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Pots and Planters Buying Guide

Whether you're an avid plant lover or a plant-growing newbie, you probably have a perfect spot for a pot or planter of some sort. Luckily, you don't need a wealth of gardening experience to successfully use pots and planters in your yard.

Types of Pots and Planters

Types of Pots and Planters

What patio doesn't look better with a cluster of containers dressing up a corner? How about a picnic table accented with a row of miniature pots down the center? Or a raised-bed corner dressed up with an oversize pot or planter? Pots and planters are essential elements of nearly every type of landscape, for plant lovers as well as outdoor aficionados. And there are various types of pots and planters available to accent architecture, enhance garden design, or dress up outdoor living spaces. Consider living wall, window box/deck rail, hanging, freestanding, patio, cascade, or plant-specific/novelty as you review your choices.

Living Wall

One of the newer pot and planter types to hit the market, living-wall planters attach to a vertical space and provide a growing medium for flowers, foliage, and vegetables -- great as a focal point or for space-challenged homes.

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John Richard
$1,000.50
at Luxe Decor

The furniture and accessory industry is evolving daily with ever-changing designs home fashion trends and styles that are obsolete... almost as soon as they are introduced! However the John-Richard culture has become an icon in this home fashion industry a staple if you will in tasteful classic home design.Each season close to a thousand new items are introduced from John Richard categories offered. John Richard designs are influenced by the world around us...richness found in exotic cities architecture from off the beaten path bistros or the color of a blouse worn on a city bus. The inspirations are boundless but John Richard products are bountiful. read more

Bright Green Roofs and Living Walls
$64.99 $69.99
at Hayneedle.com

Shop for Planters and Pottery from Hayneedle.com! Turn any plain or boring wall into a beautiful display of greenery and flowers w...ith the Living Wall Planter. Designed to fit almost any vertical structure this living wall is easy to incorporate into your decor. Separate planting boxes allow you to mix your plants to create a truly unique look and color combination that is a living work of art. Able to be hung separately or in groups this planter is lined with a moisture mat and your plants can be watered manually or with an irrigator. This package includes the Living Wall Irrigator: Ensure that your living wall is watered fully and efficiently with the Living Wall Irrigator. Designed to attach to the top of the modules the irrigator is designed to water the entire wall. The irrigator includes a controller drip line and regulator. Irrigator dimensions: 8W x 2.75D x 4H inches. read more

Algreen Products
$89.99
at Amazon

Algreen?s Garden View Vertical Planter allows you to hang your planter on your fence, deck or wall! The Garden View includes int...egrated slots for customized positioning of the 3 Planters. Create an impactful decorative garden feature to enjoy anytime you look out your window. The Garden View can also be used indoors as a warm and decorative hanging feature just waiting for a personal touch. read more

CompoClay
$107.99
at Amazon

The Hex Living Wall Planter is a stunning green product made from natural alternatives with sustainable style and quality without ...sacrificing the environment. Grow any of your favorite plants or flowers in the simple and elegant Hex Living Wall Planter as a beautiful accent to your front porch, home, or office. This Hex Living Wall Planter is made entirely out of CompoClay, a cutting-edge, green material that has the ability to emulate everything from wood and metal to stone and ceramic without sacrificing safety and durability. This earth-friendly planter is made from naturally derived mineral compounds, sea salt, sand and fiber. All CompoClay products are manufactured with low VOC emissions and minimal energy use that does not directly or indirectly pollute the environment. Dimensions: 35" L x 4.5" W x 18.8" H. read more

Window Box/Deck Rail

These pots and planters are suspended either under windows or from the sides of deck rails; they're perfect to add flowering vines and texture to these accent spots on a home.

