10 Planters To Brighten Your Garden

This year I seem to have finally made it into the safe zone with my at-home herb garden. The Bellocq Tea team gave us a stunning footed planter as a gift last year (the one above – full of paperwhites!) and Julia and I bought a mix of mint, rosemary and thyme to grow inside of it after the paperwhites faded. For the past ten years I’ve done this same process, only to find a mushy or dried out mess a few weeks later. But this year I finally found the perfect spot in the sun and have kept a close eye on things and…I finally have a healthy, thriving herb garden that helped me make a pretty delicious bowl of rosemary roasted potatoes this weekend. It got me thinking about how the right planter can not only grow your garden, but inspire you to get started in the first place. So I thought I’d share our favorite 10 planters that will work for indoor and outdoor gardens. And if you’ve got a grey thumb (I think I’m finally out of the black thumb zone) like me, remember a few key things: Avoid over-watering, soak pots in the tub if the material (like terracotta) will wick moisture away from plants and be sure to rotate so your plants are evenly sunned. Happy planting! xo, grace

Image above: 1. Zinc Pot $10 | 2. Quartz Faceted Ceramic Planter $18 | 3. Cultivated Gardens Footed Planter (see website for retailers) | 4. Matchstick Planter $190 | 5. Bark Planters $14+

Click through for all 10 planters after the jump!

Image above: Cappuccino Bowl Planter $88

Image above: Fiberclay Barrel Pot $28

Image above: Case Study Planter $149

Image above: Raised Teak Trough Planter $348

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Image above: Cityscape Planters $89+

  1. Lizabeth says:

    Grace, where’s the photo of your herb garden? :)

  2. maggie says:

    Oh my gosh that Raised Teak Trough Planter…in my dreams. So beautiful.

  3. Nina says:

    Those barrel pots are pretty and a bargain! Your herb garden success is inspiring. Maybe it’s time to give it another go.

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      you should definitely go for it. i realized the key (for me at least) was to check in every day. if the soil looked too wet (which was often my problem), i would put it in brighter sun near an open window so it could dry out some. i also had to see small defeats as less of a reason to quit. for example, in this planter, one of the three plants died. instead of scrapping it, i pulled it out and planted more rosemary, which seemed to be loving the space. the ability to change and adjust as you go is key- so far so good :)


  4. I love the look of galvanized tin in a garden. Those are my favorite planters. Very rustic country. :)

  5. Nice! I also recently graduated from black thumb to grey thumb. It happened once I got into my thirties. Now my herb garden is my new obsession. It’s so satisfying watching my babies grow – and then eating them!!


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