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Weekend of April 30th: Weatherproof Planter

Whether big or small, used in pairs or on their own, planter boxes are a cheery way to flank an entry, break up an expansive patio, or simply add a splash of color to a small yard. They're also a great way to say "Happy Mother's Day" next weekend.

This roomy rectangular version gives you plenty of space for your favorite bloomers, and, knowing that large planters are tough to store during the off-season, This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers opted to build it from cellular PVC. "The material is easy to cut, it holds up well in heat and cold, and it won't rot when exposed to soil and water,' he says. See How to Build a Weather-Resistant Planter to learn how to create an eye-catching container of your own.
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