Built-In Planters That Add Dimension to Your Outdoor Living Designs

No matter how beautiful the construction materials, an outdoor living design can look dull and lifeless without pops of color or dimensional design elements. A built-in planter constructed with retaining wall block will provide a permanent receptacle for adding color, texture and dimension to your spaces and can coordinate with your pavers and landscape walls to tie the overall look together.

Add curb appeal

Make a statement as soon as visitors arrive with planters along the driveway or a sidewalk in front of your home.

Highland Stone®Built-in Planters Retaining Wall
Highland Stone®
Create a grand entrance

Planters along walkways and near doorways create a welcoming effect and add architectural interest to the front of your home.

Edge a terrace

Soften the look of an angular wall or add a buffer zone along the terrace edge with planters of various shapes and sizes.

Dress up a retaining wall

Large retaining walls are often necessary, but can be visually boring. Add dimension and visual interest to a large retaining wall with planters at the base or at higher points along the wall.

Create a focal point

Add drama to a patio, walkway or driveway with a large planter that can create a visual focal point for the design.

Belair Wall® Retaining Wall Blocks & Built-in Planters
Belair Wall®
Flank a fire feature

Add pops of color and foliage to soften the look of larger structures and help coordinate the space with the surrounding landscape.

Flank Stairs or Steps

Stair or step planters can take a variety of shapes and styles. Options can include symmetrical tiers, terraced landings, or a singular accent planter.

Emphasize a tree

A tree planter box or wall can add design elements to larger open spaces or provide an area for installing a flower garden.

Add dimension to a patio

Planter gardens are a great way to add dimension and visual interest to an open patio. In addition, locating a planter near an outdoor kitchen can provide an outdoor chef with a space to grow fresh herbs.

Soften the look of a column

Incorporating a planter into the top of a column or pillar softens the look and adds a natural textural design element to your outdoor living structures.

Take a Look Inside the Philadelphia Flower Show and Enter to Win a Bordeaux™ Grill Island

We are now midway through the incredible 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show and wanted to share some images from the show and give you an opportunity to register for a chance to win a Bordeaux Elements™ Grill Island.

Attendance at the show has been incredible. This year’s theme, “Wonders of Water” includes fantastic displays of waterscapes and landscapes integrated with Belgard hardscapes. To view a slideshow of the Belgard Feature Exhibit, click on any of the images below.

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Belgard at the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show

The Belgard Booth at this year's Philly Flower Show puts an array of tranquil water features on display bringing the theme, Wonders of Water, to life: http://bit.ly/2oFXzFS

Posted by Outdoor Living by Belgard on Wednesday, March 7, 2018


As the exclusive hardscapes sponsor, Belgard is also excited to see our products incorporated into many other displays throughout the show. As part of the “Wonders of Water” theme, multiple organizations took the opportunity to educate attendees on the benefits of permeable pavers. See some examples below.

Philadelphia Water Department
and their “Rain Check” Program
Mercer County Community College

If you don’t intend to check out the show in person, don’t miss out on your opportunity to win a Bordeaux Elements™ Grill Island. Click on the link below to enter for your chance to win!

Enter the Bordeaux™ Grill Island Sweepstakes

The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show will continue through Sunday, March 11. For tickets, visit TheFlowerShow.com.

Join Belgard at the Nation’s Largest Horticulture Event

Philadelphia Flower Show

Calling all garden enthusiasts! If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show, you’re missing out on incredible displays from the nation’s premier floral and landscape designers. Belgard is once again excited to partner with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the official hardscapes sponsor of the show, to be held March 3 – 11, 2018, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year’s show, “Wonders of Water,” will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water by showcasing stunning displays that emulate tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes, featuring the astounding plants that thrive in each environment. As the official hardscape sponsor of the show, Belgard patio pavers and retaining walls will be used exclusively throughout the show in exhibitor displays, garden areas, stage construction and anywhere hardscapes are needed.

One lucky booth visitor will win a Bordeaux Elements™ Grill Island!

Belgard will also have a feature exhibit, designed by the Belgard Design Studio, where visitors will have an opportunity to register for a chance to win a Bordeaux Elements™ Grill Island.

The expansive Belgard display will include an outdoor kitchen and living room and a patio with multiple fire features and water features. The exhibit will showcase installations of more than a dozen Belgard products including a fireplace and grill island from the Bordeaux™ Series of the Belgard Elements™ Collection of outdoor fireplaces and kitchen units. To tie in with the “Wonders of Water” theme, the Belgard display will also include contemporary fountains and an outdoor shower.

The renderings below offer a sneak peek at the exterior and interior of the Belgard exhibit.  Click on any image for a larger view.

Belgard will also sponsor a Virtual Reality experience in The Backyard area of the Grand Hall, where visitors can view 3-D designs from the Belgard Design Studio using the studio’s new VR platform.

