Colorful Planters

Colorful Planters

January 18, 2013
Photo by: Steel Life

Above: Steel Life’s shallow Basin Mod Dish is ideal for succulents that need minimal water and soil. ($98)

Sometimes color has a way of stealing the show. But when it comes to planters, a brightly hued container works as a stage, drawing attention to all the botanical drama transpiring inside. And while those seeking colorful containers once had to transform bowls into planters or paint them by hand, several new designs are just as f­unctional as they are colorful and stylish. In some cases, color itself has a major function: Certain hues can help accentuate subtle shades or  patterns on leaves and create a contrast that makes a paler shade of green pop. As for richer greens or deep floral pigments, a turquoise, red, or yellow pot can create tasteful technicolor interest. 

Jonathan Adler Okura Planter

Above: Jonathan Adler’s Yellow Okura Planter  The dean of downtown design, Adler conceives all of his pottery in his Manhattan studio, where it is also hand-thrown. The surface of this 27-inch-high stoneware planter is coated with a reactive glaze, while a drainage hole with a rubber plug makes it easy to shift plants inside. Summoning classic midcentury chic, the planter comes in slightly acidic shades of yellow, orange, and blue, which are bright and cheery but never garish in the garden. ($895)


Skyline Planter


Above: Phase Design’s Skyline Planter Designer Reza Feiz created this series of planters with the city skyline in mind. The geometric form adds vertical visual structure while providing an eye-catching contrast with the organic life it frames. Available in gun-metal gray, yellow, white, or black, the planters come in a range of sizes, from 22 to 52 inches. Solid aluminum with a powdercoat finish, they’re durable enough to withstand a gravel-­covered bottom, which will help with water drainage. ($880 to $1,220)

Jack Planter by Steel Life
Above: Jack Planter by Steel Life The brainchild of Bend, Oregon, landscape designer S­hannon Lester, the sustainably oriented Steel Life crafts vessels from salvaged, American-made upcycled metal and other materials, largely for drought-tolerant plants. The jack-shape base is constructed from beech, one of the most sustainable American woods, while the vessel, which comes in red or turquoise, is finished with a water-repelling coating made from natural, renewable  oils and waxes. ($125) 


This article was first published in Garden Design February/March 2013