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Griffith Creek Designs

Shop for Planters and Pottery from Hayneedle.com! The Nelumbo Window Box Planter - Black features a unique design that will provid...e your floral and vine arrangements a great place to call home. The timeless beauty will last for years. read more

DMC

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. This beautiful garden box is crafted from Eco-Friendly all natural cedar in the USA. It offer...s a terrific value and is designed so that it does not require a liner. There are pre-drilled holes as well as cedar footings underneath that provide drainage in Color: Wood. read more

DMC
Signature Hardware

Display a beautiful bed of plants and flowers within this Teak Wood Rectangular Planter. This freestanding planter can also be use...d as a window box with matching brackets, sold separately. Kiln dried and sanded to a smooth finish. Wood is unsealed and requires no sealing, staining or painting. If left outdoors, teak will weather to a silver-gray colorMaintain or restore color using TeakGuard products. 23 overall dimensions: 22-1/4 L x 12 W x 12 H. 30 overall dimensions: 30 L x 12 W x 12 H. 36 overall dimensions: 36 L x 12 W x 12 H. 48 overall dimensions: 47-1/4 L x 12 W x 12 H. Optional window box mounting brackets are sold separately. 36 Teak with a Teak finish. read more

Hanging

Suspended from overhead, hanging pots and planters usually hook to a single point on the ceiling of a patio or an overhead beam of a covered deck.

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IMAX
$67.00
at Amazon

Abigail Hanging Planter--This charming hanging planter featuring the whimsical phrase "Gardeners have the Best Dirt", has a wire t...rellis design and a rustic green finish. It provides just the right amount of support to trailing greenery or flowering vines. Handcrafted of iron, it measures 27.75"h x 2.5"w x 24.25". Care instructions: Wipe with a clean damp cloth, dry thoroughly. This fabulous, fun planter has been finished by hand with exemplary detail. There may be slight variations in finish, color and texture. These variations are a reflection of the authenticity of the piece and signal the originality of the artisan. Brought to you by IMAX- One source, a world of choices. read more

Griffith Creek Designs

Shop for Planters and Pottery from Hayneedle.com! Inspired by the classic look and rich heritage of a fine southern home, the Grif...fith Creek Designs Barrington Hanging Planter adds timeless elegance to your porch or patio. Powder-coated, Hammered Bronze finish enhances the beauty of the planter, while the pre-inserted, rot-and mildew-resistant coconut liner prevents soil from spilling onto your deck. Choose from three sizes to accent your outdoor space. Just what you need to show off your favorite flowering plants, this hanging planter comes with a chain for easy placement.Dimensions:14-inch planter: 14W x 7.75D inches16-inch planter: 16W x 9D inches20-inch planter: 20W x 10D inches read more

Primitive Planters

Shop for Plant Hooks, Shelves and Stands from Hayneedle.com! Bring life to any room in your home by hanging a plant with the help ...of the Primitive Planters Macrame Plant Hanger. Crafted of durable resin this planter hanger has an authentic hand-made look about it that's sure to add a nostalgic touch to your home. It's designed for indoor use and is available in a wide range of colors and two sizes. Now all you have to do is choose your favorite potted plant to go inside! read more

Plastec
$21.73
at Amazon

Another addition to our greenhouse line, this decorative wall hanging planter is a great way for the urban gardener to start seeds..., or grow small flowers or herbs. the pots are recycled plastic infused with flax and rice fibers, agricultural byproducts. the gift box is a color box that easily stacks on a shelf. read more

Patio

A patio planter or pot is the typical container for outdoor flowers, vegetables, and other plants. These come in varying sizes and dimensions as well as a range of materials.

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Planters Online

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. The Ancona Planter is one of our interpretations of the iconic Italian rolled rim planters or...iginally made in terracotta, but without the fragility and weight of clay. This classic style is available in 18 in., 24 in. and 28 in. diameters. This planter is 100% recyclable and its quality resin construction is built to withstand harsh winters and unrelenting UV rays. read more

Planters Online
$61.99 $86.00
at Walmart.com

PLON1059 Features Double-walled for optimal insulation Saucer recommended for indoor use (not included) Full depth for more soil c...apacity and root space Virtually unbreakable Material: Plastic Distressed: Yes Color: Shape: Circle Generic Dimensions 13'' H x 16'' W x 16'' D, 2.85 lbs Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 16 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 16 Inches Overall Product Weight: 2.85 Pounds read more

Ultralast

Bring the beauty of flowers right up to your door or onto your deck or balcony. Our Planter Boxes Kensington Planter Box is a plan...ter box and trellis all in one piece, ideal for planting your favorite perennials, flowering vines or vegetables. read more

Ultralast

Bring the beauty of flowers right up to your door or onto your deck or balcony. Our Planter Boxes Kensington Planter Box is a plan...ter box and trellis all in one piece, ideal for planting your favorite perennials, flowering vines or vegetables. read more

Cascade

A cascade planter has multiple tiers to add height to an outdoor space. The tiers are great for cascading plants and blooms.

