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A Green Thumb's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Planters

A Green Thumb's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Planters

Choosing the right planters plays a huge role in putting up a garden oasis. The type of planter you select will have an impact on the amount of sunlight and water your plants receive, as well as the overall appearance of your home. When choosing a planter, it is important to consider factors such as the size, shape, and material. 

Here you’ll find tips on selecting the appropriate planters for indoor and outdoor plants, explore different types of planters by material, and discover how to choose the right size and shape for your plants. 

Types of Planters by Material 

When it comes to planters, the material they are made of can greatly affect the growth of your plants. Understanding the different types of planters available by material, such as ceramic, plastic, or terracotta, allows you to choose the best option for your plant. Selecting the right planter can also add to the aesthetic appeal of your home decor.


Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, ceramic planters are made from clay. They are often glazed, which adds a layer of protection to the surface and enhances their visual appeal. This porous material also allows air and moisture to prevent the soil from drying quickly. Most ceramic plant pots are best for plants that need moist soil such as ferns, peace lilies, and more.


Similar to ceramics, terracotta planters are also made from clay and fired at a high temperature. Planters made from terracotta showcase either a natural red-orange color or different glazed colors that add warmth to garden spaces and complement various plant types. 

Terracotta planters also have a porous material that allows water to evaporate through the walls of the pot. This makes it perfect for plants that like well-draining soil, such as succulents and cacti.


Concrete is a strong and durable material that can be used to make a variety of planters. Some lightweight concrete planters are also often mixed with other materials like fiberglass and sand so they can be used indoors or out. This type of planter is best for plants that don’t require frequent watering such as succulents, herbs, and air plants that don’t require soil at all. 


Fiberglass planters are made from a durable material that is lightweight and often used in commercial settings. They are often mixed with resin and stone materials for indoor or outdoor use.

They come in various shapes and sizes and can withstand harsh weather conditions, making them a great option for outdoor use. They are also non-porous, which means they retain moisture well for low-maintenance plants like snake plants, spider plants, and more.

Types of Planters by Shape

Planters come in a variety of shapes. There are three common shapes: round, square, and rectangular, each offering a unique aesthetic and functional appeal. 

  • Round Planters: A classic round planter is a favorite shape among gardeners because of its symmetrical circular shape perfect for flowers. There are other varieties including bowl planters and cylinders.
  • Square Planters: This shape has equal dimensions on all sides which makes it easy to match with any decoration. Square planters are a great fit for home office spaces.
  • Rectangle Planters: Stylish and functional, rectangular planters have a sturdy base to house your favorite plants. They make an ideal centerpiece indoors and outdoors.

Modern planters now feature a variety of shapes like geometric and abstract planters to add an artistic flair to gardens or indoor spaces.

Choosing the Right Size

The size of the planter determines how much soil your plant has to grow in. If the planter is too small, the plant will not have enough room to grow, while large indoor planters allow plants to grow their roots. A deep planter is best for plants with long roots, while a shallow planter is best for small plants. 

Drainage and Water Retention   

The material, shape, and size are not the only essential elements to consider if you want your garden oasis to flourish. Proper drainage is also important to consider when choosing a planter. 

To ensure proper drainage, make sure that the planter has drainage holes in the bottom. You can also add a layer of gravel or pebbles to the bottom of the planter before adding soil. This will help to create a drainage system that will allow excess water to drain away from the plant's roots. Prioritizing proper drainage for all planter types, including ceramic plant pots and planters and wooden planters, will greatly help prevent water-related issues. 

Faux Botanicals 

Faux botanicals have become increasingly popular as people seek to bring more greenery into their homes and workplaces without the fuss. Not only do they add a touch of natural beauty to any space, but they also have the added benefit of being low-maintenance and long-lasting. Add your chosen botanical to any pot or planter and instantly create an effortless oasis indoors.

Whether you're exploring options for wall, indoor, or tall outdoor planters, the key is finding a balance between functionality and style. Experiment with different materials, sizes, and shapes to create a personalized and thriving green space in your home.

Ready to transform your living spaces with the perfect planters? Explore Crate and Barrel Philippines’ collection of indoor and outdoor planters, including wall planters and modern planters. Discover the ideal pots and planters to complement your style and enhance your indoor and outdoor oasis.

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