In addition to the usual round tubs, the square flower tubs in many different sizes and shapes on balconies, on the terrace or in the garden are also becoming increasingly popular. The following article explains how these can be planted.

spring bloomers

To ensure that the square plant pot on the balcony or terrace becomes colorful as soon as the first rays of sunshine arrive in spring, it is a good idea to decorate it with spring flowers. You can plant different flower bulbs in a container in autumn:

  • choose a large, flat bucket
  • Onions peek out of soil
  • Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths in Mitte
  • all around snowdrops and crocuses


The square flower pot can be colorfully designed or all plants can also come from one or at most two color families. This is entirely up to your own taste. In addition, a little moss can be placed between the individual plants, eggs can then be decorated on this for Easter.

Tip: Once planted, you can leave the onion plants in the ground all year round. To do this, simply push the pot with the faded plants into a protected, dry corner. Soil should dry out over the summer and fall. In winter, start watering and fertilizing on frost-free days, then the first spring flowers will appear again early in spring.

Grasses in the flower pot

Grasses are always beautiful all year round, even in a bucket. This can then stand in a corner of the terrace or the balcony, if you like, you can also arrange a small indoor fountain next to it. Suitable grasses are:

  • feather bristle grass
  • Seggen
  • fescue
  • Chinese reed
  • larger grasses in the middle
  • plant smaller ones along the edge

These grasses are all hardy and require a slightly larger and deeper container. Even in winter, the grasses should be watered regularly on frost-free days.

Note: Remember that in every new planter you plant, you should lay a drainage piece of pottery shards, expanded clay or stones on the ground above the drainage hole. Plant fleece is placed over this so that no soil gets into the gaps and excess water can always drain off easily.

Planting examples for the sun

There are south-facing balconies and also terraces where the sun shines all day. This may not be healthy for some plants that have been cultivated in a tub here. But there are also flowering plants that want a full sun location. The square flower pot for full sun can be planted as follows:

  • Geraniums to the edge
  • Funkies to the edge
  • Lantana in the middle


  • different chrysanthemums
  • white daisies

If different square flower pots are put together, then you can fill them with different summer flowers. Attention should be paid to different heights of the flower pots so that the area is loosened up. The buckets should all come from one color family, for example gray and anthracite.

Idea: With all the planting examples presented here, you can also plant them in pots of different heights and arrange them together in a corner. All around there is a little suitable decoration and in the middle between the buckets you can also arrange a small indoor fountain.

Olive tree in the planter

If you want to give your balcony or terrace or garden a Mediterranean look with square flower pots, you can cultivate an olive tree in the middle of the pot. All around you can either cultivate the following plants or simply spread white gravel on the ground:

  • different herbs
  • oregano, thyme or lavender
  • emphasizes the Mediterranean
  • helps against vermin

The olive tree is not hardy and needs winter protection. Ideally, it is placed in a bright, frost-free room such as a stairwell or conservatory.

Idea: You can lay out the white pebbles in any bucket that has not been completely planted. It looks tidier, the soil is hidden and the white pebbles provide a nice contrast to the dark pots if you’ve chosen this color.

Square planters for shade

Balconies or terraces with a lot of shade can also be equipped with beautifully arranged square flower pots. Not all plants tolerate shade all day, but there are still some for planting shade:

  • Hydrangeas are ideal container plants
  • only one plant in each pot
  • Fuchsias, choosing varieties for shade
  • hang over in a tall bucket
  • Ferns, also a one-off
  • beautiful muscles
  • always arrange several square buckets together
  • large plants in the middle or towards the back
  • high tubs also in the middle or to the rear
Tip: Place the buckets on mobile coasters, so you have the opportunity to quickly rearrange and rearrange them. This has also proven itself when the cultivated plants are not hardy and have to be moved to a sheltered place from frost.

perennial plants

Perennial plants are always well suited for pot cultivation. Here you can always create different planting examples and variations, as there is a large number of different perennial plants, all of which are suitable for planting in flower pots, including square ones:

  • Perennials of various sizes
  • the tall ones in the middle
  • the short stature outside
  • getting smaller and smaller from the center outwards
  • all from one color family
  • or colorfully mixed

It is important to choose perennials that all want the same location. So you should either only cultivate perennials together that should be sunny or partially shaded or shaded. If the plants are mixed according to their location, it can happen that some do not tolerate this and die.

Idea: If you choose a particularly high, square planter, you can also plant hanging perennials on the outside edge. That rounds off the picture nicely

lemon Tree

Lemon trees are also suitable for Mediterranean flair on the balcony, terrace and in the garden . Since the trees are not hardy in the local latitudes, they have to be cultivated in a bucket. So why not use a square one too. Gray or anthracite goes particularly well with the clear yellow fruits. The lemon tree does not have to stand alone in the bucket. You can arrange the following plants:

  • small grasses
  • different herbs
  • small perennial plants

In winter, the lemon tree in the bucket should move to a bright, frost-free place. A bright hallway, a bright stairwell or entrance area and an unheated conservatory are ideal here.

Note: Since the lemon tree likes a sunny location, the plants cultivated together must also be able to withstand a lot of sun. However, it is irrelevant whether you use annual or perennial plants here, because many annual plants also survive in the winter quarters and even become perennial plants.

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