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The Best Tall Planters For Growing At Height

three tall black planters outside a hotel

There’s nothing like a splash of greenery to brighten up the interior of your home.

A potted plant in your living room, conservatory or bathroom can add a touch of class and an atmosphere of calm to your household, while potted plants can also work equally well in an outdoor setting.

One key to achieving an impressive aesthetic when selecting the foliage to decorate your home and garden is variation. That pertains primarily to the plants themselves, but also to the height at which they are placed. By combining tall planters with smaller, more standardized pots, you can create a multi-layered and multi-levelled display that is sure to catch the eye of all visitors who visit your home.

Fortunately, there are a variety of planter stands available to meet your needs. When choosing one that’s right for your purposes, you should identify the environment in which you wish to place it (indoors or outdoors) and the knock-on effect this will have on the features of the planter itself: whether it needs to have drainage holes, be weather-resistant and sturdy enough to hold up against the elements, for example.

Besides its practical functionality – which will also be influenced by the materials it is made from and the quality of those materials – the biggest factor to consider may well be a stylistic one. What kind of impression are you looking to create? Timeless classic or chic modern? Colourful and vibrant or subdued and classy? These considerations, alongside the all-important price tag, will ultimately influence the type of planter that’s right for you.

Having worked out all of the above, you’ll then need to scour the market to search for the planter which meets your criteria… or better yet, let us do the hard work for you.

Our #1 Top Pick
3PC Tall Contemporary Indoor & Outdoor Flower...
Value Pick
JTF 151 Strata Tall Hereford Planter Cool...
Also Consider...
IDEALIST Large Flower Outdoor Garden Planter...
Suited For
Indoors / Outdoors
Indoors / Outdoors
Outdoors
Material
Tin
Plastic
Concrete
Colour
Cream
Silver
4 Available
Depth
Varied
47cm
32cm
Price
£39.99
£20.00
£59.99
Our #1 Top Pick
3PC Tall Contemporary Indoor & Outdoor Flower...
Suited For
Indoors / Outdoors
Material
Tin
Colour
Cream
Depth
Varied
Price
£39.99
Value Pick
JTF 151 Strata Tall Hereford Planter Cool...
Suited For
Indoors / Outdoors
Material
Plastic
Colour
Silver
Depth
47cm
Price
£20.00
Also Consider...
IDEALIST Large Flower Outdoor Garden Planter...
Suited For
Outdoors
Material
Concrete
Colour
4 Available
Depth
32cm
Price
£59.99

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We’ve made a shortlist of seven of the best tall planters on the market to save you the time and effort of doing so yourself – have a gander below at our selections and see if anything takes your fancy:

Best Pick: Simpa 3 Piece Contemporary Planter Stands

Simple, lightweight and oozing contemporary charm, these three multi-levelled planters work well together or singly.

Cost: £39.99

With their classic design, hairpin stilts and three-tiered height levels, this collection of planter stands from Simpa is a great choice for brightening up any corner of your home.

The stands are constructed from metal but the elegance of their design may trick the eye into thinking they’re made from a more expensive material. At the same time, the slender shape of their stilted legs may suggest them to be spindly and unstable, but the planters hold up impressively well even when exposed to the elements. The lack of drainage holes means that they’re equally at home inside or outside, though you will have to take care not to over-water them or allow them to become waterlogged by rain as a result.

The planters come in three different heights (82.5cm, 45.5cm, 30cm) and three different pot sizes (20cm x 21cm, 10.5cm x 19cm, 11.5cm, 13.5cm), which allows you to mix and match the types of plants you store in them. They’re also available in three different colours (black, slate grey and antique cream), which gives the option to tailor them to the existing colour scheme in your home.

Some buyers have reported that the product arrived damaged or improperly packaged, but it appears to be an infrequent issue that resides more with the distributor than the manufacturer.

