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Planting Red Geraniums in Bowl Planters on Outdoor Columns

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Today’s post is about planting red geraniums in bowl planters on outdoor columns. Last Fall we spent a weekend building outdoor stone columns at the entrance of our driveway and yesterday, we topped the outdoor columns off with gorgeous bowl planters that Jim found on Amazon.  You know you have a keeper when your boyfriend buys you bowl planters for your home ;).

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How to Plant Geraniums in Bowl Planters

stone driveway entrance columns with grey bowl planters filled with geraniums + stucco house

Our granite piece on top of the stone columns is 30″ x 30″ so we opted for the 24″ diameter planter.

charcoal 24

Jim offered to help me so we setup a makeshift planting zone with 2 garbage barrels and a piece of wood. Once we planted the pots, we transported them to the columns via the car. They were heavy!

outdoor gardening table with 2 garbage barrels and a piece of plywood

What to plant with geraniums in planters

I purchased 2 hanging geraniums, 8 white bacopa plants, ivy and 2 spikes at a local nursery.

red geranium with bacopa and ivy

I removed the geraniums for the plastic hanging pots and put one plant in each bowl planter and added 4 Bacopa plants around it. I created a small hole in the center of the geranium and planted 1 spike plant to add height to the bowl. In a couple weeks, the Bacopa plants will be cascading over the bowl planter.

Tip: add a handful of small rocks on the bottom of your planter for drainage and cover with potting soil. 

small rocks in bottom of bowl planter with soil for drainage

Geraniums Love the Sun

I removed the geraniums and bacopa from the plastic pots and gently added them to the bowl planters. I filled in around the edges with potting soil and topped with black mulch to keep the moisture in the pot. The pots will be in the direct sun all day long so I am hoping that the mulch will help keep the soil moist.

planting geraniums in a 24

planting geraniums, ivy and bacopa in a bowl planter

I couldn’t find my gardening gloves so I sacrificed a pair of winter gloves. 🤷‍♀️

Our outdoor columns are in full sun all day long so I think the geraniums will do great!

White Bacopa is one of my go-to plants when making planters. You can see my potted hydrangeas and white Bacopa around our pool here. 

red geraniums in a charcoal bowl planter from Amazon

Our outdoor columns now look complete and each season, I will add different annuals to the bowl planters. I think the red geraniums in the bowl planters are going to look great during the holidays filled with fresh greens and a tiny Christmas tree in the middle.

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Here are the columns during Christmas with wreaths. You can see the full DIY tutorial and process of how we made these columns in a weekend here.

Airstone Driveway Entrance Columns with Christmas Wreath, red bow and bells, Mediterranean House

What do you think? Do you think planting red geraniums in bowl planters was a good idea to dress up our driveway entrance columns? The only draw back of now having flowers this far from the house is ensuring they stay watered. My mom said, “who is going to water these everyday?” Be sure to watch our Instagram stories later today, you will see who is watering them. -ha.

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  1. Those bowl planters are the perfect thing for those columns!! They look gorgeous with the red geraniums!
    HAHA I bet I know who will be watering those flowers at the end of the driveway…..your dad!!

  2. Alan J. Meyer says:

    Oh my gosh.
    We have the very same potting table…..two upside down plastic trash cans and a wooden plank. And I thought I was being so clever. Ha.

  3. Jessica,
    Looks beautiful. Try using those glass watering bulbs to cut down on the watering. I use them at my cottage to keep my planters watered between visits. Plus they look decorative too!

    1. I ordered them b/c you told me too!! haha!!!! They are very cool and pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Alyson Goods says:

    They are beautiful! I use a product called Soil Moist which turns to gel to hold and disperse water slowly. Miracle Grow also now sells a potting soil with this type of granules in at already too I’ve found it to be helpful when I don’t want to water as often or here in Florida where pots can dry out during a day!.

    1. Oh I didn’t know that about the type of soil! I will check that out ๐Ÿ™‚ I did end up ordering some plant pals on Amazon (a recommendation from another reader) and they are pretty cool!