Plant-Specific/Novelty

From strawberry planters to wheelbarrows reinvented as growing containers, plant-specific or novelty planters and pots are great additions to eclectic landscapes.

Product Features

Product Features

All pots and planters are designed to do the same thing -- grow flowers, vegetables, herbs, or other plants -- but there are product features that can make one type more or less appealing to you. For example, different materials have different pros and cons related to how well plants grow and how well the pot or planter enhances your outdoor spot. In addition, liners, trays, or self-watering pots or planters may be good features to consider before making an investment. Use this short guide to help you along on your shopping journey.

Material

Pots and planters can be made from a variety of materials, such as common terra-cotta, plastic, metal, or concrete. Each has a different weight and porosity that may affect its location and the plant choices it can hold.

Liner

Particularly for those containers that are repurposed or less durable, liners can sit in pots and planters to protect them from leaking water.

Tray

A tray or base prevents water from escaping through the pot or planter's bottom hole; it can be made of the same material or an accent material.

Self-Watering

Some of the newer pots and planters have self-watering elements that enable them to go longer stretches without supplemental watering.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Not all pots and planters are the same -- and their prices reflect that. The product features that are most important to you make the biggest impact on the price of a pot or planter. For example, a large plastic container probably is much more affordable than a large terra-cotta version. But after you've sorted through all the types and product features, consider just a few more purchase considerations before making a final choice. Those include surface protection and size/filled weight. Here's a very quick review.

Surface Protection

Trays or bases can help, but it's best to elevate your pots and planters that sit on the floor of a deck or patio.

Size/Filled Weight

The larger the container, the more difficult it is to move, but you'll be able to grow plants such as shrubs and larger annuals.

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La Fuente Imports

Talavera planters provide the perfect backdrop for flowers, herbs, small shrubs, hanging plants or succulents. The vibrant colors ...and intricate patterns will highlight the verdant hues of all your garden plants. Hand-painted in Dolores Hidalgo, the ceramic of these Talavera wall planters embodies the classic charm of Mexican Talavera. Using natural clay and high-fire techniques, these planters are suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage. Our Talavera wall planters all feature mounting holes on the back and a convenient drain hole to keep the soil properly drained. Find the style and design that speaks to you and let the bright colors of Mexico breathe life into your plants and garden decor! Large Talavera Wall Planter. 11H x 12W x 6D. Due to the handmade nature of Talavera, colors and design may vary slightly. Clay Talavera Wall Planters Collection. New. read more

Large Talavera Wall Planter 11"H x 12"W x 6"D
The Brookfield Co.
$69.99 $99.99
at Hayneedle.com

Shop for Planters and Pottery from Hayneedle.com! The Truth Is Wisdom Planter is a playful way to add character to your plants and... your home. Featuring a playful mouse and the inscription Knowledge Is Truth this planter is both a unique accent piece and a functional pot for your favorite plant. Sturdy reinforced concrete construction makes it ideal for warm-weather outdoor use and a variety of finishes allows you to mix and match with your decor. It measures 10L x 10W x 9H inches.About Fiber-Reinforced ConcreteFiber-reinforced concrete is simply concrete that has been blended with fibrous material which increases its structural integrity and durability. The fibers used are typically steel or glass and they are distributed evenly throughout the concrete mix to help hold it together and reinforce the construction. Fiber-reinforced concrete is resistant to shrinkage and cracking that can be caused by temperature changes or inclement weather.About The Brookfield CompanyMakers of fine large-scale planters and containers The Brookfield Company was founded in 1985 by owners Hilda Gilkeson Jones and John Cline. Together John and Hilda sculpt the original designs that Brookfield still produces today creating a line of unique exceptional products that bring style to any garden. They operate under the philosophy that planters should enhance surrounding areas and make your fine plants and flowers the center of attention; Brookfield's crisp sophisticated designs reflect that idea. read more

