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Growing your own plants, flowers and vegetables can be a fun and exciting hobby. Planters can house all sorts of vegetation, from edible gardens to colorful mums, roses and daisies. With our large selection of indoor planters, outdoor planters, plant stands, plant containers and plant liners, you’ll be growing in no time.

Choosing Your Planters

The type of plants you choose, their drainage needs and where you want to put them will help you determine the best planters for your home. Our planters come in different colors, sizes and materials. Choose from indoor planters, outdoor planters, garden containers, herb planters, flower pots and more. If you’re looking for a raised garden bed, we have those as well.

Caring for your planters helps them last longer and keeps your plants looking attractive. When choosing planters, consider the size and weight of your plant, its watering needs and how big it will grow. The best plant pots will usually be two or three inches bigger in diameter than plants already growing in pots under 10 inches in diameter. If your plants are in pots over 10 inches in diameter, the best plant pots for them will usually be one or two inches bigger in diameter.

You’ll also want to be sure that the planter has drainage holes or is made from a material you can drill into. In most cases, you can improve drainage by poking or drilling holes in the bottom of the planter. If you're using a separate saucer, choose one slightly larger than the bottom of the pot to catch excess water.

Remember that potted plants need more fertilizer and water than plants grown in the ground. You'll probably need to water more often during hot weather. Soil in planters freezes more quickly than the ground, so move tender plants inside before frost hits your area. Bring terra cotta and ceramic planters inside to prevent breaking or cracking during harsh weather.

Other Things to Consider

Mulches provide nutrients for plants and protects their roots while preventing weed growth. The best mulch slows topsoil erosion and retains soil moisture. We also have a wide variety of garden tools – like garden gloves, weeders and garden trowels – to help with your planting.

Many planters come with optional accessories such as saucers to protect the surface under the plant and catch excess water after watering. Porous saucers, like those made with clay, will not completely protect the surface beneath them, so you may want to consider plastic or ceramic saucers.

Metal, copper and tin planters are attractive and provide a unique accent to outdoor areas, although these materials may not weather well. Half-whiskey barrels are large, wooden planters for large plants or large container gardens. They also make attractive additions to a yard or deck.

Hanging baskets often come pre-planted and have a hook for hanging, but you can also buy a hanging basket and plant it yourself. These baskets can be heavy when filled with soil and water, so make sure you have sturdy hardware in place before you hang them. They're often used on porches, decks and patios or, if they're filled with sun-loving plants, around swimming pools.

Let Us Help You

Our Planters Buying Guide can point you in the right direction when selecting your planters. If you want to tackle a planting project yourself, check out our Build a Window Box Planter guide. We can also show you how to Make a Hanging Planter and a planter wall.