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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New Age Garden
$139.99 $121.24

Crafted from strong and durable ecoFLEXMade of recycled polymers and reclaimed wood fibersResistant to all any and all natural cau...sesMoisture-proof, won't dry rot, insect-resistantIdeal for yards with limited spaceVertical option measures: 32W x 8D x 45H in.Horizontal option measures: 42W x 8D x 21.5H in.. Ideal for anyone with limited yard space or living in an apartment. The New Age Garden ecoConcepts Living Wall Planter allows you to grow up instead of out. With several shelves for planting, this living wall provides almost 20-feet of growing space and can be mixed and matched with other living wall sizes and orientations (not included) to create a living work of art in your own backyard. Crafted from strong and durable ecoFLEX, which is comprised of recycled polymers and reclaimed wood fibers, this living wall is resistant to anything mother nature can throw at it. Moisture proof, this living wall will not warp, split, crack, dry rot, or be infested by insects. It's also non-toxic and naturally antimicrobial. Made mostly of wood, you can use any exterior latex paint or multiple applications of an oil-based stain to make this beautiful living wall complement your outdoor decor. Able to be assembled in five minutes or less, without tools, this living wall is also easy to clean with a little water and includes a limited 10 year warranty. Option to choose Vertical or Horizontal display. Additional Features Non-toxic and will not warp, split, or crack Naturally anti-microbial Can be painted with any exterior latex paint Can be stained with an oil-based stain May take multiple applications of stain Features 7 shelves for growing Provides almost 20 feet of growing space Easy to assemble without tools Assembles in 5 minutes or less Easy to clean with a little water Limited 10 year warranty Option to choose vertical or horizontal display About Pinta InternationalA U.S. based subsidiary of Hang Wing Environmental Company Ltd., Pinta International Inc. manufactures a wide rage of products in its Shantou, China factory. Because of their unique direct-from-the-factory relationship, Pinta has the advantage of complete design and quality control while keeping costs low and market response speedy. Pinta has always made it a goal to consistently market high quality products that give consumers unique benefits previously unseen in specific categories and Pinta strives to be a leader in each category. The majority of their products are made up of ecoFLEX™; a composite blend of recycled polymers and reclaimed wood fiber by-products. In addition to being green, these materials present consumers a long list of benefits that are derived from its very nature as a composite. Pinta's philosophy requires the recycled and reclaimed materials used for ecoFLEX to be acquired from sources where prior use is certified or, in the case of wood components, come from a subsidiary lumber yard to assure content and purity. This gives Pinta 100% confidence in the source and safety of the materials they use. Size: Horizontal - 45W x 8D x 21H in.. read more

Fermob
$838.00 $712.30

A long and low place for plants. The Fermob Basket Long Planter features a lengthy aluminum planter set in a steel rod frame, whic...h acts as both planter stand and a carrier. Two drainage holes at either end of the planter help prevent standing water, whether plants are kept in their original containers (as recommended) or planted in soil. Based in Thoissey, France, Fermob has been creating fine outdoor furniture since 1953. Their current line of colorful and comfortable aluminum and steel furniture promotes the "Outdoor Lounge" way of life. It encourages outdoor rest and relaxation while caring for, protecting and improving the environment it inhabits. All Fermob outdoor furniture is made in France out of recyclable materials. read more

Planterworx
$465.00

A sub-dominant element in the contemporary landscape, the Planterworx Ranch Planter creates a foundation on which to build an urba...n garden. One that works best when paired with taller pieces, the minimal Ranch Planter can also be enjoyed when used alone to create sections for an outdoor patio or pool area. Planterworx is a leader in the fabrication of quality, sustainable window boxes and modern modular planters. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Planterworx uses steel and powder coated aluminum to create durable and versatile planters (both made with recycled content and, in turn, fully recyclable). The Planterworx Home collection of contemporary planters is designed with the urban gardener in mind. read more

