How to Create a Healthy Planter Garden

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At Capital Deck & Stair, we’re known for waterproofing and restoration services throughout Los Angeles. We also help install planters to enhance the outdoor environments of our customers’ properties. Planting a garden involves several steps. Here is a closer look at the process.

Find the Perfect Plants

Picking a lot of colorful eye-catching plants at random isn’t going to yield the healthiest garden. It’s best to choose plants native to your region. Also, some plants thrive under partial or full sunlight or in the shade or with more or less water. If you’re mixing different types in close proximity, choose plants requiring similar conditions.

Consider the visual appeal of your planter. If you want it to be bold, choose orange, yellow, or blue. For a more soothing vibe, mix reds and yellows or blues and pinks. You can be creative and sophisticated, too, with completely unrelated colors that complement your space.

Choose Great Soil

Garden plants thrive most in nutrient rich soil. Organic soil supports plant growth because it has abundant materials, such as grass clippings, leaves, and compost. Fungi and bacteria help maintain its quality too. For small containers, purchase a houseplant soil mixture, as ordinary garden soil is too dense, and pre-moisten it with water before filling the container.

Select the Right Garden Planter Box

The beauty and wellbeing of your plants rests on several factors here, including:

● Size: Consider the size of your plants and their roots. If the planter is too small, there may be less water, oxygen, and nutrients available. The planter should be up to 8 inches in diameter for plants up to 12 inches in height. Larger planters, of around 24 inches in diameter, should be used for taller plants of around 24 to 36 inches.
● Material: Brittle materials, such as clay or plastic, can easily break. Planter material can also influence how often you need to water plants. Wood is more protective against temperature swings and provides an attractive natural look.
● Drainage: Holes for drainage are critical, as waterlogged soil can kill plants. Some planter containers have holes. Others may require drilling. The holes need to be just large enough for excess water to drain.


Properly maintaining your garden planters helps keep your plants alive and healthy. These are some helpful maintenance tips:

● Prune Leaves: Remove overgrowth that can cause a tattered mess of leaves, stems, and dead flowers. Once your plants start filling in, pruning will help them thrive in their setting. If any become diseased, remove them immediately, as the problem can quickly spread.

A natural stone retaining wall with matching coping creates a raised planter

  • ● Remove Weeds: Mulches and coverings can suppress weed growth. When weeds start growing, the most effective solution is to pull them out. Weeds with deep roots may need to be dug out. Or, you can do weekly cutting to keep them in check.
  • ● Waterproofing: Garden planters, especially those made of wood, can decay, crack, and fail without being waterproofed. A waterproof coating will make your planter more durable so you can keep your plants healthy.

Call for Planter Installation and Waterproofing

If you’re starting a garden, Capital Deck & Stair can transform your outdoor space by installing raised or below-grade planters; waterproof planter foundations and other structures can be installed as well. We even waterproof our customers’ planters to maintain their integrity. Call us at 424-339-0953 to learn more.

5 Home Improvement Projects to Put on Your To-Do List for 2021

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It’s already time to start planning for 2021. With a new beginning, home improvement is on many homeowners’ minds. Spending on big project remodels was up 4% in 2019, while small project spending rose 7%. Even higher growth is expected for 2020.1 From creating a garden to improving your garage flooring, here are some ideas if you’re considering a home remodel this upcoming year.

1. Tend to the Greenery

Even if you don’t have gardening experience, bringing nature to your home can be rewarding. You can beautify your space inside and out in simple ways. These are just some projects that can achieve such a goal:

  • Raised garden beds: A garden bed avoids the hassles of preparing ground soil; with an above-ground garden box, you can choose the dirt, fertilizer, and plants.
  • Flower boxes near windows: Perhaps you’re updating windows or adding shutters; why not add flower boxes? It’s great for add curb appeal and to show you appreciate nature.
  • Trim shrubbery: Pruning trees and shrubs gets rid of overgrown branches that can make quite a mess. It is also good for plant health, not to mention property value.

2. Remodel Your Entryway

Focusing on the front door can yield improvement without extensive home remodeling. After all, it’s generally the first thing visitors see. Revamp the design with a new door or repaint your old one. Decorative trims, molding, new hardware, illumination, and even a new house number can make a big difference. If possible, refurbish the front porch, but, if space is tight, add a portico for attractive detail.

3. Update the Lighting

If your fixtures are old and outdated, install newer, more efficient ones. You can also illuminate the exterior to highlight your home’s façade or boost security. It can be a DIY job if your wiring is up to date. But if not, hire an electrician to ensure your breakers, outlets, and wiring can handle the load and to avoid expensive hassles later.

4. Open Up the Space

If your home has a lot of non-load-bearing walls, switching to an open floor plan may be a great project. Always consult with a contractor first to avoid disasters such as cave-ins and collapses. When it’s practical to remove walls, professional help improves safety, as drywall and other materials can be difficult and dangerous to get rid of.

5. Fix Up the Garage

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A garage remodel is one of the best home improvement projects. It provides the opportunity to refresh an underutilized space. If tools, equipment, and old belongings have piled up, have a garage sale or donate them. Removing the clutter makes room for an office, entertainment area, or playroom. The project also devotes time to maintenance, from lubricating garage door springs and rollers to restoring the floor.

Update Your Garage Flooring with Capital Deck & Stair

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8 Tips for Getting Your Planters Summer-Ready

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Many homeowners like to spruce up their outdoor patios, porches, and decks using outdoor planters. Planters can include a wide range of sizes and styles of containers that make it perfect for growing flowers, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and other greenery. Some popular varieties include self-watering planters and wall planters.