Click on the image to view a sample 360-degree VR design. Use your mouse or finger to drag and navigate. When viewing on a mobile device, gyroscope mode will enable you to navigate your phone around the image.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and benefits a variety of year-round programs in the Philadelphia area that have become national models of urban greening. For more information on the show, visit theflowershow.com or read the blog post: Sights from the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Introducing New Lamina Tandem™ Wall: Stacked Stone Look with Incredible Design Flexibility

Belgard is excited to announce the launch of a new face style to the revolutionary Tandem Wall® System. The new Lamina Tandem™ Wall features the look and feel of chiseled stacked stone and can be used to build a variety of outdoor living and landscaping structures.

The new Lamina Tandem™ face style can be used with all elements of the unique Tandem®  Wall System to build complete outdoor living designs. The Tandem® system offers more versatility than any other landscape wall product, allowing you to create distinctive outdoor living spaces that all coordinate and flow together as one cohesive design.

Lamina Tandem™ Wall

Use Lamina Tandem™ Wall to build curved and straight freestanding and retaining walls ideal for a variety of outdoor projects.

  • Control the slope of a yard.
  • Construct a terrace.
  • Build raised gardens.
  • Define the perimeter of an outdoor living space.
  • Create visual separation between outdoor rooms.

Lamina Tandem™ Column Kit

The easy-to-install Lamina Tandem™ Column Kit quickly creates columns for a variety of design uses.

  • Wrap around existing posts to enhance a porch or pavilion.
  • Build a mailbox.
  • Augment a freestanding wall with intermittent posts or end-caps.
  • Use freestanding columns to add visual interest or create a grand entrance.

Lamina Tandem™ Modular Grid

Because Lamina  Tandem™ Modular Grid can attach to virtually any wooden frame or surface, it can be used to construct just about any outdoor living structure up to 6 feet in height.

  • Skirt a deck or porch.
  • Build aesthetic walls for hiding utilities and garbage cans.
  • Build a variety of outdoor living structures including outdoor kitchens, fire features, built-in seating, planters and more.

The new Lamina Tandem™ Wall System is currently available throughout most of the Midwest, South and Central Plains regions. Distribution is expected to expand throughout the year.

Introducing the New & Improved Belgard.com

We’re excited to announce that after many months of strategic planning, design and testing, we have launched the new Belgard.com site. The site was redesigned to be a better tool for serving both homeowners and outdoor living professionals. After all, Belgard is not only a portfolio of high-quality products, but a partner and a resource for your outdoor projects. With that in mind, our new site offers easier navigation with personalized images of products available in your area, plus more of everything you need to plan and create amazing outdoor living spaces. Below are some of the features you can expect from the new site.

Getting Started

Embarking upon an outdoor living project can be a daunting task. Our GETTING STARTED section offers answers to frequently asked questions, as well as sections on RESEARCH to consider before you begin planning, INSPIRATION galleries of photos and videos, PLANNING basics and considerations, and BUILDING and maintenance considerations.

Comprehensive project planning guide

The new Belgard Project Guide walks you through the process of completing an outdoor living project, from gathering inspiration to choosing materials and finding a contractor. This handy tool will help you to know exactly what to expect before you get started. Download it today or order a printed copy.

Online Project Visualizer

Get ready to visualize the possibilities with our interactive Project Visualizer, which offers both a library of project ideas, as well as the ability to upload photos of your home and yard. Easy-to-use tools allow you to experiment with different paver styles and colors, and then save or share your creations.

Contractor & dealer locator

Sometimes, one of the most difficult aspects of completing an outdoor living project is finding a qualified contractor you can trust to bring your vision to life. Our Contractor & Dealer Locator can help you find Belgard Authorized Contractors near you who are certified by industry organizations in proper installation techniques and adhere to our rigorous standards of professionalism.


NEXT WEEK:  Come back to the Outdoor Living by Belgard blog next week for an exciting new product announcement.

Why Permeable Pavers are a Growing Trend in Outdoor Design

The HGTV® Dream Home 2018 is outfitted with Urbana® Stone permeable pavers on the walkways, fire pit patio and driveway to help protect neighboring Henderson Bay from potential pollution from stormwater runoff. (Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography)

Words like “sustainable” and “responsible” continue to grow in importance with today’s consumers as we collectively become more conscientious about how our actions affect the world around us and the legacy we leave behind. However, we still wish to enjoy our time on this planet.

Enter the permeable paver. Permeable pavers give homeowners the opportunity to create eye-catching, livable outdoor spaces that actually improve the environment and allow us to leave the world better and more beautiful than we found it.

The technology is ingeniously simple. Permeable pavers are laid on multiple layers of crushed stone, and the joints between each paver are filled with smaller aggregate. This design allows water to instantly drain through the joints and percolate through the layers of aggregate below, where any impurities are trapped before water seeps into the ground and returns to local waterways. To create the ultimate sustainable patio, driveway or walkway, the system can be designed to collect and recycle rainwater for irrigation and other purposes.

And here’s the best part…in many states and municipalities with water conservation and stormwater management initiatives, there are often grants or tax incentives available for installing permeable pavers or a water harvesting system, which makes the idea of installing a permeable patio, walkway or driveway all the more attractive.

permeable patio design ideas
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permeable driveway design ideas

For more permeable paver design ideas, visit the Belgard Permeable Paver Pinterest board.