Best Planter Pots

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Permanent or even temporary outdoor planter pots are an opportunity to add to the elegance of your lawn and garden. Matched pairs make a great entrance to your walk or other entry areas. A row of planters makes a good border for a walk. Placed at the corners of a bed or garden area, planters help tie things together. Add bulbs or evergreen perennials for year-round greenery. Match the plants in your planter pots to the season of the year. By using liner pots, changing out the contents of your planters is as easy.

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Modern Concrete Pot Planter

Modern Concrete Pot Planter

A must for bringing some of the outdoor beauty inside, this concrete planter embodies utilitarian and contemporary design. The combination of cement and clay textile gives this rectangular shaped planter texture and contrast as it houses lush flora of your choice. Place it outdoors to complement an existing garden arrangement or decorate the inside of your home with some horticultural charm.

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Loughlin Ceramic Pot Planter

Loughlin Ceramic Pot Planter

Create the ideal old meets new look inside your home with this adorable ceramic pot planter. Four short wooden legs hold up this round planter that can be used to display your most precious flora, be it indoors or outdoors. The charming planter does not contain drainage holes, so it's purely for decorative purposes. Maintain the glossy finish by wiping with a damp cloth.

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Westbury Resin Pot Planter

Westbury Resin Pot Planter

This picturesque and galvanized looking planter is the ideal addition to any beautiful garden. The square-shaped pot is constructed from robust resin material, which will not get too hot in warmer weather conditions. The copper-like lip allows for easy mobility while the tapered design provides sufficient room for a range of plants and flowers. This weathered and rusted pot planter brings some old-fashioned charisma to your outdoor garden.

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Kentshire Self Watering Plastic Pot Planter

Kentshire Self Watering Plastic Pot Planter

Combining style and utility, this self-watering plastic pot planter will accommodate an abundance of plants and flowers. The polyethylene plastic is highly durable, while the self-watering tray enhances the sub-irrigation system to care for your plants. The fade-resistant pot planter can be used outdoors to give your porch or patio facelift or placed indoors to give your interior a bit of botanic flair.

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Gussie Fiberclay Pot Planter

Gussie Fiberclay Pot Planter

The epitome of contemporary elegance, this tall planter, gives an instant facelift to your home's exterior. Due to the rectangular and tapered design, it is able to house tall plants and flowers while the drainage holes prevent you from over-watering your flora. The fiber clay construction is frost, rust, weather, and UV resistant so you can leave it on your porch or patio all year round without having to worry. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth or spray down with a hose.

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Mcmullen Iron Pot Planter with Legs

Mcmullen Iron Pot Planter with Legs

Transform an empty or lonely corner of your home into a trendy and eye-catching space with this old and new looking pot planter. Complete in an antique-gold finish, it adds ancient charm to your interior while the three splayed legs elevate it to an opulent appeal. No drainage holes mean that it can be used for decorative purposes, or if you plan on growing your plants inside, you'll need to lightly water them.

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Adamsdale 3-Piece Ceramic Pot Planter Set

Adamsdale 3-Piece Ceramic Pot Planter Set

Who doesn't love a tribal-inspired indoor garden? With this three-piece ceramic pot planter set, you'll be able to create a botanical sanctuary inside your home. Each piece in the set comes in a different size so that you can keep them together as a set or space them in various entrance points inside your home. Either way, this planter set will deliver a cohesive ensemble.

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Jorden 4-Piece Ceramic Pot Planter Set

Jorden 4-Piece Ceramic Pot Planter Set

Compliment your indoor plant collection with this set of rustic-inspired decorative ceramic planters. Including a set of three pot planters and an oval-shaped tray, it allows you to create the ideal botanic decor for your interior space. The hand-crafted planter set delivers the ultimate horticultural look for your porch, patio, or living room display while the distressed-look adds a bit of aged charm to the ensemble.

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Wetterland Fiberglass Pot Planter

Wetterland Fiberglass Pot Planter

Irrespective of whether you want to grow a herb garden or try your hand at growing roses, do it in style with this eye-catching alfresco pot planter. Created to withstand the elements, it's the perfect addition to your patio, porch, or even an existing garden arrangement. The fiberglass construction contains a solid finish adding a bit of understated charm to any exterior space.

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Addison MgO Pot Planter

Addison MgO Pot Planter

Get your gardening game on with this elegant pot planter. Whether you want to enhance the appeal of a small porch on a large patio, this pot planter with a curved silhouette contains ample space for your plants and flowers. The weather-resistant fiber material makes it last for years, while the natural stone finish allows it to seamlessly blend in with your existing interior or exterior decor. The drainage holes ensure that you don't overwater your plants.

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Best Planter Pots

Buying Guide

Plants are a great asset to your home. In addition to their decorative aspects, they clean the air, lessen your stress and physical discomforts, and keep out noise, to name only a few of their benefits. The planter pots are an asset to the plants and to your décor.