Pros

  • Lightweight but robust
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Three colours to choose from and stylish aesthetic

Cons

  • No drainage holes, which can make watering a little trickier in an outdoors climate

Value Pick: Sankey JTF Hereford Planter

A fairly basic but attractive floor-standing planter can be used indoors or outdoors.

Cost: £20.00

This eye-catching floor-standing planter is an unfussy choice for those who prioritise simplicity and functionality over pizzazz and panache. Manufactured from recycled plastics, it’s best suited to an indoor environment, but can work easily as well outdoors once weighed down by the soil inside. However, its lightweight construction means it may not last the test of time as well as some of the alternatives on this list.

At just under half a metre (47cm) in height, it has enough space to fit a good-sized plant and ample room for the roots to take hold, ensuring any specimen will flourish in its environs. The tapered design (33cm diameter at the top and 21cm diameter at the base) resembles an inverted cone or perhaps even a tornado – an effect which is enhanced by the Cool Grey colour scheme and ribbed exterior texture.

The planter does not come with any drainage holes, but the fact that it is made from plastic means it’s easy enough to perforate the bottom with a power drill, thus ensuring it can be used outside with the minimum of fuss.

Best of all, the planter comes with a very modest price tag, meaning it’s affordable enough to splash out on several at once and coordinate the greenery in or outside your house.

Pros

  • Lightweight when empty, sturdy when filled
  • Simple but elegant design
  • Very affordable price tag

Cons

  • No drainage holes, though the problem is easily solved with a power drill
  • Plastic construction is less hard-wearing than other alternatives

IDEALIST Large Outdoor Planter Pot

A sturdy and sophisticated large planter that’s equipped with enough protective features to withstand all weathers.

Cost: £59.99

At 65cm high, this large outdoor planter from IDEALIST is one of the tallest (and the most expensive of) options on our list, meaning it’s best suited for those looking to make a statement with their purchase. Dark grey in colour, it has an understated charm that will complement the aesthetic of anything placed inside it.

The planter is made from concrete, making it stable when filled but not overly heavy when empty. Having said that, it will certainly become cumbersome after the soil has been added, so make sure you do the planting in the spot you wish to place it! Once filled, it’ll be hardy enough to withstand even a strong gale-force wind, while the frost-resistant and UV-resistant treatments mean it is guaranteed to hold up for many years to come, rain or shine.

The planter is designed for external use, which is why it already comes with drainage holes in its base, but it could be adapted to any interior setting if a saucer or other receptacle is placed underneath.

In their description of the product, IDEALIST have been rather creative in stating that any scuffs, chips or other light cosmetic markings around the planter’s surface are indicative of the “creative production process” involved in their manufacture. While there is undoubtedly a certain charm to such imperfections, buyers should beware of the possibility that not all planters will be uniform prior to purchase.

Pros

  • Tall, chic and robust
  • UV-resistant and frost-resistant, so will hold up under even extreme climates

Cons

  • Not ideal for interior use
  • Prohibitive price point for some buyers

Clas Ohlson Metal Planter With Stand

This minimalist single planter with a detachable stand injects the simplicity of Scandinavian design into your home.

Cost: £14.49

Reminiscent of the tallest planter of the trio in our opening pick, this discreet black metal planter can complete the feng shui in a modern home interior. Equally suitable for both trailing plants and succulents, the detachable stand can be used for the former and removed for the latter.

At 53cm high, the stand gives the planter a good vantage point which can produce a delightful aesthetic effect, especially when placed next to a fireplace or in a conservatory corner. However, its lightweight metal frame means that it can only really be used indoors, so those looking for an embellishment for their patio, terrace or garden should keep looking.

Having said that, the clinical simplicity of the design exudes Scandinavian charm and it’s likely to produce a favourable reaction in any modern home. The black matte finish means that it can complement any existing colour scheme, while there’s also a two-year guarantee against damages or faults.