Each year, it is essential to prepare your planters and ensure they are summer-ready. There are many tasks that are involved in making your planters look great. To help you get started, we are excited to share the following tips and ideas.

1. Waterproof Your Planters

Whether you have wood, concrete, or ceramic planters, it is essential to make sure they are properly sealed and waterproofed. Waterproofing helps protect the plants against the outdoor elements. Rain, wind, sprinklers, and plant watering can cause the interior of the planters to degrade. For example, not waterproofing wood planters can lead to wood rot.

2. Make Sure Your Planters Have Proper Drainage

Planters need to have drainage holes in them so that they do not hold excess water. Excess water can be an issue for the plants since their roots will be flooded. Additionally, too much water in the planter can damage the planter itself.

3. Customize Your Planters

You can paint or stain the exterior of your planters to personalize them to suit your tastes and outdoor décor. For concrete planters, there are different colors of epoxy coatings that are easy to apply and remain on them better than paint. Paint will absorb into the concrete, so the finished appearance may not match the color you desired.

4. Remove All Dirt and Dead Vegetation

If you are reusing your planters from last year, the first thing you need to do before waterproofing is to remove all dirt and dead plants. Once the planters are emptied, clean the inside to remove excess dirt before waterproofing.

5. Get Cracked Planters Repaired

Instead of having to replace a cracked planter, you might be able to have it repaired. There are different methods that could be used to restore the appearance of the planter. For example, concrete planters can have cracks, chips, and other damage repaired using the appropriate maintenance products.

6. Choose Your Plants

Once your planters are prepped and ready to go, the next thing you need to decide is what types of plants you want. You could choose from herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and small shrubs. When selecting plants, try to choose ones that will thrive in your area. For instance, tomatoes are hardy in many climates.

You should also think about whether you want to add some color with flowering plants. Some flowering plants do well with herbs and vegetables, as do sunflowers. Plus, you get the added benefit of sunflower seeds you can dry and eat.

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7. Get the Right Garden Accessories

Verify you have the right garden accessories for the plants you are growing. You often need different types of soil, fertilizers, and nutrients for different plants. You may also need to apply a layer of substrate (pebbles, sand, etc.) to the bottom of the planter to help with drainage.

8. Add Some Shade and Seating

Last, don’t forget about seating to enjoy your outdoor garden space and a little bit of shade. You could even add a pergola over the area with a removable cover.

For professional residential and commercial planter waterproofing and repairs, please contact Capital Deck & Stair at (424) 339-0953 today!

New Year, New Deck!

With the New Year rapidly approaching, you may be busy making your New Year resolutions and preparing to make transformations in your life. While your mind is on renewing old things and bringing them up to date, it’s important not to forget your home, and especially your deck.

In sunny California, the warm weather will be here sooner than you think, and it’ll be time for summer barbeques, splashing in the swimming pool, and spending long evenings on your deck. Why don’t you get a head start and schedule waterproofing services with our Los Angeles deck waterproofing professionals?

Waterproofing can help you refresh the look of a tired and worn out deck. It can also help you preserve your deck for many more years of enjoyment. Our waterproofing solutions are low-maintenance, which means less work and more fun for you. In addition to improving the look and safety of your home, a fresh coat of customized waterproofing can dramatically increase the value of your home or rental property.

We offer warrantied waterproofing service for:

Your home’s safety, beauty, and upkeep are important to us. We offer a variety of resurfacing and waterproofing surfaces to help you maintain many surfaces around your property. All our waterproofing projects use superior materials to ensure that your deck is not only waterproof, but fire retardant and flexible to preserve your deck.

We offer custom blended colors at no additional cost, so your new waterproofing coat will blend seamlessly with your existing home and yard décor. We also work around your schedule, and we offer weekend and after-hours services to meet your needs. With multiple crews in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, we can offer quick, reliable service.

Get the advantage of more than 30 years of deck waterproofing experience for your home. Schedule a free estimate today , and one of our qualified waterproofing professionals will come to your home for an inspection.

Contact our team at Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing by calling (310) 912-7737 .

Why Is It Important to Waterproof Your Outdoor Planters?

With spring right around the corner, you may be looking to add a little life to your patio, deck, or other outdoor area. This may come in the form of adding in new plants, requiring the addition of planters. It is important to remember that planters should be waterproofed .

Whether you are looking to install a new planter or you already have outdoor planters, waterproofing them is essential to making sure they last.

Why Is Waterproofing Key to Durability?

First of all, your planters, just like any other outdoor item, needs protection against the elements. Having a planter outside means that it has to brave the wind, rain, sprinklers, and everyday plant watering. Waterproofing your planter can provide you with a multitude of benefits.

If you waterproof your planters, it can prevent the following from happening:

  • Planters holding in excess water
  • Water leaking and causing harm to the plants
  • Lack of draining lines that leads to plant damage
  • Overall wear and tear running the look of the planter

Also if you already have a planter that is cracking from water damage, we can glue the planter back together with epoxy and help to prevent any future leaking. When you speak with a professional at Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing, we can discuss the options available for your existing planter and determine if we can fix the issues you are experiencing.

Working With Waterproofing Specialists

With over 30 years of experience, our licensed and highly-trained waterproof specialists have handled a wide array of waterproofing jobs throughout Southern California. Whether you need help with your planter, deck, stairs, or any other outdoor surface, give our Los Angeles waterproof specialist a call. Get your outdoor space ready for Spring and Summer before the seasons are already upon us.

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