Flowers and plants can add a great deal of life and color to your landscaping and even interior design. When the goal is to have plants inside, garden pots are often your only option, as free-standing soil indoors is not something that is seen very often. For outdoor planting, it is sometimes best to place your plants into garden pots first to allow them to grow and establish strong roots before transplanting them into the earth. Or perhaps the season has not yet arrived for a particular plant so it can first be cultivated in a garden pot indoors. In this article, we'll explore the uses of garden pots, and 10 options on the market.

Garden Pots FAQ

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Before we consider the 10 garden pots below that we can choose from on the market when looking for a home for our plants or flowers, we'll consider a few frequently asked questions concerning garden pots so we have a thorough understanding of what they are before we assess the various models and brands that are available to us.

What Are Garden Pots?

What Do Garden Pots Do? 

How Do Garden Pots Work? 

Where Can You Buy Garden Pots? 

What Are Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Garden Pot?

How We Reviewed

In the following section, we reviewed garden pots in accordance with their key features, and their pros and cons, after which we considered the approximate price of the given product. The key features we assessed were appearance and function, with the pros and cons considering various characteristics of each garden pot we've reviewed.

Overall Price Range of Garden Pots

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The cost of garden pots is generally in the $10-$30 range, although cheaper ingredients such as disposable plastic may drastically drop that cost, while rare materials ranging from quartz to crystal and beyond can increase the cost of our garden pots to as much as we'd like to spend. While solid diamond garden pots are not advisable, they are nevertheless not impossible. The level of cost depends entirely upon what material you prefer, and how much you are willing to spend to get it.

What We Reviewed

  • Whiskey Barrel Planter by GARDENGOODZ
  • Self Watering + Self Aerating Round Planter by HBServices USA
  • Suncast Sonora Resin Planter
  • Veradek MV32B Midland Series Planter
  • T4U Round Succulent Plant Pot
  • Grandma Smiley's Galvanized Bronze Metal Planter Pail
  • Chive Succulent and Cactus Planter Pot
  • Mayne Polyethylene Planter
  • Modesto Round Pot Planter

Whiskey Barrel Planter, Distressed Oak, 9" (Durable high density resin...
  • Classic whiskey barrel planter in a distressed oak finish with antique pewter colored bands
  • UV coated finish protects color from fading
  • Lightweight and durable high density resin construction

Features

The Whiskey Barrel Planter is a uniquely designed planter manufactured to look like a traditional whiskey barrel. It is constructed from high-density resin and is designed with drainage holes for outdoor use.

PROS

  • Unique whiskey barrel design
  • Large 1.25-gallon size
  • Antique-pewter bands on the barrel

CONS

  • Pre-drilled holes
  • make it an outdoor pot

6" Self Watering + Self Aerating High Drainage Deep Reservoir Round...
  • SELF-WATERING, 2-WEEKS+ DEEP RESERVOIR: No more troublesome wicks that clog and stop working. Our patented design...
  • SELF-AERATING, PREVENT ROT & MOLD & FUNGUS: Open slats integrated into the body of the planter are designed to maintain...
  • EASY TO REFILL, NO MORE OVERFLOW: Each planter comes with an easy to use clip-on watering attachment (found inside the...

Features

Designed to work both indoors and outdoors, the HBServices self-watering and aerating planter pot is useful in that it prevents mold, root rot, and soil fungus. It is well-suited for herbs and succulents and is useful for windowsill gardens both indoor and outdoor. Within the planter, hollow legs reach into the reservoir from above, which allows the soil to draw moisture itself upwards into the roots, preventing them from being drowned through being surrounded by water. The design is highly intelligent and makes it so that you don't have to worry as much about over-watering as this drains the excess water right out.

PROS

  • Prevents roots from being flooded
  • Easy-to-use
  • Self-watering and aerating

CONS

  • Design slightly bland 

Suncast P222105B92 Sonora Planter, 22"
  • WICKER FLOWER PLOT: Beautiful 22" planter with a wicker design is perfect for holding larger plants
  • DURABLE: Lightweight, sturdy pot with a drillable drain hole
  • EFFICIENT: This resin wicker planter retains moisture longer than standard clay pots

Features

A pleasant basket-weave aesthetic makes this planter look somewhat like an old-school straw basket, but it is made out of durable resin. To add to the durability of the planter, the Suncast Sonora Resin Planter is blow-molded. It is designed for indoor and outdoor use and comes with a drillable drain hole, giving you the choice of whether to open the bottom to leakage or not. It is water and warp resistant and is even rot resistant, making this one of the largest and most durable garden pots reviewed in this article.

Pros

  • Pleasant appearance
  • Large 22-inch size

Cons

  • Somewhat expensive

Bloem Terra Pot Planter 6" Terra Cotta
  • Capacity: 0.5 Gallons / Size: 6.5 in. Top width x 4.5 in. Bottom width x 5.5 in. Height
  • Matte finish is perfect for resisting scratches, dirt, and fingerprints.
  • Includes drainage holes to help protect against overwatering.