Round Cast Stone Truth is Wisdom Planter BFC056-1
The Brookfield Co.
$59.99 $79.99
at Hayneedle.com

Shop for Planters and Pottery from Hayneedle.com! This fun Rabbit Planter adds bubbly animal life to your garden without the nibbl...es! Bubbly bunny design Constructed from sturdy reinforced concrete with a center drain hole Many color options What We Like About the Rabbit Planter This irresistible small planter is adorable with its leaping rabbits and flared design. It also comes with a center drain hole and is durable enough for outside or inside. Pick from the several different colors to make a perfect match to your decor. read more

Round Cast Stone Rabbit Planter BFC041-14
The Brookfield Co.
$129.98 $219.99
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Shop for Planters and Pottery from Hayneedle.com! The Oval Garden Planter is a simple way to showcase your favorite plants with st...yle. Its unique oval design allows for a variety of planting options and its sturdy cast stone construction is long-lasting. With charming ribbon and garland accents this planter is sure to add character to any setting. It is available in your choice of colors to match any decor. Ideal for warm-weather use it measures 25.5L x 12.75W x 6.5H inches.About Cast StoneCast stone is stronger than natural stone since the man-made casting process removes the air bubbles that can sometimes occur in natural materials. Cast stone is basically a form of cement which contains fragments of various types of stones mixed with mortar and is then poured into a mold to create a durable final product. Cast stone is resistant to weather chips and cracking and is ideal for use in outdoor decorations.About The Brookfield CompanyMakers of fine large-scale planters and containers The Brookfield Company was founded in 1985 by owners Hilda Gilkeson Jones and John Cline. Together John and Hilda sculpt the original designs that Brookfield still produces today creating a line of unique exceptional products that bring style to any garden. They operate under the philosophy that planters should enhance surrounding areas and make your fine plants and flowers the center of attention; Brookfield's crisp sophisticated designs reflect that idea. Brookfield planters are cast from fiber- read more

Oval Cast Stone Garland Planter BFC046
The Brookfield Co.
$69.99 $99.99
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Shop for Planters and Pottery from Hayneedle.com! With its simple cloud pattern the Small Cloud Planter is a unique tranquil addit...ion to any home garden or patio. Its oval shape fits a variety of small plants and its resilient concrete construction is ideal for outdoor use in warmer months. Available in a variety of finishes to match any decor it measures 8L x 8W x 6H inches.About Fiber-Reinforced ConcreteFiber-reinforced concrete is simply concrete that has been blended with fibrous material which increases its structural integrity and durability. The fibers used are typically steel or glass and they are distributed evenly throughout the concrete mix to help hold it together and reinforce the construction. Fiber-reinforced concrete is resistant to shrinkage and cracking that can be caused by temperature changes or inclement weather.About The Brookfield CompanyMakers of fine large-scale planters and containers The Brookfield Company was founded in 1985 by owners Hilda Gilkeson Jones and John Cline. Together John and Hilda sculpt the original designs that Brookfield still produces today creating a line of unique exceptional products that bring style to any garden. They operate under the philosophy that planters should enhance surrounding areas and make your fine plants and flowers the center of attention; Brookfield's crisp sophisticated designs reflect that idea. Brookfield planters are cast from fiber-reinforced concrete which is highly resistant to weather and breakage. read more

