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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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New Rustics

Inspired by artisans from around the globe, the Sedo Collection features tural textures and rich color, for a rustic yet modern lo...ok. The collection includes a variety of new handcrafted accessories ranging from bright and vibrant to tural and subdued.; S read more

Woolly Pocket

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. Have fun with plants! Living Wall Planter 2 is not just more affordable, it is better in ever...y way, easier to use, higher performance, more adaptable, and greener. Vertical gardening is now within reach of every... read more

Woolly Pocket

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. Have fun with plants! Living Wall Planter 2 is not just more affordable, it is better in ever...y way, easier to use, higher performance, more adaptable, and greener. Vertical gardening is now within reach of every... read more

Pride Garden Products

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. With its patent-pending design, the AquaSav Vertical Wall Planter simplifies vertical gardeni...ng for every level of gardener. The AquaSav Vertical Wall Planter creates beautiful garden art? and green walls without... 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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Diamond Teak

DMT1001: Features: -Window box planter.-Material: Teak wood.-Comes with stainless steel hardware.-Drainage holes.-Place soil direc...tly in planter, no liner needed.-Sustainable, elegant and sturdy.-Comes fully assembled.-Raised cleats.-Shape: Rectangle.-Distressed: No.-Country of Manufacture: Costa Rica. Dimensions: -6 lbs: 6.125'' H x 24'' W x 5'' D.-7 lbs: 6.125'' H x 30'' W x 5'' D.-8 lbs: 6.125'' H x 36'' W x 5'' D.-9 lbs: 6.125'' H x 48'' W x 5'' D. read more

Griffith Creek Designs

The Barrington Window Box, commonly referred to as a Hayrack, has been a staple of outdoor dcor for time immemorial. Truly a class...ic, it is found everywhere from the world's most distinguished addresses to the most common dwelling. It is constructed of zinc and powdered coated steel that will provide rust free beauty for years. The Barrington Window Box is delivered with a pre-inserted thick and tightly woven, rot and mildew resistant coco fiber liner. Dimensions: Inside dimensions are 8.25 wide x 8.25 deep Includes pre-inserted woven coco fiber liner Black steel is made with rust and UV inhibitors Includes universal over the rail hook for railings 2x4' or 2x6 Planter is designed with knockouts to ease surface installation   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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Dwell store

Bring the energy and freshness of nature into your home with designer Farrah Sit's Hanging Planter. The possibilities with this ve...rsatile piece are vast: curate your own organic installation, grow an herb garden in your kitchen wall, store small inspirations above your desk. Each handmade porcelain planter is fastened to an amber leather strap that dangles delicately from a solid brass hook, echoing the marriage of the substantial and the delicate in the natural world. read more

Bloem Living LLC

Bloem Milano Hanging Basket 17 in. is a beautiful hanging basket from the Milano series that features new and fashionable design i...n a trendy color. It's made of high-quality plastic with fine matte finishing that guarantees to last for years. It highlights a nice hand-awed ring decorative detail on the top part of the basket. Each one has a detachable drain plug to provide proper drainage to your plants so root rot can be prevented. It also includes a matching macrame cord so you can hang it anywhere you desire. It is ideal to use in and out of your home. Get one now to decorate your plants and flowers in a stylish way. Product is available in 17-inch size. Product comes in the following colors: Bloem Milano Hanging Basket - Black Bloem Milano Hanging Basket - Exotica Bloem Milano Hanging Basket - Living Green Bloem Milano Hanging Basket - Midsummer Night Bloem Milano Hanging Basket - Peppercorn Bloem Milano Hanging Basket - Terra Cotta Bloem Milano Hanging Basket - Turbulent read more

Moonrays

Shine light on your favorite hanging basket with this solar-powered LED hanging planter light. The metal light, chains, and hooks ...needed to connect this planter light to your existing hanging basket are included. This hanging planter light requires no wiring and provides up to 8 hours of lighting when fully charged. read more

Greenbo Rail Planters

GBOP1006 Features High quality materials both for indoor and outdoor use Smart drainage mechanism / water recycles Switch easily b...etween functions, all of the GreenBall hangers are design for ''easy-click'' and switch so anyone can design its look according to desired design vision and look quickly and easily Easily opens into 2 parts allowing you to empty the extra water, clean it and use it for other plants watering Set of 3 planters Smart drainage, no-drip mechanism Shape: Circle Dimensions Height without base: 5.4'' Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 6.62 '' Overall Width - Side to Side: 6.69 '' Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6.69 '' Overall Product Weight: 1.32 lbs Hanging Length: 15.7 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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CMI
$56.99
at Target

Find planters and accessories at Target.com! Give your plants the proper display they deserve with this 2-tiered metal wire plante...r stand. The contemporary design composed of crisp, clean lines makes this plant stand a great addition to your home's modern d??cor. The rust-proof metal construction means it can be used both indoors and out. The unique 2-tier design and sturdy frame leaves plenty of room to securely hold several plants at once. Some assembly required. 50 lb. Weight capacity. Dimensions: 26" h x 14" w x 14" d. read more