You may be surprised at how many different planters there are. For instance, go to a nursery and there will be planters as far as the eye can see - every kind you can imagine and more. Where to start! We have collected some guidelines to help you decide on the perfect pots for your precious plants.

Plants are like Goldilocks: They want a pot that is just the right size. If the pot is too small, the soil dries out, the roots get all cramped up and are deprived of oxygen and nutrients, and the plant wilts. At least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of space is needed around the roots. If the pot is too large, the soil stays wet longer and mold, rot and root diseases can result. If your only choice is between too small and too large, choose too large. Roots really need room to grow.

If you have a plant with large, deep roots (i.e., large plants with lots of foliage), use a deep pot - as deep as it is wide works well. Plants with shallow roots need shallow pots, for example, succulents and cacti.

Aesthetically speaking, the pot should be about half the height of the plant: a 10-inch (25 cm) plant looks best in a 5-inch (13 cm) pot. 

Stores (discount department, grocery, hardware) label planter pots in inches (centimeters). Nurseries label them in gallons (liters), which is more puzzling to the casual plant lover. You can find a chart on the Internet that will convert gallons to inches. Or use a measuring tape to find the diameter of the pot across the top, the size of the pot in inches.

There actually is no "best." The material depends on what you like, but it is good to know what materials are out there and a little about each.

Plastic

Plastic pots are lightweight and a good choice when weight matters, such as with hanging baskets or if you intend to move the plants around. They also come in a pleasing selection of shapes and colors, are inexpensive and keep the soil moist longer. A downside is that they fade and become brittle if in direct sunlight.

Note: Do not use black or dark-colored plastic pots in a very sunny location. These colors absorb heat, get very hot, and damage roots.

Terra Cotta

Terra cotta pots are great for plants that like dry or well-aerated soil, e.g., cacti, succulents, orchids, bromeliads and any plant that does not want to sit in water. The earthy terra cotta color enhances the beauty of most plants and fits in with most decors. They are, however, heavy and comparatively expensive.

Note: A trolley with castors will allow you to move around a heavy planter pot.

Ceramic

Ceramic or glazed pots are fabulously decorative. They come in vibrant colors and a cornucopia of attractive designs. Tropical plants love them because the soil in ceramic pots stays moist.  They are sturdy, heavy and expensive. However, they are often seen for sale at flea markets and yards sales, so you can get a deal if you look around.

Wood

Wood planters look great, retain water well and are relatively lightweight. They must be made from rot-resistant wood, such as cedar or redwood. If made from a soft wood, make sure you stain the wood or paint it with non-toxic paint.

Metal

Metal planters are durable, fashionable, and make eye-catching accents that fit into every décor, from shabby chic to ultra-modern. Find your own metal planter, e.g., an old watering can, and your planter will be unique.

A problem is that metal pots overheat quickly, and the heat can stress your plants and damage their roots. You can protect your plants by "double potting," put the plant into a plastic insert, then put the insert into the metal planter. Or you can line your metal planters with bubble wrap to insulate the soil and roots from the hot metal.

Resin

Resin planters are lightweight, durable and inexpensive. They also can look like any other material, such as clay or stone without the back-breaking weight. They come in dozens of shapes, so you are sure to find pots that you love.

Eco-friendly Materials

You will find many eco-friendly planters: untreated wood planters, pots made from recycled paper, bamboo, corn husks, peat, coconut coir or rice straw. You also can choose upcycled planters, such as old wine or whiskey barrels.

Planter Pots

These are the planters that you see everywhere, in the materials that we have already discussed. Typically, they are round, oval, square or rectangular and free standing.

Hanging Planters

These planters are most often round but can be any shape. They are very decorative and perfect for a small space where you do not have room for planters on the floor or on stands. Drill a hook into the ceiling and hang the planter from ropes or macrame hangers. Pets and children cannot get to them - a bonus not only because of the mess from disturbed soil but also because many plants are poisonous.

Window Boxes

Window boxes can be used outside or inside the window. If you have an indoor/outdoor box, you can have it outside in warm weather and take it inside when temperatures start to drop. Plants along the window ledge or the wall below the window add personality and coziness to the room.

Vertical Wall Planters

Vertical wall planters are becoming more and more popular. There are many different types available or you can make your own vertical garden by arranging individual planters on the wall any way you like. They save space when it is at a premium. And they are "two-fers," both an indoor garden and wall art.

Luminous Planters

These are also "two-fers." They are beautiful pots for your plants while they create a romantic, ethereal atmosphere.  The LED light illuminates the plant and provides a soft glow to a darkened or dim-lit room. They are usually made from white polyethylene plastic in an array of sizes and shapes. Use them indoors or on the patio.

This is simply a little aside, because these are too cool not to share: wearable planters. Really!

The planters are made of a durable plastic resin that lends itself to an endless variety of artful forms, and there are necklaces, brooches, and lapel pins that hold a sprig, succulent, air plant or a freshly cut flower. It's fun watching those whom you encounter trying to come to terms with your wearing a plant!