Small Round Cast Stone Cloud Planter - 039-N BFC058
Balsam Hill

The 4-foot Mountain Meadow Potted Artificial Christmas Tree has grey-green foliage accented with tones of cool browns and greens a...nd decorated with pine cones, eucalyptus, and cypress. Introduce natural elegance into your holiday decor with this tree's enchanting clear lights. Balsam Hill’s mission is to create the world’s most beautiful and realistic artificial Christmas trees.  We are committed to providing our customers with a picture-perfect holiday.  With innovations like hinged branches and options like remote-controlled pre-strung lights, our luxurious trees will let you sit back and enjoy Christmas to the fullest, this year and for years to come.  Our trees are designed using branches from real trees, and our exclusive True Needle technology creates the most realistic looking and feeling branch tips.  You and your guests may not believe that your gorgeous Balsam Hill Christmas tree is artificial. Balsam Hill’s trees have won awards for their realism and have been featured in movies, television shows, and celebrity homes.  Our wide range of styles and sizes ensures you will be able to find a tree that fits perfectly in your home.  We also have a range of beautiful wreaths and garlands to put the finishing touches on your home this holiday season. read more

4' BH Mountain Meadow Potted Artificial Christmas Tree - Clear
Balsam Hill

The new 4-foot Rutherford Fir Artificial Christmas Tree features fresh, light green needle hues coupled with our exclusive True Ne...edle Technology that lends an aura of stunning realism. It comes with professionally clear lights and long slender tips that are perfect for your decorations and that are sure to enhance the holiday atmosphere in your home. Balsam Hill’s mission is to create the world’s most beautiful and realistic artificial Christmas trees.  We are committed to providing our customers with a picture-perfect holiday.  With innovations like hinged branches and options like remote-controlled pre-strung lights, our luxurious trees will let you sit back and enjoy Christmas to the fullest, this year and for years to come.  Our trees are designed using branches from real trees, and our exclusive True Needle technology creates the most realistic looking and feeling branch tips.  You and your guests may not believe that your gorgeous Balsam Hill Christmas tree is artificial. Balsam Hill’s trees have won awards for their realism and have been featured in movies, television shows, and celebrity homes.  Our wide range of styles and sizes ensures you will be able to find a tree that fits perfectly in your home.  We also have a range of beautiful wreaths and garlands to put the finishing touches on your home this holiday season. read more

4' Balsam Hill Rutherford Fir Potted Artificial Christmas Tree - Clear
Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill® 40" x 18" Pedestal Urn Planter Pot in Dark Bronze acts as both a planter and a pedestal for your real or faux floral ...arrangements, making a stately accent for any entryway or garden. This deluxe pedestal urn is decorated with an egg-and-dart motif in a Dark Bronze finish. Made from a combination of resin, stone, and fiberglass and featuring a hole for drainage, this lightweight yet durable pedestal planter will withstand nature's harshest elements. A versatile piece for any environment, our Pedestal Urn Planter Pot will add a dignified flair to your floral displays. read more

40" x 18" Pedestal Urn Planter Pot - Dark Bronze
Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill® 40" x 18" Pedestal Urn Planter Pot in Antique Iron acts as both a planter and a pedestal for your real or faux floral... arrangements, making a stately accent for any entryway or garden. This deluxe pedestal urn is decorated with an egg-and-dart motif in an iron finish. Made from a combination of resin, stone, and fiberglass and featuring a hole for drainage, this lightweight yet durable pedestal planter will withstand nature's harshest elements. A versatile piece for any environment, our Pedestal Urn Planter Pot will add a dignified flair to your floral displays. read more

40" x 18" Pedestal Urn Planter Pot - Antique Iron
La Fuente Imports

Talavera planters provide the perfect backdrop for flowers, herbs, small shrubs, hanging plants or succulents. The vibrant colors ...and intricate patterns will highlight the verdant hues of all your garden plants. Hand-painted in Dolores Hidalgo, the ceramic of these Talavera wall planters embodies the classic charm of Mexican Talavera. Using natural clay and high-fire techniques, these planters are suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage. Our Talavera wall planters all feature mounting holes on the back and a convenient drain hole to keep the soil properly drained. Find the style and design that speaks to you and let the bright colors of Mexico breathe life into your plants and garden decor! Large Talavera Wall Planter. 11"H x 12"W x 6"D. Due to the handmade nature of Talavera, colors and design may vary slightly. Clay Talavera Wall Planters Collection. New. read more

Large Talavera Wall Planter 11"H x 12"W x 6"D
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