The Bottomless Planter Box from Outerior Decor

by Genevieve on October 31, 2012

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I’ve been lucky enough over the previous months to get an inside peek into the making of Amy Stewart’s cocktail garden to celebrate her new Drunken Botanist book, and have gotten to look at a number of clever products and construction techniques along the way. One of those clever products is the Outerior Décor series of planter box kits.

While the idea of mail-ordering a planter box was one that had never occurred to me before, a planter box that comes in a kit is actually pretty workable. It arrived in a long, flat box with the panels stacked on top of one another, and it has pre-drilled holes so you can put it together with a screwdriver rather than needing any kind of power tool.

But I haven’t gotten to the cleverest part: the bottom is optional. Since you construct it yourself, you can choose whether or not you want the bottom on there. Obviously if you’re placing the box on concrete you’d want a base, but for situations like the one above – where you want a little more height to enhance a skinny planter bed – having a bottomless planter has a lot of advantages. No issues with drainage, and if the plant starts to have a tight fit in the box, it can sink its roots into the soil below and make itself comfortable.

These planters are available in four sizes:

The Churchill – 60 inches

The Gran Robusto – 48 inches

The Robusto – 40 inches

The Latte Square – 15 inches

While the one surprise to me was that the sides are a little thin, the fact that they have a thicker molding across the top seems to give them more structural support. They certainly felt sound once they were settled into place and filled with soil.

As an eerie Halloween aside, the manufacturer tells me the boxes are made of Chinese cedar (Cunninghamia lanceolata), the same type of rot-resistant wood that has been used to build coffins in China for hundreds of years. Spooky!

 

Want to win one of your own?

Outerior Décor has kindly offered up a planter box to one lucky reader. Choose from any of the ones above, from the petite Latte to the whopping Churchill. To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which size you’d like if you win. US only.

And head on over to Garden Rant for a second chance to win. Amy’s giving away a planter box, too!

 

EDIT: Suze is our winner – congrats, Suze! Enjoy your Gran Robusto!

{ 82 comments… read them below or add one }

A. Marina Fournier October 31, 2012 at 2:10 am

We’ve had to leave our owned home and rent for a while, due to some financial reverses. The good thing? May get overbids/multiple offers, which would leave us just under what we paid for the house.

However, renting again. Sigh. I brought some of my roses and trees, but they are NOT getting planted here: they are in planters and tubs. The ground needs work before it can become plantable soil.

Meanwhile, I’ve got these bulbs. How did I come to have *69* saffron bulbs? There’s plenty places where tomatoes will thrive. Some annuals would be nice. I’d buy planters if we had any money left from the move, and after the house is paid for, we’re still on the tight side of the budget for a while.

What’s a deprived gardener to do, but hope she gets one of these wonderful cedar planters? A Churchill would be lovely to have at the edge of what passes for a patio, and perhaps I could have tomatoes AND bulbs planted in it–not to forget the marigolds and basil for the tomatoes.

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Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! October 31, 2012 at 3:52 am

This planter must go in a high-visibility spot in my garden! Front porch, next to mailbox, on the deck. I’m not sure what size would be best, probably Robusto or Gran Robusto. Thanks!

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April October 31, 2012 at 4:52 am

That’s really beautiful! I would definitely do as shown, and add height to a bed and then probably leave the bottom out. We just had a patio poured on the south side of the house, and I want to put a small kitchen garden back there since it’s full sun. Any size would work, but the bigger the better since there would be more room for plants :) So I guess Churchill

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Monica October 31, 2012 at 4:57 am

The Churchill would look great on my front deck!

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Frances October 31, 2012 at 5:20 am

I would like the Churchill please, dear. Thank you in advance!

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Bryce October 31, 2012 at 5:22 am

The Gran Robusto would be a perfect home for some herbs!

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Arlene October 31, 2012 at 5:25 am

I have the perfect place for a Churchill. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

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Jim/ArtofGardening.org October 31, 2012 at 5:42 am

I’m going to win the 60″ Churchill over at Garden Rant and could use two the same size, so I’ll take the 60″. Bottomless glasses and planters are among my favorite bottomless things.

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Annie October 31, 2012 at 5:54 am

I’d appreciate a Gran Robusto – we’ve just started growing vegetables among the perennials, and this would make a good spot for them. I’d use hardware cloth for the underside to keep gophers out.

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Azucena October 31, 2012 at 6:20 am

I would like the Gran Robust, please. Thanks for offering.

