If you have plants and pots coming out of your ears and you are not sure how to tidy up your garden, outdoor plant stands are a tasteful way to elevate and display your flowers, potted plants, succulents, and more. These outdoor-friendly accessories make it easier for you to move your favourite plants to different positions when the temperamental weather strikes, and they keep them up off the ground away from pets and small children.
Whether you have a sprawling garden or a compact balcony, outdoor plant stands allow you to display your favourite greenery in an organised and visually appealing manner, enhancing the overall charm of your outdoor oasis. Adding bee-friendly plants to your garden means you're giving back to the wildlife around you. You can squeeze plants in anywhere. Though hanging baskets are best for smaller gardens and balconies, if you've got the space, consider a stand.
Best outdoor plant stands at a glance
• Best three-tier outdoor plant stand: Elegant Plant Theatre - View Offer at Sarah Raven
• Versatile plant stand with a trellis: 2-Tier Plant Stand with Trellis - View Offer on Amazon UK
• Budget-friendly plant stand: Amazon Basics Plant Stand - View Offer on Amazon UK
Give your favourite plants a stylish spot to grow while also keeping your outdoor space in order. From three tiers to subtle stands, here is our selection of the best outdoor plant stands below. They'll ensure your plants (and their pots) are safe from the elements, tricky pets and some curious child-size fingers. Plus, we have a Buyer's Guide for you to consider before you buy. Choosing the right stand can enhance the beauty of your outdoor space while providing a functional platform for your potted plants. Think: budget, material and the space you have available on your patio...
Best Outdoor Plant Stands
Best post-style outdoor plant stand
Smooth and sleek but lightweight, shatterproof and UV and frost resistant, the 100 per cent
- Made from recycled materials
- Weather-proof, UV and frost-safe
- Lightweight and fracture-resistant
- Unspecified weight capacity
Stylish, industrial outdoor plant stand
Stylish and modern planter with a stand and rounded ends, this Crisitina Oval Pedestal Plant Stand
- Use as a planter or plant stand
- Indoor and outdoor-safe
- Elegantly-designed accessory
- Better suited for plants that prefer shady spots
Best three-tier outdoor plant stand
From Sarah Raven, we love this Elegant Plant Theatre. If you're looking to showcase your latest
- Elegant, cottagecore feel
- Three tiers to house many plants
- With a UV-resistant coating
- No customer reviews
Versatile plant stand with a trellis
Pack in more plants with this 2-tier Plant Stand with Trellis. Position it against a wall for
- Versatile plant stand to hold many types
- Bottom space can be used for storage
- Perfect for propping against a disliked wall
- No customer reviews
Space-saving, corner-friendly spot
Take your display up a notch and transform a bare corner of your patio with this iron 3 Tier
- Perfect for making use of a corner
- Space-saving and balcony-friendly
- Weather-resistant stand
- May need a metal hook to stay upright
Cottagecore, antique stand
If you're a fan of the cottagecore look, you'll love this super elegant Scroll Top 3 Tier Plant
- Ideal stand for billowing plants
- Versatile, vintage-style
- Compact and lightweight for all spaces
- Requires some assembly
On-trend, hairpin stand
Wit-woo, we love the on-trend hairpin legs of this mDesign Midcentury Pot Stand. As a result, the
- Perfect for small spaces
- Use indoors or outdoors
- Choice of colour and size
- Minor stock issues
Create an urban jungle
This 6-Tier Wooden Ladder Plant Stand is a multi-tiered wonder, primed for an on-trend Urban
- Budget-friendly and good value
- This can hold plenty of plants
- Easy to assemble plant stand
- Will require some maintenance
- Should be fixed to the floor or wall
Choose between two, three or four tiers with this bamboo plant stand. We love the 4 Tiered Bamboo
- Made with sustainable bamboo
- Minimalist, sleek and rustic
- Multi-use, easy to assemble
- Requires maintenance outdoors
Budget-friendly plant stand
Designed for plants or small objects; the upper and lower shelves fit pots with a 23cm diameter.
- Durable-coated steel construction
- For indoor or outdoor use
- Compact display surface for plants
- A little on the plain safe
Outdoor plant stands are a fantastic addition to any garden, patio, or balcony.
They not only elevate your plants, making them more visible and accessible, but they can also add a decorative element to your outdoor space. This buyer's guide will help you make an informed purchase decision:
Outdoor plant stands come in a variety of materials, each with its own advantages and aesthetics:
Metal - stands are sturdy and durable. Materials such as wrought iron and aluminium can withstand the elements. Our advice? Look for outdoor picks that are weather-resistant, with coatings, to prevent any rust.
Wood - on the other hand, offers a nature-inspired, rustic decor feel for your space. Cedar and teak picks are popular as they have weather-resistant properties. If you love cottagecore gardens, consider this material.
Resin or Plastic - make lightweight and easy-to-move plant stands. For this material, we recommend looking for UV-resistant options to prevent fading in the sun. After all, you're looking for longevity.
Wicker or Rattan - can make an inspired choice. For many gardens, rattan furniture and accessories can provide a charming, tropical look. However, ensure they are treated for outdoor use and can handle moisture.
Size and Space
For this, consider the available space on your patio or lawn, as well as the number of plants you want to display. Measure the area where you plan to place the stand to ensure it fits comfortably and doesn't overcrowd the area.
Design and Style
It goes without saying... Choose a design that complements your outdoor décor. There's no use grabbing a wooden plant stand if your garden is uber-chic and modern. The stand should blend seamlessly with your outdoor aesthetics.
Number of Tiers
As shown above, plant stands come in various configurations, such as single-tier, multi-tier, and ladder-style. Determine how many plants you want to display and select a stand with the appropriate number of shelves or tiers.
Ensure that the plant stand you choose can support the weight of your potted plants. You can often find weight limits specified by the manufacturer. This way, everything stays secure and there are no broken pots littering your patio.
If you intend to move your plant stand frequently, to make sure your plants are getting the full sun, or moving away from the rain, consider one with wheels or a lightweight design for easy mobility.
Consider how easy it is to clean and maintain the plant stand. Materials like metal and plastic are typically low-maintenance, while wood may require periodic sealing or staining, especially when the weather is rubbish.
Price and Budget
Lastly, consider price and budget. After all, outdoor plant stand prices can vary significantly. Set a budget beforehand and look for options that offer the best combination of features, durability, and aesthetics within your budget.
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Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Modern Gardens Magazine, an all-rounder. When she’s not writing about houseplants, she’s tending to her own growing collection…