It’s easy to see why: Houseplants come with so many benefits, helping boost mood, productivity and creativity while reducing stress. Plus, plants help improve air quality by absorbing toxins, releasing oxygen and boosting humidity. And in addition to making us feel better, houseplants look good, transforming the overall appearance of a space by adding color and liveliness while reducing noise and creating shade. From ferns and palms to succulents and cactuses, plants are a great (and sometimes addictive) way to decorate your home.
Do you have a fever and the only prescription is more houseplants? If you’re planning on updating your house garden, you’ll need the perfect pot or planter. To help you find a proper home for your potted pals, we’ve rounded up some stylish indoor and outdoor modern planters, from whimsical recycled metal giraffes to industrial midcentury modern pots.
Best Modern Indoor Planters
In terms of adorableness, it’s hard to beat this ceramic sloth planter. But it’s practical too, with its wipe-clean speckled finish and drainage hole. The cute ceramic pot can be the perfect home for your friendly Snake Plant Laurentii or plucky Alocasia Polly.
Price: $18 at Urban Outfitters
Grecian Bust Pot
Leave it to Anthropologie designers to create modern indoor planters as creative as these. Inspired by classical busts, these planters are crafted from hand-painted cement. They come in two sizes, large (10.75″ in height, 7″ in diameter) and small (6.5″ in height, 5″ in diameter).
Price: $24 to $44 at Anthropologie
Hearth & Hand Stoneware Planter & Marker Set
This is a set of six tiny stoneware planters with markers. The pretty little pots are made of textured ceramic decorated with an embossed floral pattern. They’re the perfect size for small plants like herbs or succulents, and for decorating a sunny kitchen or patio.
Price: $24.99 at Target
Recycled Metal Giraffe Planter
It comes as no surprise that the whimsical retailer Uncommon Goods would be a treasure trove of imaginative modern indoor planters — like this set of two recycled metal giraffes. Designed by Kenyan artist Tom Ateto and handmade in Nairobi, the pair of planters are made from scrap metal pieces welded into the shape of tall African giraffes.
Price: $56 to $74 at Uncommon Goods
Wall Mounted Vase
Here’s another winner from our pals at Urban Outfitters. Their Ximena wall-mounted planter features a bright, wiggly colorful frame and stoneware pot. It’s ideal for an indoor vine plant, like a waxy green burro’s tail or slender string of pearls.
Price: $34 at Urban Outfitters
Ceramic Animal Succulent Planter Pots
Another pair of potters made for tiny plants, this set of two potters is handmade from ceramic and sand. The ceramic llama- and goat-shaped couple of pots are unglazed to create a breathable surface that promotes air circulation. The duo will make a good home for herbs, cactuses and succulents.
Price: $31.99 at Amazon
Self-Watering Planter & Propagation Station
If you’re a beginner interested in trying your hand at plant propagation — the process of reproducing plants from a parent plant — here’s an excellent starter kit from Uncommon Goods. The kit works like this: you pot a grown plant in the main pot, and put one to three cuttings in the propagation glass. Like magic, roots will take form, and eventually, you can re-pot the cuttings in a brand new pot and start the cycle again.
Price: $59 at Uncommon Goods
Midcentury Modern Planter
Now, when we say “midcentury,” we’re referring to the design movement that was popularized in America between 1945 and 1969, which favored simple, functional pieces and curved shapes. Of course, the design remains popular today, and midcentury modern planters are especially beloved because they can compliment virtually any décor. This ceramic planter and stand is a great example of the style, with its clean, industrial look.
Price: $77.80 at Amazon
Plant Terrarium with Wooden Stand
Ok, they aren’t technically planters. But these five bulb terrariums are too cool to leave off the list. The glass bulbs are perfect for propagating plants or displaying flowers and cuttings. The set comes with an easy-to-assemble wooden stand.
Price: $16.14 at Amazon
Best Modern Outdoor Planters
Ronan Ficonstone Trough Planter
Most of the planters on this list can function as both indoor and outdoor planters. This Ronan Trough Planter from West Elm works especially well outdoors because of its sturdy frost-proof ficonstone construction and its long, boat-like shape, which can add an earthy, natural look to your patio or garden.
Price: $74.25 at West Elm
Project 62 Outdoor Terrazzo Cement Planter
Another one of our favorite midcentury modern planters, the Outdoor Terrazzo Cement Planter from Target has a retro look and dreamy, muted terrazzo finish. Its subtle pattern means the planter won’t steal focus from your plant’s lush leaves or vibrant flowers.
Price: $12 at Target
Habit + Form Rectangle Tray
These modern outdoor planters are made of 26-gauge galvanized steel that will resist rust and stand up to the elements. These highly practical trays come in seven different sizes, from extra small (1.5” H, 4” W, 12” L) to large wide (1.5” H, 10.25” W, 36” L).
Price: $14 to $48 at Anthropologie
These simple and sculptural planters can elevate your larger plant friends. They’re made from a weather-resistant blend of sand and stone with a bright white finish, and available in wide, tall and medium editions.
Price: $129 at CB2
Rio Terracotta Indoor/Outdoor Cache Pots
These hand-molded and hand-glazed earthenware geometric-patterned pots give off some Southwestern vibes. Several shapes and designs are available, including a set of three tabletop pots (4.25″ H, 4” diameter).
Price: $17.10 to $80.10 at West Elm
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