If you’re wondering, “What’s the difference between a pot and a planter?”, but you’re too afraid to ask, we’re here to clear the air (much like plants do!). Here’s the inside scoop: Pots are usually smaller than planters, and they’re designed to contain one plant, often a small one. Planters are larger than pots and may contain one or more plants — like a fiddle leaf fig tree or an assortment of succulents or herbs.
Outdoor plant pots, which can also be used indoors, are well-suited to small decorative plants. Should you decide to use one of these pots inside, ensure that it’s equipped with a saucer. This is especially important if it has a drainage hole or is made of a porous material.
Modern outdoor planters, such as patio planter boxes, are often found dotting porches, courtyards, and pool decks. Square planters, especially, make a contemporary statement and play well with linear outdoor furniture, like a chaise. Some planters are also ideal for indoor use. Outdoor ceramic planters, for example, look equally chic in an office or living room — just be sure that the drainage hole is stopped with a plug. It’s easy to liven your space, indoors and out, with an assortment of pots and planters that speak to your decorative style.
Durable Planter Materials
While many materials — from stone and metal to wood and laminate — thrive in the great indoors, not all fair equally well outside where they’re exposed to the elements. It’s important to keep durability in mind when selecting a pot or planter for your outdoor space. Whether you have a petite balcony overlooking city streets or a sprawling pool deck, there’s a durable piece that’s ready to take on the harshest of weather conditions.
Recycled plastic plant pots, as well as plastic planter boxes, are waterproof, fade-resistant, and maintenance-free. Similarly, a polyethylene planter is UV- and weather-resistant. These types of pots and planters can add a modern touch to your outdoor space. If you want to brighten an area with a pop of color, consider a powder-coated steel planter box that reads contemporary-chic.
Outdoor ceramic planters and glazed earthenware pieces are also an ideal choice for use on a porch or sun deck. These convey a more natural, organic aesthetic.
Don’t forget: Play with shapes and sizes! Vary the heights of your pots and planters to create a lush and visually interesting landscape.