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Kathy M October 31, 2012 at 6:25 am

I’d love to fill up a Churchill! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Thad October 31, 2012 at 6:30 am

The Churchill would be ideal! Cheers!

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cara October 31, 2012 at 6:30 am

The Churchill! I have lots of space I need to fill.

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Lindsey October 31, 2012 at 6:32 am

Who could possibly say “no” to a 5ft long planting box? Certainly not me! Sign me up for the Churchill, please.

As an apartment dweller, this would be the best thing that ever happened to my little patio. I can already see the mixture of edibles and ornamentals spilling over its sides…Swiss chard and cilantro and basil and ornamental sweet potato vines and solenostemon and fuchsias. The neighbors would be oh so jealous.

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Chris N October 31, 2012 at 6:46 am

I would love a planter box. You don’t have to bend so far to work in it. The Churchill would be my choice.

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Jen. October 31, 2012 at 6:47 am

I could see the Churchill looking swell on the patio! Thank you!

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Mike October 31, 2012 at 6:55 am

Churchill

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Barbara Novak October 31, 2012 at 6:58 am

Gran Robusto! My vegetable bed is invaded by oxalis and I need to start over.

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Catherine October 31, 2012 at 6:59 am

I have the perfect spot for a gran robusto and would love to give this product a try. Thanks for the giveaway and the great blog!

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Eileen October 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

We’re putting in a patio next spring and the Churchill would be perfect along the “back”edge.

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tess October 31, 2012 at 7:21 am

oh wow- how awesome- i like the churchill 60′
tcogbill at live dot com

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Frank Hyman October 31, 2012 at 7:22 am

I”m not a container guy, but my wife loves putting things in pots and “pot” has a wide definition in her book. Pansies, portulaca, sedums, etc. find their way into my old work boots, junk shop tea kettles, chimney flues, who knows what she’ll use next. You could make my cute, sturdy urban farm wife one happy gal with the biggest cedar planter.

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tess October 31, 2012 at 7:23 am

i would love to win- i like the churchill 60′
tcogbill at live dot com

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erin bailey October 31, 2012 at 7:26 am

Gran Robusto or Churchill would work for me. I’d love to win one cuz I am limping around the house with a cane worrying about how I will garden next spring. I assume the measurement refers to how wide the front of the box is? Thanks for the chance.

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Cristie October 31, 2012 at 7:41 am

I’d love to have the Churchill. These look great. Thanks.

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Suze October 31, 2012 at 7:48 am

I think the Gran Robusto would do me up just fine! And since it would only take up one side of the front patio, I’d obviously have to buy a second one to balance it out. :-)

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Kimberly October 31, 2012 at 7:51 am

I would LOVE one!

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Lauren October 31, 2012 at 7:52 am

“The Churchill – 60 inches” is needed to fill an empty spot in my garden. It would be perfect.

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Lisa Heimiller October 31, 2012 at 8:05 am

I would love to try out a Churchill.

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Fred Karp October 31, 2012 at 8:08 am

I think I’ve been overly fussy putting in raised beds: dig up lawn, shake out the dirt square by square. I’d love to just plop down a Churchill or a Robusto, fill it up, plant and not have to do all that ground work.

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Kate October 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

I’d love to win the Churchill planter- I’ve got a perfect spot for it on my patio. It’d be great to plant some herbs next year. Thanks!

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Amanda S. October 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

The gran robusto would be great on my front patio!

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Suzanne October 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

I’d love to have the Churchill to plant veggies in a sunny patch of my front yard.

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Dan October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

The Churchill would look great along the front of my house :-)

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Patrick October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

The Churchill would be prefect for my patio too!

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Coco Thorpe October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I’d love to have a large one of these to help with my project of turning unused driveway into garden. Thanks, Gen!

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ChristyMN October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

These look great. The Gran Robusto would be the perfect size.

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Bria October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

Why, I’d like The Churchill very much.

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Bria October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

The Churchill would make me a happy gardener–I can think of several places to put it.

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Robyn R. October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

Love. The Gran Robusto would work great for me.

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Amy R October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

Churchill, please!

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Kamille H October 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

Gophers ate through the hardware cloth bottom of my tomato planter box in 1 season! So I’d love to test out these boxes as an alternative to what I used this year.

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Brian October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

The churchill would be nice to have in along the house.

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Julie October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

My nana came to live with me about 3 years ago. She wants to do so much and is finding it hard to remember that she isnt “a spring chicken”. These boxes look wonderful like they would perfect for her to putter in while sitting in a chair, or standing over.

