The 8 Best Planters to Buy in 2018

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While flowers and plants are the real stars, the planters in which you put them play an important supporting role that can make a big difference in the plants’ health and appearance. These garden pots come in a vast array of designs, colors and sizes, and with features that can make growing plants easy even for those without a green thumb.

Choosing the right garden planter can be a bit overwhelming though, so we’ve narrowed things down a bit. From indoor to outdoor, small to large and beyond, here are eight of our favorite planters to host an array of different 

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    Best Indoor: Aquaphoric Self Watering Planter

    Whether your thumb is bright green or is a bit on the brown side, this self-watering planter will make growing gorgeous plants as easy as it gets. Not only do you just fill it and let it water itself for weeks at a time, but it will tell you when you it needs more water. No more dead plants when you return from vacation! It even comes with two quarts of soil, so you can start planting right away.

    The planter (which measures 7" x 7" x 6.5') works with all kinds of plants from flowers to herbs, vegetables and succulents and provides plenty of room for their roots to grow. It also comes in a variety of colors from pink to white, black and beyond to match any decor.

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    Best for Vertical Gardens: Gronomics Unassembled Vertical Garden

    If you haven’t got a lot of space on the ground, then growing up is a great option to maximize your gardening game. This vertical planter provides more than 17' of growing space, but it takes up very little room (32" x 45" x 9"). It also has a drip-line irrigation system for easy watering.

    Made of 100 percent western red cedar, it’s crafted in the United States. It comes unfinished, so you can allow it to weather naturally or paint it to match your decor. While you’ll have to do some assembly yourself, the work needed is minimal. Perfect for herbs, strawberries, vegetables or flowers; it’s a great way to garden in small space.

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    Best Hanging: Growers Hanging Basket

    Hanging plants add a pop of natural pizzazz to spaces indoors and out, and this great hanging basket makes it easy to hang one anywhere. From porches to kitchens and beyond, it adds a fresh element to any space. It can be used indoors or out and comes in several colors to match your decor.

    The pot measures 10.4" x 6.6", and the chain is 15" long. It has a drainage plug and sealed inner liner, and it comes with a sturdy, iron hanger and hook that are made to withstand weather. It also comes with a water meter to let you know when it’s time to give your thirsty plants some water.

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    Best Metal: H Potter Tall Planter Antique Copper

    If you’re looking to make a stylish statement, this copper planter set will do just that. They come in a set of two, and include liner inserts that sit at the top of the planters, so you don’t have to fill them all the way up with soil.

    The larger planter measures about 35" high and 13" square at its widest, while the smaller one is about 29" high and 11" square at its widest. They look great side by side, but also on their own. They can be used indoors or out and are lightweight, so they’re easy to move. They make an impressive statement in your home or on a porch, and they look especially lovely when sunlight bounces off of them.

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    Best Raised: Keter Easy Grow Patio Garden Flower Plant Planter

    Keter Easy Grow Patio Garden Flower Plant Planter Raised Elevated Garden Bed, Brown
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    For those spaces where you want to take your plants to a higher level (literally), this raised planter may be just the right pick. It’s a great option if you don’t want to have to kneel or squat, as you can easily sit or stand when tending to your plants in this bed, which stands just under 30" high.

    It can hold up to 31.7 gallons of soil, which is plenty of room to grow vegetables, flowers or most anything else you want to grow. A water gauge tells you when it’s time to water your plants, and a drainage tap lets you remove water if they get too much moisture. Made out of durable resin, it’s weather resistant, attractive and can be used indoors or out.

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    Best Large Outdoor Planter: Smart Pots 10020 Smart Pot Soft-Sided Container

    If you’re looking to go big, look no further than this 20-gallon Smart Pot. While its sides are soft and it’s lightweight, it’s also designed to hold its shape. It stands about 15.5" high and has a 20" diameter. The pot is made using a patented “weed-preventer” fabric, which promises to grow healthier plants. The fabric allows air to flow through better than traditional plastic pots, which is better for the plants’ roots too.

    It’s durable and made to withstand the elements all year round and can be used for vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit trees and more. As big and sturdy as this pot is, however, it weighs less than a pound, so it’s ultra-portable. Gardeners love them and say their plants do too.

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    Best Small Planter: 6 Pcs Mini Small Ceramic Owl Succulent Plant Pot

    If you’re looking to plant some small succulents or cacti, you can’t get much cuter than these little ceramic owl planters. Six of them come in a set for one surprisingly small price, making them great to give as gifts and keep a couple for yourself too.

    They’re 2.6" tall and about 2.2" wide, and look great stacked together or alone. They’ve got a small hole in the bottom for drainage, and are a virtual hoot when various plants provide personality to each.

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    Most Unique: Round Hanging Wall Vase Planter for Succulents or Herbs

    For a different twist on wall art, this hanging wall planter makes a pretty statement. It’s great for succulents and other tiny plants and adds a pop of greenery anywhere you want to hang it. Made of galvanized steel, it works well with a variety of decors.

    It’s lightweight, measures 12" in diameter and is about 4" deep.

    It comes with holes for easy hanging, and it's waterproof and leak-proof so you don’t have to worry about it ruining your walls. This unique planter makes a great gift, and even comes packaged in a gift box to make things easy.