Vondom
$220.00

The Vondom High Cylinder Planter is a planter and pedestal in one. This tall, narrow planter is made by rotation molding polyethyl...ene plastic. The result is smooth, strong and lightweight, with a generous cavity on top for planting. Use indoors as well as out, singly or grouped together with others to make a dramatic statement. Founded in 2010 in Valencia, Spain, Vondom creates wonderfully avant-garde furniture, planters, lighting and accessories for outdoor or indoor use all over the world. Designers like Karim Rashid, Eero Aarino, Ludovica & Roberto Palomba have been engaged by Vondom to make creative use of plastics and other durable materials. The results are contemporary outdoor furniture and accessories that run the gamut from playfully curvaceous to artfully sculptural to out-and-out fractal. 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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Mayne
$183.99 $159.53

The Yorkshire window box helps you bring home the charm of the East Coast while offering a low maintenance solution. Compliment th...e appearance of your home with a product that cleans up with the simple rinse of a garden hose. read more

Griffith Creek Designs
$50.70

Nelumbo Window Box Planter Modern Window Box Planter Design The Nelumbo features a unique design that will provide your floral and... vine arrangements a great place to call home. The timeless beauty will last for years. Features Available in 24", 30", 36" and 48" Lengths Inside Dimensions are 8" Wide x 8.75" Deep Includes Woven Coco Fiber Liner- Pre Inserted Steel is Made with Rust and UV Inhibitors Includes Universal Over the Rail Hook for Railings 2" x 4' or 2" x 6" Planter is designed with Knockouts to Ease Surface Installation Color: Black Low Price Guarantee About Griffith Creek Designs Our story is simple. Griffith Creek Designs is dedicated to design products that we thought people all over America would love. The basic idea was to design products of simplicity and extreme function. We understand that people who invested their hard-earned money in our products would get the best of both worlds. To put it really simply, we're outdoor living people at heart. That's what we do. We design products, like the coil hose, hanging baskets, window boxes and plant supports that are easy to use, long lasting and functional. "To market high quality, innovative decorative planters and planter accessories to the North American consumer, while continuing our tradition of providing the highest value, quality and service in the Lawn and Garden Industry." read more

Bloem
$25.49 $21.67

Provide room for your houseplants or outdoor annuals with this window box planter. The textured finish gives this planter a natura...l clay look for enhanced appeal. Show your environmental responsiveness with this recyclable resin planter. Length of... read more

Mayne
$139.99 $108.14

Why limit your style to the indoors? Mayne planters will transform your property into a personal retreat with outdoor flair. Built...-in water reservoir encourages healthy plant growth by allowing plants to practically water themselves. 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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Bloem
$59.99 $50.99

Small apartments or lofts will welcome the capability to grow herbs, vegetables, flowers, or fruits in this three-piece hanging pl...anter system. A built-in self-watering grid in each pot creates a water reservoir to help reduce the frequency of watering... read more

Bloem
$59.99 $53.99

Small apartments or lofts will welcome the capability to grow herbs, vegetables, flowers, or fruits in this three-piece hanging pl...anter system. A built-in self-watering grid in each pot creates a water reservoir to help reduce the frequency of watering... read more

Threshold
$19.99

Find Planters and Accessories at Target.com! The graceful glass planter can provide a special touch to your home and garden. Add s...ome soil and grow a small plant in the space. Bring a decorative touch to indoor / outdoor gardening. Keep your plants growing nearby with this Convenience Deluxe Hanging Planter and these glass planter with rope handles are beautiful enough to be used as vases or hanging planter. Use it indoors or outdoors to show off your green thumb and brighten up your living areas. Exclusive at Target Color: Clear. read more

$26.95

The secret to colorful, long-lasting hanging flower baskets? AquaSav™ basket liners! We've paired this long-time customer favorite... with traditional hayrack hanging baskets for an attractive and easy-care patio or porch display. Developed for the commercial nursery trade, AquaSav™ liners have a water-retaining layer sandwiched between natural coir fiber. Plants require 50% less watering compared with other fiber baskets in which soil dries out quickly and the water you apply runs right through. AquaSav™ liners not only reduce your watering chores, they're also lifesavers for flowers exposed to both sun and wind. Hayrack baskets are made from sturdy steel with a dark bronze-colored finish. Steel basket with dark bronze-colored finish Liner is natural coir with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic layer 18" in diameter x 9" H 23" powder-coated steel chain Holds 16 quarts of potting mix read more

Freestanding

Freestanding pots and planters usually have a base to lift up plants. These are perfect to accent corners in an outdoor living space or cluster in varying heights.

