19th-century charantaise pot, £590, Lorfords.
01666 505111; lorfordsantiques.com
Vintage ceramic swan planter, £100, The Mint List.
020 8616 9192; themintlist.com
Terracotta pot, c1900, by Liberty, £890, Spencer Swaffer.
01903 882132; spencerswaffer.com
Macramé hanging planter with glass pot, £24, Mia Fleur.
0116 298 6393; miafleur.com
Trio of concrete diamond pots by PASiNGA, £34.99, Etsy.
Antique Chinese rice bucket, £65, Must Have Bins.
0845 528 0932; musthavebins.co.uk
Blue-and-white ceramic plant pot, £6, Sainsbury’s.
0800 636 262; sainsburys.co.uk
Pair of sandstone planters, £585, The Old Cinema.
020 8995 4166; theoldcinema.co.uk
‘Hive’ planter by D&M, £30, Amara.
0800 587 7645; amara.com
‘Sky’ planter, £399, The Chelsea Gardener.
020 7352 5656; chelseagardener.com
Whatever the size and style of your garden, a planter will rarely go amiss. After all little transforms an area into a living space quite like a plant. As well as offering an injection of life-giving colour, they literally give life, oxygenating and purifying the air around them. It’s small wonder that people have been potting up plants since ancient times.
While simple terracotta was the ruling material for millennia – indeed, it remains a popular choice today – it is the innovations that began in the 18th century that will interest the antiques collector. It was then that designers, including Josiah Wedgwood, began to popularise ornate planters in ceramic and metal over more functional options. Of course, utilitarian styles have their own appeal, as modern pots of plastic and concrete design prove.
Whether you’re looking to make a statement with a large pot or create a cluster of small pots, here we have brought together a range of our favourites from this season.
This feature first appeared in the July 2016 issue of Homes & Antiques.