We love plants here at the Strategist. We’ve written about low-light plants, off-the-radar indoor plants, status plants, pet-safe plants and more. (Much more.) The right plant can practically transform an interior space, but not if you leave them in those plastic nursery pots they’re sold in at plant stores — or when they’re shipped to your door through one of the many online plant sellers.
Leaving plants in those plastic pots isn’t necessarily a disaster, but it’s a missed opportunity. A simple ceramic pot can make that big Bird of Paradise or Monstera look less like an impulse purchase on your way out of Ikea, and more like a thoughtful addition to your living room décor. And if you’re nervous about repotting, don’t worry. You can leave your plant in that plastic pot for now. (You’ll need to repot it eventually once it grows enough, but we can worry about that later.) Just get a slightly larger decorative pot and slip the plastic pot inside as a liner. As a bonus, this makes watering even easier because you don’t need to worry about drainage and you can easily do everything in the sink if you want.
If you want to upgrade your indoor greenery, all you need is the right pot or planter. We found some of the best options, all conveniently available on Amazon, for any sort of plant: Trios of tiny pots for windowsill mini-succulent gardens; colorful and patterned containers that work on desktops, coffee tables, and end tables; plant stands for the crown jewel of your plant collection; along with hanging planters, outdoor planters, vases and more.
A hexagonal rose-gold pot may be predictably millennial, but the bold geometric shape should make any succulent pop, and it’s practically asking to be placed on a windowsill where the angled sides can catch the light.
These tiny, marble pots include bamboo trays to capture water and soil leakage. Fill the pastel set with a trio of mini succulents.
Sold with their separate bamboo trays, these ceramic mini-pots would be right at home at an all-day café.
Okay, one more set with bamboo trays, but this time they’re terrazzo pots.
Pull together a cluster of succulents in this round planter for an easy and understated centerpiece.
For slightly medium-size plants, like this royal-purple bougainvillea, go with one of these clean-lined ceramic planters with delicate gold accents.
We also love the simplicity of these minimalist terracotta pots. They’re about 5-inches wide, and since terracotta is naturally porous and breathable, they would make a nice home for a small-ish snake plant or ZZ plant (or really any plant that likes to dry out completely before being re-watered).
This simple, wide-mouth planter certainly works as a vase too, but it would be perfect for a colorful, flowering plant like an anthurium or a bromeliad. It’s also a nice choice if you’re gifting a plant and want to pot it on your own to save the recipient some trouble.
This stoneware pot is about 8-inches wide, so it’s big enough to hold a standard-sized plant in a 6-inch nursery pot, but not so big that it still has a relatively small footprint. It make for a nice accent on a desk or end table, and the hand-painted bands of color are a fun and subtle touch.
Ceramic meets macramé in this quintessentially boho minimalist planter.
This leather plant hanger was one of the top picks in our article on how to hang plants. Do note that the only things for sale here are the genuine leather plant-hanging straps — the pot is not included. The company says the straps “comfortably fit” pots ranging from 4 to 12 inches, so this should work with pretty much anything.
A simple, clean, modern planter in a Yeezy Season 2–approved nude color palette.
A mid-century modern living room deserves a mid-century modern planter. This freestanding wood stand comes with its own 11-inch planter, so you don’t need to worry about whether or not it will fit. This would be a great choice for showcasing any sort of statement floor plant like a fiddle-leaf fig or a monstera.
This vase, with its turquoise-swirled glass and golden flecks, is worth displaying on its own — or maybe with a hydrangea shrub in a complimentary shade of blue.
An outdoor option, this large planter has rubber feet to prevent staining surfaces such as porches or patios, and a removable drain plug for excess water. It also has a sort of (maybe unintentional?) splatterware design.
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