You may associate planters and plant pots more with cottage gardens, where they can look stunning with a riot of coloured blooms tumbling out of them. Contemporary planters, though, made from unusual materials or sporting unusual shapes, can be a real focal point for a more modern garden, adding architectural interest. They’re perfect in smaller spaces, and ideal for adding an appearance of depth. For maximum impact, choose large plants with shape, such as ornamental grasses or ferns. We’ve picked out our top ten contemporary planters to add a little wow factor to your garden.
1. Cedar wood plant holder, Arctic Outdoors
This square 18″ planter would fit neatly on or by steps, or by garden furniture. The cedar wood means it’s resistant to insects and hard wearing, so should last for years. It comes ready to assemble and costs £143.91 from Arctic Outdoors.
2. Contemporary ‘concrete’ trough planter, Get Potted
It’s not actually made of concrete, which would weigh a ton, but of lightweight frost-resistant material in a light grey finish. Measuring 30cm by 65cm by 19cm, it’s an affordable option at £33.29 (was £36.99). Position two on either side of a doorway or under a window, and fill with bedding plants, foliage or even vegetables. Available from Get Potted.
3. Black bowl metal planter on stand, Mink Interiors
4. Bau balcony planter box, Ferm Living
5. Boxgrove planter, Garden Trading
Chunky and square set in design these planters are made from durable fibre clay and are available in two sizes. They are extremely hardwearing and able to withstand temperatures between -20 and +40 degrees. With the look of lead planters but not the weight (or cost!), they have central drainage holes and a shaped top rim to add interest. From £50, available from Garden Trading.
6. Round rustic Swanage planter, The Farthing
This galvanised planter has a rustic, ribbed, distressed finish which is ideal for adding interest. The plain brown colour would be a perfect foil for flowering plants such as lavender. The planter stands 34cm high and has a top diameter of 36.6cm. £29.95, available from The Farthing.
7. Set of four stoneware planters, Cox & Cox
8. Set of two Baloo geometric fibreglass planters, MADE
For a really modern look, this set of two tall planters in grey and teal add a pop of colour plus texture and some architectural interest all in one go. £129 for the set, available from MADE.
9. Granito lightweight egg pot, Wyevale Garden Centres
10. Medium square spruce planter, Lime Lace
Made from sustainable and responsible sources in the EU, this robust and hardwearing 40cm planter is perfect for displaying your favourite plants and decorative hedging. It’s recommended that you treat it annually with wood treatment to keep it looking its best. £84, available from Lime Lace.