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Deirdre October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

I have just the right place on the patio for a Churchill with maybe some chicken wire across the top to keep the chickens out of the soil.

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Alison October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

What a cool planter! I think the Gran Robusto would suit me just fine. I’d like to move my herbs out of my raised veggie beds and into a bed of their own, and that would work.

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Erin October 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

The Churchill would look great on my patio. Thanks!

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Jeane October 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I’d love to have a gran robusto, it would add wonders to my now-limited gardening space on an apartment balcony. With something fitted into the bottom, of course…

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Laura Bell October 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

The Churchill would be divine! I have a lovely spot next to the patio in need of just this box.

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maggiewann October 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Yes, like everybody else, the Churchill!

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Deb Durland October 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Churchill! I have a good spot for it.

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CEN October 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Gran Robusto is a cool name.

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Laura Dodd October 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I would love to have a Churchill for growing daikon.

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Judy November 1, 2012 at 5:22 am

Love these planters, they would love great on my deck!

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JuliaFay November 1, 2012 at 7:49 am

The churchill would be perfect for my patio!! I would plant a little kitchen garden full of herbs and lettuce. I love the easy construction.

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Lise Bixler November 1, 2012 at 8:04 am

I could easily fill a Churchill with herbs and veggies intermixed – yes!

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Karen November 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

Gran Robusto sounds like a nickname for a Grandma – she’d be happy on my back patio, filled with tasties for the kitchen!

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Kim November 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

The Churchill would be a gorgeous addition to my gardens!
They are lovely planter boxes!

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Dianna K. November 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

I would love the Robusto! Perfect size for the area in front of my porch which has always been a design trouble spot!

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Ashley, the Accidental Olympian November 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

I would lovingly place The Churchill – 60 inches on my deck for the next summer’s growing season!

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Judith November 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

The Gran Robusto for this country gardener, please. It would save me walking down to the garden every time I need a few snips of herbs or a salad. And it would do so in great style. Thanks for the offer.

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Lisa D. November 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I have a perfect spot for The Churchill. Thank you, these are lovely!

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Sandra November 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I have a huge front yard that is gearing up for a complete replanting. I think the 60-inch size would be a great foundation for the new landscaping. Thank you!

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Modern Mia Gardening November 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I’d love a Churchill to use for our new blueberry bushes. Thanks!

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Valerie November 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

What a great way to add vertical growing space to a limited horizontal area! I would be thrilled with the 60″ planter. Thanks for all your innovative ideas.

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Emily November 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I actually have the perfect spot for a Churchill, right behind my mailbox!

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Stephanie November 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

I would like the Robusto! These planters are so nice looking!

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Lizabeth November 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

A Robusto would work great on my balcony for herbs and veggies. My condo board doesn’t let us plant non-flowers in the beds downstairs by the door :( I do lust after the Churchill but I don’t think it will work as well!

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Marla November 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

Looks great!

Thanks for introducing us to the latest in gardening goodies.

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Sleepyheadedmom November 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm

If I were to win I would choose the Churchill.

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Nell Wade November 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I have always wanted to plant bamboo but living in California they have quite a reputation for being invasive. A container like the Churchill would be perfect to try my hand at a sustainable, yet within bounds bamboo “grove”.

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Sue November 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Like ‘em :)

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Erin @ The Impatient Gardener November 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Go big or go home … I’d be all over that Churchill!

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Corrine November 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Long lasting raised beds to counter our heavy, wet, cold soils in spring. Cheers for the Churchill to do the job!

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Sheryl Edwards November 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

I would like The Churchill!

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Tom Mann November 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

The Robusto or Grand Robusto would look great down by the pond, filled with Caladiums and Elephant Ears. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Barbara November 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

How cool is that! Thanks for sharing… As for size? cannot decide… can I tell you later?

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kara November 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Ooo, I like the giant one! It would be perfect next to the patio I keep planning to build. Maybe if I have the planter first….?

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Diane C November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

If I win I’d like the Robusto. I know the perfect place to put it next to the screened in patio.

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Debbie November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Gen, These look like very versatile planters. I’d love the Gran Robusto. I have the perfect spot for it on my brick patio. I’d use it to grow some ‘deer candy’ plants that I could enjoy without having to worry about the deer nibbling them.

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Steve Asbell November 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Those are so cool! I would choose the gran robusto if I had the choice.

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BetsyM November 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I could really use a robusto, I’m taking back my new yard from maple trees and hawkweed. the hawkweed is the worst! A large planter could make a big impact on the hawkweed background.

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