While traditional gardens can be extremely stunning, they require a lot of space and time—making them less than ideal for urban neighborhoods. But you’re not out of options as a DIY gardener.

Planter boxes give you the flexibility of switching plants around the patio or front yard without extensive maintenance requirements. For quick-growing plants, these planter boxes provide the best containment mechanism.

Even so, not every planter will satisfy your personal needs. That’s why we present this diverse and practical collection of wooden planter boxes, which can serve multiple purposes, including a planter box bench to allow you to choose freely.

1. Wooden Planter With Plastic Inserts

Simple and unique, this planter box design features a long and narrow wooden box made from 2 x 4s. You can customize the wooden container to the size of your liking. With the box ready, insert plastic tubs with drilled holes at the bottom. The tubs allow you to plant different flowers or veggies separately while preventing rapid rotting of the wood due to moisture exposure.

2. Planter Box With Nighttime Lighting

Whether you choose a terra cotta or wooden planter box for your patio, you can add a twist to its nighttime appearance with colored lighting. Bamboo stalks with thin dried branches provide the best combination in this setup, but you can also consider other plants. Installing lights along the inner top margins of the planter is simple, and you can do it yourself.

3. Patterned Wooden Planter Box

Besides the flowers and veggies, planters themselves can be a great addition to any backyard’s aesthetics. Adding patterns that complement your patio’s theme is a creative way of keeping the outdoor space modest and refined. Re-using chevron or herringbone-patterned wood to create planter boxes allows you to add visual interest to your porch without the need for painting.

4. Lattice Planter Box

Instead of throwing old lattice into the bins, you can use these crisscrossed panels to create a unique planter box for your yard. Wood glue allows you to fasten several pieces of lattice to form a cuboidal planter that you can place at the patio corner. For stability, use at least 2 x 2 boards to build the frame. Constructing a planter box that sits a few inches above the ground promotes drainage and better plant health. It is safe and easy to use.

You can paint the lattice box with the color of your preference or leave it with the natural look.

How To Build a Lattice Planter Box

The materials you need to build the planter box include old lattice, 2 x 2 boards, wood glue, wood saw, hole screws, and finish nails of 1¼ inches.


  • Use the 2 x 2 boards to build a frame of your desired size. Firmly fasten the boards using wood glue and the pocket hole screws
  • With a saw, cut the lattice to size for all the sides except the top. Attach the lattice to the frame using strong glue or finish nails
  • For a fuller look, add another layer of lattice on all sides
  • Lastly, give the lattice planter box a finished look by adding trim to the frame

Planter Box Bench

In addition to sprucing up your outdoor space, this multi-purpose planter box allows you to relax and enjoy the beauty of your hard work. The structure features two towering planters connected by a strong wood plank adequate for sitting. If you want to add a modern touch to your backyard, you can consider this garden furniture.

Final note

Keep your ring doorbells charged as planter boxes allow you to deck out your yard or patio with great versatility and ease. Whether you’re on a tight budget or prefer the DIY path, above are four unique options that you can consider for your space.