CMI
CMI
$64.99
at Target

Find planters and accessories at Target.com! Give your plants the proper display they deserve with this metal planter stand with c...oco liner. The gorgeous sweeping lines, fleur de lis accent and striking silhouette make this plant stand a great complement to your home's d??cor. The rust-proof metal construction means it can be used both indoors and out. The unique 3-tier design, sturdy frame and coco liners leave plenty of room to securely hold several plants at once. Some assembly required. 50 lb. Weight capacity. Dimensions: 53" h x 12" w x 21" d. read more

CMI
CMI
$44.99
at Target

Find planters and accessories at Target.com! Give your plants the proper display they deserve with this wire planter stand. The co...ntemporary design composed of crisp, clean lines makes this plant stand a great addition to your home's modern d??cor. The rust-proof metal construction means it can be used both indoors and out. The artistically-designed, sturdy frame will securely hold your most prized potted plant. Some assembly required. Dimensions: 21" h x 12" w x 12" d. read more

CMI
CMI
$59.99
at Target

Find planters and accessories at Target.com! Give your plants the proper display they deserve with this 2-tiered metal wire plante...r stand. The gorgeous trailing vines and graceful silhouette make this plant stand a great complement to your home's d??cor. The rust-proof metal construction means it can be used both indoors and out. The unique 2-tier design and sturdy frame leaves plenty of room to securely hold several plants at once. Some assembly required. 50 lb. Weight capacity. Dimensions: 26" h x 12.5" w x 30" d. read more

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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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Frontgate

Cast in long-lasting fiberglass-bonded resin. Generous bowl is large enough to sustain an evergreen shrub. Flank an entry with 2 p...lanters for added impact. Includes drain holes. Give your front door a regal feeling with our Lucio Outdoor Planter. This dramatic piece evokes the feeling of a lush Versailles garden without the heavy weight of a traditional cast-stone planter. . . . . Made in USA. read more

Frontgate

Made of the highest quality Galestro® clay from Colorobbia, which is known for it superior physical and aesthetic durability.... Can be used as a planter or decorative accent. Handmade following ancient Tuscan techniques. Sculpted shell and leaf motif echoes ancient Etruscan design. Fired at high temperature for frost-resistance. With details dating to the pre-Roman Etruscan period, our urn-shaped Sienna Planter brings the romance of authentic Tuscan design to your terrace. Defined by beautiful high-relief (alto rilievo) sculpting, each terracotta planter is shaped by hand at Terrecotte San Rocco, using traditional artisan techniques. Beautifully edged cut-outs adorn the lid and base, which is finished with shell and leaf motifs. Made of the highest quality Galestro clay from Colorobbia, which is known for it superior physical and aesthetic durability . . . . . Includes drain hole with plug . Beautiful Washed Grey finish . Made in Italy. read more

Frontgate

While lighter than natural stone, our real cast stone has substantial weight and durability. Will acquire a natural aged patina ov...er time. Each piece is coated with an outdoor stone sealer, which can be renewed yearly. Hose clean with water. English Stone finish. Handcrafted in the USA by skilled artisans, this Barrington Planter has the strength, texture, and appearance of natural limestone. This decorative outdoor planter is resilient to extreme weather conditions and is safe for year-round outdoor use. . . . . . Includes drain hole. Natural beige finish. Made in the USA. Most dirt and debris can be removed with water. For more thorough cleaning, use a pH-neutral cleaner. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners. Do not use a power washer. To maintain original finish, remove acidic contaminants reasonably quickly. Or simply let it age naturally. 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

These Talavera planters feature wonderfully intricate floral patterns that will look great with your plants, indoors or out! The c...eramic of these Talavera planters is hand-painted in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico, and embodies all the classic charm of Mexican Talavera. Available in several shapes and sizes, all Talavera planters also feature a convenient drain hole. Let the bright colors and your plants breathe life back into your home decor! XL Talavera Planter. 12 1/2W x 11 1/2H. Due to the handmade nature of Talavera, colors and design may vary slightly. Clay Talavera Planters Collection. New. read more

XL Talavera Planter 12 1/2"W x 11 1/2"H
Balsam Hill

A pair of the 4' Colorado Mountain Spruce Potted Artificial Christmas Tree. Their rich green hue and clear lights will complement ...any Christmas decor. 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

Set of 2 BH Colorado Spruce Potted Artificial Christmas Tree - Clear
The Brookfield Co.
$69.99 $99.99
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The Truth Is Wisdom Planter is a playful way to add character to your plants and your home. Featuring a playful mouse and the insc...ription 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. Brookfield planters are cast from fiber-reinforced concrete which is highly resistant to weather and breakage. They're designed for use outdoors in almost any climate or location. Color: Natural,Sandstone Gray,Natural Gray,Brick Texture,Sandstone Texture,Natural Texture,Brick,Sandstone,Brick Pecan,Sandstone Pecan,Natural Pecan,Brick Moss,Sandstone Moss,Natural Moss,Brick White,Sandstone White,Natural White,Brick Gray. read more