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Happy Planter
$129.12

Happy Planter wood garden kits and planters provide rustic rugged look to your garden. Vintage style barrel planters age beautiful...ly adding loads of character. All kits and planters are weatherproof and insect resistant. Strong and durable, planters tighten with moisture and soil. Made in Vietnam from high quality Acacia hardwood. read more

Plant Stand
$7.99

Dimensions: 9L x 12W x 1H in.. Plastic construction. No drainage holes. Allows air flow to plants. Outdoor use. The Plant Stand 12... in. 4-Arm Plant Stand lifts your pots up to provide plants with improved airflow. This stand has four protruding arms and can be adjusted to fit a variety of different sized planters. It also prevents water damage to your deck, hardwood floors, and carpets so you can enjoy your plants in any environment. Color: Forest Green. read more

Planters
$51.77

Enjoy the space saving convenience of the Convenience Concepts 4Tier Plant Stand Simply place and display your plants on the 3 sto...rage shelves It features slatted bottom that allows for proper water drainage Ideal for patios, decks, small backyards or... read more

Planters
$32.74

Enjoy the space saving convenience of the Convenience Concepts 3Tier Plant Stand Simply place and display your plants on the 3 sto...rage shelves It features slatted bottoms that allows for proper water drainage Ideal for patios, decks, small backyards or... 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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Southern Patio
$30.79

The bright & vibrant colors of the Devyn line are a breath of fresh air to any garden. Hdr construction provides protection agains...t harmful UV rays & resistance to cracking. This product adds a great value. read more

Southern Patio
$19.79

Crafted from durable, high-density resins, an ideal alternative to heavy, natural substrates that carry higher price points. Desig...ned with cutting edge techniques to produce a resin planter of superior quality with precise coloration, Texture & finish. 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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The Better Homes and Gardens Bombay planter is a great combination of functionality and style. You can make use of this easy-to-mo...ve, decorative 16" planter both outdoors and indoors. Constructed of lightweight resin in a ceramic finish with clean lines, the decorative planter looks beautiful. This indoor decorative planter is large enough to accommodate a huge array of floral arrangements and different plants. The outdoor flower planter is not only resistant to UV rays but is also capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$25.92 $17.58

The Better Homes and Gardens Bombay Decorative Planter combines style with functionality. It features a fantastic ceramic-look fin...ish for added appeal. This planter has a lovely, glossy green color that will complement a wide variety of decors. It is very lightweight and easy to move as needed. This flower planter is treated to be UV resistant so its beautiful color won't fade. It can also resist temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. The Better Homes and Gardens Bombay Decorative Planter would look great on a front porch or back deck or patio. It is available in multiple sizes and can accommodate a wide range of flowers or other plants. This attractive green planter can be used indoors or out. Since it is portable, it can also be used to hold plants that might need to be moved indoors in cooler weather, or from direct sun to shade as needed. read more

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Better Homes and Gardens Dubai 15" Decorative Resin Planter, Meerkat/Tan:LightweightResistant to weather extremesUV protection in ...the paintEasily drilled for drainageIndoor or outdoor use3-year limited warranty read more

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Better Homes and Gardens Dubai 15" Decorative Resin Planter, Thyme:LightweightResistant to weather extremesUV protection in the pa...intEasily drilled for drainageIndoor or outdoor use3-year limited warranty read more

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Better Homes and Gardens 18" Planter, Brown:Lightweight, durable resinRetains moisture longer than standard clay potsFor indoor an...d outdoor useDrillable drain hole read more

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