Pros

  • Imbued with typical Scandinavian charm
  • Dual functionality with detachable stand
  • Two-year guarantee on all sales

Cons

  • Only suitable for interior use
  • Lightweight frame makes it less sturdy than other options

Hartleys Tall Plant Pots

A twin set of free-standing interior planter stands which are versatile and vibrant.

Cost: £37.99

These dual deep planters come equipped with two stands of different sizes, allowing you to create textured levels of greenery in your home. Constructed from alloy steel coated with a powder finish, they’re perfect for indoor use – but not sturdy enough to be employed al fresco.

The stands are 82cm and 106cm, respectively, making them the tallest options on this list, while the bucket of each planter provides impressive depth (20cm and 24cm, respectively) as well. This means you can fill them with plenty of soil to ensure that even larger specimens continue to flourish and thrive. They’re especially suitable for succulents, cacti, yuccas and snake plants, among others.

The planters and their stands can be purchased in three different colours – black, silver or grey – allowing you tailor your choice to align with the colours already present in your home. The slim metal legs are finished with soft rubber feet to prevent wear and tear on wooden floors or carpets.

However, some customers have reported that the welding in the interior of the buckets and in the stands themselves is not expertly done, meaning there might be slight wobbliness to the model. Others still have complained of leakages from the pot, which can be easily fixed by insulating it inside the bucket, but is hardly ideal for a new purchase.

Pros

  • Tall dimensions give you the option to place plants at staggered heights
  • Three colours to choose from
  • Sleek and stylish appeal

Cons

  • Not suitable for outdoor use
  • Shoddy welding of joins reported upon occasion
  • Prone to leakages

Sankey Tall Trojan Planter

Both lightweight and stout, this tall plastic planter brings a solid solution to indoor and outdoor environments.

Cost: £21.29

At half a metre high, this Trojan planter is suitable for housing larger house plants or outdoors varieties equally well. Its design is tapered towards the base, but there is still plenty of room for packing in enough soil to provide nourishment for a sizable specimen.

And once that soil is in, it’s robust enough to withstand strong winds or other unfavourable climates. It’s also been treated with a frost-resistant finish, meaning it won’t give up the ghost in the dead of winter, even though it’s constructed from plastic.

The choice of materials might make it a slightly less elegant choice compared to some other options on this list, but it compensates by being versatile, lightweight and reliable.

Having said that, one disappointing downside is the price. Although it does fluctuate quite a lot depending on sales and promotions, it’s on the more expensive side for an item made almost entirely from plastic.

However, that drawback can be turned into an advantage for those looking to add drainage holes, since the soft material can easily be penetrated with a drill to ease water circulation. It’s also far simpler to move than ceramic or concrete alternatives.

Pros

  • Ideal for indoor or outdoor environments
  • Easily movable, even when filled
  • Still packs enough stability to withstand strong winds

Cons

  • Plastic construction can look a little cheaper than other alternatives
  • Slightly higher price point for a product of this type

East2eden Zinc Planter

Intricate patterns and subtle design combine to create a vintage feel.

Cost: Price not available

Looking to get back to basics? This zinc planter from East2eden might be the answer. The minimalism of its tall, tapered design with rope handles at the upper lip is rustic in appearance and puts you in the mind of simpler times.

However, look a little closer and you might just be surprised by the intricacy of the design. One side of the planter is embellished with a Mulberry tree pattern, while the reverse is embossed with the words “Covent Garden”, adding another dimension to this sturdy and long-lasting planting solution.

With no drainage holes at its base, the planter is 100% watertight, making it ideal for use inside any room in the home. It will also serve equally well outdoors, though care must be taken to ensure it isn’t exposed to heavy rainfall or it will soon become waterlogged.

The rope handles allow for ease of movement, although it can be a little on the heavy side when filled with soil.

Pros

  • Rustic design invokes images of rural bliss
  • 100% watertight, so suitable for interior use
  • Long-lasting and hard-wearing, even out among the elements

Cons

  • No drainage holes can complicate the circulation of water

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