You can’t beat a stunning outdoor planter for dialling up the patio style stakes. And as exciting new materials are being used to manufacture these garden must-haves, there are plenty of innovative and beautiful designs to choose from.
Improvements mean that all sorts of complex shapes and seamless finishes are now possible, along with practical upgrades delivering extremely weatherproof planters, lightweight containers that are easy to move, and smart pots that help to keep your plants alive.
We've rounded up the cream of the crop, so you can pick the best plant pot for you, whether you want one with luxury finishes or a budget pot, we've got you covered. We've even included a few eco-friendly ones, which are made from recycled or sustainable materials and don't require as much watering due to proper filtration.
Shop our pick of the best planters and pots for 2022
Elho Fuente Rings Round
Moulded or cast from waste plastic, these sleek, seamless planters are lightweight yet rigid and a great choice for a modern garden as theyu2019re easy to move around. Although slightly more expensive than pots made from virgin plastic, theyu2019re still very affordable. And the manufacturing process makes it easy to create irregular, curvy and complex shapes, and textured or intricately patterned finishes. Naturally watertight, this material is happy to be left outside year-round without cracking or fading, and thereu2019s often the choice of having a pot with or without drainage holes u2013 ideal if you fancy experimenting with aquatic plants or reeds. Choose from a range of sizes and colours. Material: Recycled plastic
Three Striped Concrete Planters
Raw and unapologetic, concrete planters are weighty, tough and will last for decades. With beautifully smooth or roughly pitted surfaces, these containers make striking contemporary features. A naturally good insulator, a concrete container will protect a plantu2019s roots from low temperatures so theyu2019re a perfect choice for more tender types and succulents. But theyu2019re not great for all plants u2013 concrete has a high lime content and these alkaline minerals will slowly leach out into the soil. While adored by some such as alpines, daisies, chrysanthemums and many herbs, these conditions wonu2019t suit acid-loving beauties such as heathers, azaleas and Japanese maples. Material: Hardwearing concrete
Capi Nature Rib Planters
Made from clay and cellulose fibre layered with fibreglass, this innovative blend creates tough but lightweight containers with all the warm, high-quality charm of their time-worn predecessors. Dried rather than fired, they are less porous than 100% clay products, helping to retain some of the soilu2019s heat and moisture and so creating more stable conditions for the plantsu2019 roots. They can be left safely outside through winter and will look good for years. Available in two sizes. Material: Durable fibrecotta
Husk Large Cupcake Planters
Made from plants to showcase plants, todayu2019s most forward-thinking planter designs are constructed from powdered vegetable fibres mixed with natural, non-toxic resin. Ranging from fast-growing bamboo, coffee husk, straw and chaff to sugar cane, the resulting products are surprisingly rigid, weather-resistant and gorgeously streamlined. Your plants will love them too as the fibrous materials retain heat and moisture, encouraging root growth and also providing some protection from frost. Fully biodegradable, these products last out in the elements for around 5-7 years and can be crushed when no longer needed. Measures 259.4 x 240mm and available in a choice of colours. Material: Biodegradable bamboo
Nadda Set Of Two Round Polyrattan Plant Stands
With all the tactile and woven charm of rattan but with added all-weather durability, polyrattan is a fabulous choice for contemporary planters. Made from extruded polypropylene, the containers have a central iron framework for strength and shape which the synthetic strands are then woven around. Fade-proof and happy to stay out year-round, they look particularly striking paired with large, glossy-leaved plants such as palms and phormiums. There are taller stands available if you're looking to truly elevate your patio. Material: Tactile polyrattan
Pure Soft Brick Divider Trough With Wheels
Derived from sustainable, plant-based sources rather than irreplaceable fossil fuels, this material brings tough-guy credentials to your patio with high-quality products that will last for many years. UV fade-resistant, they can be safely left out in all weathers and temperatures and will also help insulate the plantsu2019 roots too. These robust containers can cope with knocks and general wear and tear, so theyu2019re great for high-traffic areas and look good for years to come u2013 just give them a regular wipe over with a damp cloth to remove dirt and grime. Available in endless colours and both pared back and complex shapes, theyu2019ll make a style statement on your patio too. And they donu2019t get better than these trough-style planters. Material: Sustainable polyethylene plastic
Baloo Set Of Two Geometric Tall Fibreglass Planters
Thereu2019s a huge range of fibreglass planters from cheap, mass-produced products to robust and meticulously finished, high-quality containers. Light to move yet immensely strong, this material is perfect for areas that see plenty of action, from flying footballs to busy paths and driveways, and can be used indoors or out. Formed from finely spun glass fibres mixed with resin, this isnu2019t the most environmentally friendly material as it is energy-hungry to produce and is not naturally biodegradable, but the wealth of colours, shapes and lengthy lifespan u2013 up to seven years u2013 mean itu2019s still a popular choice. The price point often indicates the level of quality so if you want yours to last, itu2019s wise to invest u2013 these pots have a protective gel finish to minimise any scratches. Available in grey and blue, or yellow and teal. Material: Super-strong fibreglass
Grey Terrazzo Cylinder Planters, Set of 2
Immediately recognised by the speckled stone effect, terrazzo planters are smart, sleek and super-stylish. Mixes do vary, but theyu2019re generally made by blending aggregates such as polished granite, marble and clay with cement and resins to create a characterful material. Usually finished to a smooth surface, terrazzo is particularly suited to pots with simple geometric shapes that leave the pattern of compressed stone particles to do the talking. Durable and surprisingly lightweight, a fibre mesh is often incorporated into the containers to reinforce the structure. Material: Distinctly terrazzo
Bola Artstone Plant Pot
Made from crushed aggregates such as limestone mixed with cement, sand, resins and other ingredients, this relatively new material can be cast into beautifully seamless and complex forms. It gives you the timeless, sophisticated look of stone for far less than the real thing. Pigment and dyes are added for colour, and popular shades vary from natural stone to nature-inspired neutrals and bold monochrome tones. Frost-proof, theyu2019re much lighter than stone and concrete products, making them easier to plant up and move around. Theyu2019re also UV stable so you can leave them in a sunny spot without any risk of fading. The simple elegance of this egg-shape pot makes the most of this beautiful material. Available in five sizes. Material: Composite stone
Dibor Personalised Eco Jute Garden Grow Bag
Made from sustainably produced jute and cotton, and totally biodegradable, this shopper-style grow bag will last for years and adds plenty of personality to your garden too. With a generous 50kg capacity, you can use this planter to enjoy home grown plants, veg, and fruit year after year and with the option to personalise, this planter makes a great gift for green-fingered friends too. Material: Cotton and natural jute fibres
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