The Best Indoor Planters [That Aren't Baskets or Mid-Century Style]


I love my indoor plants, but I’m bored of most of my planters, so I’ve been on the lookout for alternatives.

I used to have lots of baskets but yep, you guessed it, I’m over them, so I'm sharing my favourite alternatives with you here today.

As an aside, I tend not to repot plants directly into planters, probably a hangover from having used lots of baskets in the past, and you obviously couldn't, well, shouldn't, plant directly into a basket. Rather, I place the plant pot into the planter, which also takes care of drainage issues as your plant pots would normally have a drainage hole and tray, or as I like to use, self-watering pots which are self-contained, but I don't particularly love the look of them on their own.

As well as baskets, I'm also leaving mid-century style hairpin leg, and ceramic ones with turned wooden legs out today, as I feel they’ve both been around for ages now, and are pretty widely available. 

They're all classics, and there's nothing wrong with them, but what are the other options if you’re not into those staples, or just want to mix it up a bit? Well, I’ll tell you...

Galvanised:

Traditionally used outdoors, there’s no reason not to use them inside too, like I have in my TV room to hide the self-watering pot, and the height also seems to deter Cleo from attacking my beloved Fiddle Leaf Fig. For now at least! 

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Image: Bianca Hall

I love this planter so much that I’m considering another one for the living room when the redecorating is done. Used indoors these have a Parisian feel, and I just love the way they look with more modern furniture too. I got mine here, but they're widely available in different shapes and sizes.

Concrete:

Okay, concrete is already a staple, but I spotted these at the Broste Copenhagen press show last week (coming soon), and think they're fab. A bit different from what I've seen before, and again, great for indoors or outdoors. 

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Image: Bianca Hall


Faceted:

I’m a bit (oh alright, a LOT) obsessed with all things faceted right now, and these planters are no exception. A refreshing change and they look super sleek indoors or out. I prefer them in neutral colours personally, and these Habitat ones come in white and grey in two different styles. Check out these West Elm ones too.

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Image: Habitat



Statement: 

I absolutely LOVE these stunning Modern planters from West Elm. They’re super striking and actually look amazing even without anything planted in them as sculptural pieces. They're suitable for indoors or out, made from a composite stone and resin material, but look ceramic.

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Image: West Elm


Urns:

Metal or Stone look (or real stone if you can afford it and your floors can take the weight) urns are an old favourite of mine, and make a real statement. They look amazing planted up with big Boston or Maidenhair ferns if you’re lucky enough to be able to keep one alive for more than a few weeks, and are a real showpiece. Huge ones on the floor, or smaller ones as a centre piece on a table or sideboard look fab and are a bit different too. Wayfair have loads of options, including my one below, but sadly this fern is no longer with us.

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Image: Bianca Hall 









Jungle Fever Part 2


Okay, I admit it, it's been rather a lot longer than a week since I promised this second part of my Jungle Fever post. I blame life. And the children, and very few opportunities to take nice photographs of my plants. Or maybe my idea of 'next week' is different to yours, but here it is, finally...



I love the way the Kentia Palm instantly gives a room a tropical feel. These palms have a reputation of being the easiest indoor palm, tolerating low light and dry air. Oh, and see that chair? My husband has been trying to throw it out for years. It's become a 'hilarious' running joke. I bought it for £10 from a shop that was closing down and it has a strange textured coating on it, and one day I will get it dipped to remove said strange textured coating, and give it the makeover it deserves, and I will not let him sit on it for being so cruel. That will show him, won't it?

Botanical Name: Howea forsteriana
How much: £40
How tall: 120cms
Where from: Online from House of Plants
Care: Easy. I've just repotted mine and moved it to a shadier spot. I water it once a week and it looks healthy and has some new growth, so I think I'm doing something right.
Where: In a shady spot in the dining room.
Receptacle: An Ikea basket. Again.





My Bengal Fig is a bit Jack and The Beanstalkish. It has grown probably 40cms since I bought it back in November, and is not showing any sign of slowing. It's tall and thin, though some of the lower leaves are starting to get quite big now, which I hope will continue, so that it fattens up a little and doesn't get too top-heavy. I've recently re-potted it and it's now a really substantial plant.

Botanical Name: Ficus benghalensis
How much: £15
How big: 140cms
Where from: Online from House of Plants
Care: Easy! It doesn't need much water, so I only give it a little every week or so, and it can happily take a bit of shade. I do wonder if it's 'stretching' a bit, which would be a sign that's it's not getting enough light. Plant pros, feel free to weigh in...
Where: I've just moved it to my bedroom which is bright (south facing), but it's not near the window and I think it will be the perfect spot for it.
Receptacle: Another basket from H&M. Incidentally, I was in there the other day and they have a lovely new basket with a bright pink stripe that would be perfect for the plant I've just ordered online. Oh dear, help me I'm a plant addict!!



Back when I did my original plants you MUST have post, I got my ZZ's confused with my Zamia's (easily done with all those Z's). I must update that. Turns out they are different plants that look kind of similar - both beautiful, but mine is a ZZ plant, or Zanzibar Gem as they are also known. I'd still like a Zamia too, which I think has a bit of a Bonsai look about it (stumpier) with fuzzy leaves, unlike the ZZ which has very glossy waxy looking leaves.

Just don't let the lovely leaves of your ZZ hang over a lamp like I did and then wonder why they look singed. Oops.

Botanical Name: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
How much: £25
How big: 80cms
Where from: Angel Flowers in Islington again, but these are pretty easy to find, and I've seen them at Colombia Road Flower Market for £15. You may even find one of these at Ikea if you're lucky.
Care: Very low maintenance - I water this maybe once a fortnight or even less. It's doing really well and it has several new shoots growing. I don't know if I should re-pot it because it seems so happy, but it's quite a tight fit in it's container.
Where: It lives in the living room in the darkest corner which it seems to love. They don't like full on sun.
Receptacle: I got the basket in Formentera last summer. I had to carry it home in my handbag so it didn't get squashed, and was quite prepared to wear it as a hat if push came to shove. Yes, I love it. Lots.

So that's it for now on the plant front. I really do recommend any of these as easy to keep alive and looking good, for people that would like to have indoor plants but worry about killing them. It's really not that hard if you consider the position and watering requirements. If I can do it, so can you. Honest!