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Adding plants to your decking is a great way to brighten up your outdoor space. If you’re looking for inspiration on decorating your deck with plant life, you’re in the right place!

When it comes to deciding what plants you want growing on your deck, there are so many different options it can feel pretty overwhelming at times. To help you make a decision, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when deciding what to plant around your deck.



If you’re trying to curate a specific aesthetic to your outdoor space you might want to consider the colours of the plants you’re looking to plant. It’s also worth noting that plants look different at different stages of their life cycle – they won’t always look the way they do when they’re in full bloom.

If you want to play it safe you might be tempted to stick with green plants, or if you want a bright and colourful deck, wild flower mixes are a surefire way to add a riot of colour!


You may have your eye fixed on a certain plant for it’s aesthetic, but you also have to be realistic about your own gardening abilities and how much free time you’ll have to tend to your deck planters. While the plant may be beautiful, will you be able to maintain it? The plants won’t be so aesthetically pleasing if they die!

Some plants are naturally very difficult to maintain, especially if they are kept outdoors – there’s no shame in opting for an easy to maintain plant for your planter.


With the UK weather your planters may be exposed to excessive rainfall, or sudden excessive bouts of sun exposure when we have our rare heat waves. Your deck planters will be on display with no where to hide, and UK weather isn’t for the fainthearted. It’s best to select plants that can take whatever the UK weather will throw at them.


Adding plant life to your deck can also be a nifty trick for those looking to create a sense of privacy for their outdoor space. Adding a planter with tall plants can help shield your decking from neighbours or any other unwanted prying eyes.

Some examples of plants that might be good for this purpose include cypress trees, bamboo, dogwood, and honeysuckle.


If your plants are annual or seasonal, they’ll go through their cycle of growing up and dying down. If you want colour in your garden all year round, it might be worth considering planting evergreen plants.

Some popular evergreen plants include lavender, heather, daphne, bay, and photinia.


Tips for deck planters

Make sure your planter has planter feet to elevate your plants and help promote airflow between your plants and the surface of your deck. This also helps keeps bugs at bay!

When it comes to decking, composite decking is much better suited to planters than traditional timber decking. Composite decking is water resistant and won’t rot from damp that could be caused by shade and spilled water from your planter like timber decking will.

Furthermore, composite decking doesn’t need to be sealed like timber decking does, which saves you both time and money.


Here at DeckPlus we have a wide range of composite decking boards in various styles, so you’re guaranteed to find something suited to you – head over to our website to check out our range of composite decking boards today! If you can’t decide between our stunning decking boards or want to feel their quality for yourself, why not reach out today and order your FREE samples?

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