Features

The Bloem Fiskars TerraPot Planter is made of all-weather resin and is both durable and comes with UV protection. The texture is that of natural clay, and it has the traditional tapered shape with a rolled lip to increase the durability of the pot. It is a tough and lightweight alternative to clay or ceramic planters and has an optional punch-out drainage hole to prevent over-watering if outdoors or to allow you to keep it leak-free inside depending on your preference.

PROS

  • Highly economical
  • Natural clay texture

CONS

  • Offputting bright orange color
  • Poor aesthetic design

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Veradek Midland Tall Square Planter, 24-Inch Height by 13.5-Inch...
  • Single wall molded design, made from high-grade polyethylene composite
  • Frost resistant for colder climates; treated with UV inhibitors to avoid fading
  • Sturdy yet lightweight; easy to move

Features

This is one of the largest and most costly planters that we reviewed. The quality of the Veradek Midland Series planter, however, is quite high. It is weather-resistant, treated with UV inhibitors to avoid fading. The drain hole and plug make it a viable garden pot candidate for inside your home or outside. It comes with an insert shelf if you don't need to fill the entire pot with soil to accommodate your preferred plant. It has a single wall molded design and is made from high-grade polyethylene composite. It is both impact-resistant and flexible and even frost-resistant for colder climates.

PROS

  • 3 feet tall and 16 inches wide
  • Appealing aesthetic 
  • A variety of colors from which to choose
  • Drain hole and plug 

CONS

  • Quite costly

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T4U 5.75 Inch Plastic Round Succulent Plant Pot/Cactus Plant Pot...
  • Suitable coaster ASIN: B0762RKTT1. Light weight - Ideal for using as hanging planters.
  • Made of Hard Thick Resin Plastic - Durable, Hard to be deformed and broken.
  • Inexpensive, Washable and Reusable - Perfect for seeding, cutting and seedling nursery pots.

Features

The T4U Round Succulent Plant Pot includes 8 pots for the price of one. They are made of hard thick resin plastic and are durable and hard to deform or break. They are ideal as hanging planters given their low weight. They are washable and reusable and can be highly valuable as seeding, cutting, and nursery pots.

PROS

  • Minimalist design
  • 8 for just under $17
  • Stackable

CONS

  • Basic design

Grandma Smiley's Large Decorative Galvanized Bronze Metal Planter Pail
  • VERSATILE! This large bright bronze circular pail is perfect for many uses: a bathroom canister for storage or display,...
  • ATTRACTIVE! The galvanized bronze metal matches with almost any decor, making it perfect for indoors or outdoors. Fits...
  • USEFUL! At 6 inches high, you'll find this holds the goods you need it hold with ease. 7-1/4" across the top at its...

Features

This particular planter is one of the most stylish ones explored in this article. It is made of galvanized bronze metal that matches with nearly any decor. It is 6 inches high and so, while a bit small, it is nevertheless useful to plant some seedlings or smaller plants to get them started indoors in this highly stylish metal planter pail.

PROS

  • Very stylish galvanized bronze design 
  • Doesn't absorb odors

CONS

  • Currently sold out 

Chive - 8" Large Tika Succulent and Cactus Planter Pot and Saucer -...
  • ATTRACTIVE MODERN DESIGN: Designed by Chive, the Mofo Tika flower pot has a unique and elegant design that can be used...
  • INDOOR PLANT CONTAINER: The Mofo Tika comes in 3 color ways and is the perfect way to add color and liven up your living...
  • UNIQUE SUCCULENT POT FOR STYLISH HOME DECOR: I offer this item in a ton of colors AND in a 4" size and an adorable 3"...

Features

A ceramic flower and plant container with a drainage hole and detachable saucer.

PROS

  • Useful for indoor and outdoor gardens
  • Very cool blue ceramic design
  • Ridged top is stylish

CONS

  • Somewhat pricey 

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Mayne 8879-IV Polyethylene Planter Ivory
  • Textured finish for increased durability Constructed from 100% polyethylene which delivers an amazingly realistic and...
  • The weather-proof and ultra-tough construction allows you to enjoy your planter all Year long with very little winter...
  • Double wall design for increased rigidity. The UV inhibitors within the resin allows for a long lasting fade-free...

Features

Weatherproof and ultra tough, with UV inhibitors to protect your plants' roots and protect the planter from fading. Multiple bright colors also available beyond the ivory option.

PROS

  • Stylish slanted top
  • Contoured pattern looks like clay
  • 15-year warranty 

CONS

  • Costly 

Features

An abstract shaped curved planter with style.

PROS

  • Unique artistic shape
  • Commercial grade thickness

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Just one color

The Verdict

Of the planters explored that are available, the Veradek is the best large option, while the Mayne is the finest mid-size option. While they are more costly, they are style pieces in and of themselves and will last for many years. For more articles and information on how to better grow your garden, check back to Grow Wherever for ongoing articles and updates.

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