Round Cast Stone Truth is Wisdom Planter BFC056-1
The Brookfield Co.
$69.99 $99.99
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The Small Goldfish Planter is constructed from sturdy reinforced concrete making it ideal for warm-weather outdoor use. A lively g...oldfish design encircles this whimsical planter giving it a sense of character. It is available in your choice of finishes to match any decor. With a compact shape that's ideal for small plants it measures 9.75L x 9.75W x 8.5H 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. They're designed for use outdoors in almost any climate or location. Color: Natural. read more

Small Round Cast Stone Goldfish Planter BFC053
Home Decorators Collection

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. The Ella Tall Planter will enhance the look of your indoor or outdoor decor with towering des...ign and an interesting swirl pattern. Combined with a durable construction of stone and resin, you'll be enjoying this one-of-a-kind planter for years to come. Order yours today. Color: Black. read more

Ella Tall Planter - 27.5"H (Large), Black
Home Decorators Collection

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. The Tall Napa Planter will enhance the look of your decor with its uniquely tall design and i...nteresting swirl pattern. Combined with a durable construction of stone and resin, you'll be enjoying this one-of-a-kind outdoor accessory for years to come. Order yours today. Color: Black. read more

Tall Napa Planter - 19.5, Black
The Brookfield Co.
$69.99 $99.99
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With its simple cloud pattern the Small Cloud Planter is a unique tranquil addition to any home garden or patio. Its oval shape fi...ts 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. They're designed for use outdoors in almost any climate or location. Color: Natural,Sandstone Gray,Natural Gray,Brick Texture,Sandstone Texture,Natural Texture,Brick,Sandstone,Brick Pecan,Sandstone Pecan,Natural Pecan,Brick Moss,Sandstone Moss,Natural Moss,Brick White,Sandstone White,Natural White,Brick Gray. read more

Small Round Cast Stone Cloud Planter - 039-N BFC058
The Brookfield Co.
$129.98 $219.99
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The Oval Garden Planter is a simple way to showcase your favorite plants with style. Its unique oval design allows for a variety o...f 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-reinforced concrete which is highly resistant to weather and breakage. They're designed for use outdoors in almost any climate or location. Color: Natural,Sandstone Gray,Natural Gray,Brick Texture,Sandstone Texture,Natural Texture,Brick,Sandstone,Brick Pecan,Sandstone Pecan,Natural Pecan,Brick Moss,Sandstone Moss,Natural Moss,Brick White,Sandstone White,Natural White,Brick Gray. read more

Oval Cast Stone Garland Planter BFC046
Oriental Furniture
$48.99 $69.99
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Decorated with a classic Ming dynasty era blue and white export pattern, a richly-detailed Asian landscape motif with mountains an...d pagodas. Great for houseplants, live or dry flower arrangements, or lucky bamboo. This design has a hole drilled in the bottom for watering live plants. Top quality high temperature fired porcelain ceramic. Drainage hole in bottom. See our entire selection of oriental fishbowls and planter pots. Dimensions: 9.00L x 10.00W x 7.50H read more

10" Landscape Blue & White Porcelain Flower Pot
Chi Wing Rattan Factory
$149.98 $299.99
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Give your back a break, and know just what kind of soil you're dealing with when you bring home the Coral Coast Simply Grow Cedar ...Raised Patio Planter. Crafted of cedar, this planter is resistant to rot, warping and moisture. Raised garden beds are also a great way to keep the critters out of your growing veggies. Another benefit to a raised garden bed is that when you're trying to produce an organic garden, you know it's all organic because you did it yourself. There's no guessing as to what's in the ground soil. Detailed Dimensions: Leg dimensions: 1.97W x 1.97D x 36H in. Distance between legs: 32 in. Clearance to bottom of planter: 23 in. About Cedar Wood Cedar wood is lightweight and resistant to both cracking and moisture rot. The oils of this resilient wood guard against insect attack and decay, and their distinctive aroma acts as a mild insect repellant. Cedar is a dependable choice for outdoor furniture, either as a finished or unfinished wood. Over time, unfinished cedar left outdoors will weather to a silvery gray patina. This natural process does not compromise the strength or integrity of the wood. Another great aspect of cedar is its environmental effect - which is minimal. A renewable resource, cedar wood emits low greenhouse gases. So rest assured knowing that your beautiful cedar furniture is a green choice, too! About Coral Coast What if, when you closed your eyes, you pictured yourself in your own backyard? Coral Coast has a collection of easygoing, affordable outdoor accessories for your patio, pool, or backyard. The latest colors and styles mingle with true classics in weather-worthy fabrics and finished woods, ready for relaxation. Make yours a life of leisure. Pre-Season savings reflected in current price! Dimensions: 36L x 36W x 36H inches Weather-resistant cedar construction Moisture-, warp-, and rot-resistant Raised design is easier on your back and knees Control soil quality and keep animals out Planting bed depth: 12 inches read more

Coral Coast Simply Grow Cedar Raised Patio Planter
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