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The best modern planters for outdoors and in

These contemporary concrete, terracotta and ceramic outdoor plant pots are stylish enough for indoors too

scenografie plant pot by lato x lato
Lato X Lato

So obsessed are we with houseplants that stylish outdoor planters can feel hard to come by. The best options though, do it all – just as happy outside as in, they’re sleek enough for living rooms and bedrooms and hardy enough for patios, balconies and beyond.

From sculptural concrete planters to terracotta pots with a twist, we’ve handpicked an edit of designs to suit all spaces. Many are generous enough to give plants plenty of space to grow, too. Green fingers crossed...

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1 ‘Hex’ plant pot, Darkroom
hex plant pots by darkroom

London studio Darkroom’s geometric planters, a take on the trusty terracotta pot, will bring a contemporary splash of colour to balconies and beyond – and the hexagonal design means they can tessellate in tight spaces. £17.50 each, conranshop.co.uk

2 ‘Coletta’ planters, Made
modern planters plant pots

Rounded edges and a speckled finish soften the industrial feel of this pair of contemporary planters, which are all the more versatile in their simplicity. Made of composite fibrecement, they’re a reassuringly robust duo. Set of two planters £79, made.com

3 ‘Grecian Bust’ plant pots, Anthropologie
modern planters plant pot

From colonnades to domed crowns, the trend for home accessories with a bit of historical heft shows no signs of slowing. With its potential for all manner of leafy ’dos, this bust-style planter deftly toes the line between classicism and kitsch. Large planter £36, anthropologie.co.uk

4 ‘Pidestall’ planter, Woud
modern planters plant pots

Norwegian for ‘pedestal’ or ‘base’, this roomy planter is the work of product designer Emilie Stahl Carlsen. Her sleek and understated design works particularly well when grouped with other sizes and colours from the collection – minimalists might prefer taupe (pictured), light grey or black, but there’s a red or blue option, too. Medium size £138.65, connox.co.uk

5 ‘Chubby Egg Cup’ plant pot by Tina Vaia
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Tina Vaia

Handcrafted in Vaia’s hometown of Valencia, this glazed terracotta plant pot will inject any space with a concentrated dose of summer. Its simple form provides a brilliant foil for punchy colour and sculptural foliage. Medium planter, £295, wagreen.co.uk

6 ‘Nuclear’ plant pot, Lyon Beton
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Lyon Beton

No prizes for guessing the inspiration for the familiar silhouette of this concrete pot. Designed by Bertrand Jayr as a reference to the uneasy relationship between the man-made and natural world, it’s an invitation to let your own pocket of nature reclaim its rightful place. £105, amara.com

7 ‘Scenografie’ plant pot, Lato x Lato
scenografie plant pot by lato x lato
Lato X Lato

Inspired by the surreal paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and made specifically for cacti, the ‘Scenografie’ collection by Italian design studio Lato x Lato is sure to turn heads. Each pot plays on a different architectural device, and corrosion-resistant powder coating makes them suitable for indoors or out. Approx £460 each, latoxlato.com

8 ‘Frida’ planters by Julie Harrison
modern planters plant pots
Julie Harrison

It was an exacting client after some ‘out-of-the-ordinary planters’ that inspired French garden designer Julie Harrison to create her brilliantly bold mosaic pots. Latest colourway ‘Frida’ (pictured) is a tribute to the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and Harrison has recently created a range of vases with the same design language. From approx £98, julepaysage.com

9 Concrete pot, Serax
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Cast in concrete with simple notches to aid portability, this stylish take on a cylinder planter will bring a hint of brutalism to your balcony. Simple and functional, it feels true to the Belgian homeware brand’s ethos. Large planter £41, scp.co.uk

10 ‘Umanoff’ planter, Menu
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Twenty Twenty One

The rattan revival may be going strong – and going nowhere – but this drum-style planter was designed the first time around, in 1961, by midcentury master Arthur Umanoff. It pairs handwoven rattan with a slender yet sturdy steel frame, and there are three sizes to choose from, including a much leggier ‘large’. Medium planter £160, twentytwentyone.com

11 ‘Oasis’ flower pot, Northern
modern planters plant pots
Northern Oasis Flower Pot

Not just a pretty pot, this smart colour block design integrates a reservoir below for the less fastidious waterers among us. We particularly like the earthy pairing of terracotta and olive green, though there are black and white options, too. Large planter £200, nest.com

12 ‘Water Cooler’ planter, Tiipoi
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Not Just A Shop is the University of the Arts London’s retail space, selling all manner of products designed by its creative graduates. Our latest find is this series of hand-cast concrete planters inspired by Indian water towers from Tiipoi, whose founder Spandana Gopal is an alum. £69, notjustashop.arts.ac.uk

13 ‘Grow’ planter, Cane-line

Designed by the Danish brand to weather the depths of Scandinavian winters, this simple powder-coated aluminium planter is deceptively durable. The wider range offers some seriously roomy options in round and rectangular styles. £385, cane-line.co.uk

14 ‘Plant Box’, Ferm Living
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Ferm Living

There’s little this planter on legs couldn’t be used to display or store, though it makes a particularly neat home for a raised herb garden. Designed with modern living in mind, it comes in seven colourways and is just as happy outside as in. £189, skandium.com

15 ‘Botany’ planters by Aaron Probyn
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Aaron Probyn

British designer Aaron Probyn’s ‘Botany’ pots, handmade in Sri Lanka using hard-wearing, raw coloured porcelain clay, are a sleek addition to his debut homeware collection. We love the dark, earthy take on terracotta, though purists might prefer the jet black. From £25, aaronprobyn.com

16 ‘Collect’ planter, &Tradition
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Generous enough to provide a home for larger plants and even small trees, these do-it-all concrete planters are the handiwork of Space Copenhagen. Their sculptural shape and gently patinated finish feels faintly classical, but still rooted in modernity. £279, skandium.com

17 ‘Play’ plant pots, Darkroom
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British design brand Darkroom is much loved for the bold simplicity of its geometric designs, and these terracotta and resin blend planters are no different. Strong but relatively lightweight, each is hand-painted in the London studio. From £90, darkroomlondon.com

18 ‘Highlands’ flower pot, Bolia
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Designed by Berlin-based product design duo Böttcher & Kayser, the silhouette of this rectangular planter feels almost architectural. It’s maintenance-free and more than tough enough for whatever a British winter might throw at it, taking on temperatures down to -20°C. £149, bolia.com

19 ‘Okura’ conical planter, Jonathan Adler
modern planters plant pot
Jonathan Adler

Sculpted in Jonathan Adler’s Soho studio, this characterful planter combines a shapely, organic feel with a punchy pop of red. Filled with lavender, rosemary or a spiky agave, it will bring a hint of the Balearics to your balcony or back garden. £895, uk.jonathanadler.com

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