–Using Plants in Your Home Part 3 :: Planters Indoors and Out

Ok, so I still can’t stop talking about plants–I’ve written a Part One and Part Two of this series and I cannot stop.  Today I want to share a few of my favorite types of planters–from simple to quirky.  Just putting this post together inspired me to use planters in different ways, I hope it inspires you as well.

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Top Photo:: West Elm has some unique choices including stackable planters, wall planters (I might have to try one of these and report back about if it works) and textured planters.

Simple Terracotta Planters:: Mark Sikes via Habitually Chic

Blue and White Ceramic Planter on Stand (see it back there with the huge tree growing out of it?

 Habitually Chic

Hanging Planter from Ingleside Pottery

William Sonoma :: Vintage Bathtub with Stand Planter

Dino Planter via BoyGirlTees

via AntiqueChase use an old trophy

bird bath planter via Real Simple

How to Make a Hanging Planter from Skinny laMinx

Rhino Toupee Head Planter (actually it’s an air plant–you can pop one on top of any ceramic head you have around your house–I know I’m not the only person with ceramic animal heads)

Plant herbs right outside your kitchen window

Window Boxes :: A really helpful article on how to think about creating a “Luxuriant Window Box”

Patio Garden (using pots that have a common theme helps unify the space)

Basket as a planter via Birgitta Wolfgang


Head planters found here and here (lots of photos with different kinds of plants and accessories)

Next post? Fairy Gardens and Terrariums, then I’m done talking about plants. Promise.  And yes, I just wrote the words Fairy Gardens somebody, stop me.

Read part 4:: Terarriums


  1. Our new house has window boxes, I’m so excited now! Thanks!!

    • We had window boxes on the second story windows in the last house we owned and OHHHHH how I miss them, it pains me to even think about them. Something that brings me so much joy should really be added to any house we live in!!! Poor me, the roof line in our current house won’t allow window boxes–but in our next house….

      ENJOY them!!!!

      • We just moved into a house with second story window boxes and I have NO idea what to plant in them that will be successful in part-shade, low maintainence, and look good from the street. Do you have tips? Can you do a whole post on window boxes? (See, now I am just egging you on!)

    • How wonderful! I love it!

  2. I love seeing your fairy garden ideas on Pinterest. I made one last year for my daughter in an unused planting area in our yard (http://theweekendhomemaker.com/pinterest-challenge-a-fairy-garden). We are looking forward to adding more plants and fairy structures this year. Even my 4 son likes to help out by “bulldozing” fresh ground for us.

  3. From someone who kills all things green, I’ve loved this series. And I needed the reminder that I will eventually kill any plant I bring home. In the past when a plant has died, I’ve translated that into a big fat F in Horticulture and then I just give up altogether. A $3 succulent that lasts a year has cost me $.008 a day. {Yes, I just did the math.} What a small price to pay for beauty and green in my house!

    Also? You had me at “fairy garden.” : )

  4. That last photo with the scowling man with the dreadlocks-looking plant coming out of his head made my day!

  5. I am loving the Rosemary! I always kill mine, those were beautiful!

  6. Oh I love the last picture with the head planters. That made me laugh. I may just have to get some to add some more quirky to my home :-)

  7. This may seem silly, but any time I’ve had plants in the past, it’s ruined the finish of WHATEVER the planter was sitting on. I always had a water-catch tray and I’ve had both plastic and terra cotta planters… am I doing something wrong? Am I missing a “put a plastic bag under the planter” tip, or just unwittingly using planters only meant for outdoors?

    My rusty/water-stained/sad surfaces seek your intervention.

    • yes, you should do that, I usually move mine to the bar/counter in the kitchen the day I water and then when I move them back they are dry so I don’t really need a tray or something under them but yes, it’s a good idea!

  8. Nester, I’m so glad you wrote about plants!! I love working in the garden, but the indoor plants and I don’t get along. I thought I’d give up, but am now more motivated to try again thanks to you. Perhaps I need to try another room (better light?) or different variety. Thanks for the very helpful tips!

    Could you give info about your beautiful planters outside your front door (are they concrete, did you paint them, etc.) I love them! Are you thinking of doing a post for porch/front door plants or even window boxes? I have a porch with bannisters all around and wonder if I could hang window boxes from those. Hmm….. the ideas! ;)

    • Ok, duhhh– I replied to this post thinking it was the “Part 2” and hadn’t even read this one completely. You gave great advice and links for the outdoors and window boxes. Sorry about that! But do tell about your planters. I need help knowing scale/proportion- what is good for the door or not good; should color match house or pop with a different color, a color that’s good year-round, etc. Thanks

  9. Ok, that Dino planter made me LAUGH OUT LOUD! It’s like he’s looking behind him saying “where did THAT come from?” and the hanging macrame pots remind me of my grandmother’s house! Have really enjoyed your series on plants!

    Thanks! Baileywife

    • I loved those two as well! The dino is very whimsical and affordable. The macrame would be a fun project and we had one in our dining room when I was growing up.

  10. Nester, I love this series. I now own a few plants. I had my 2 and 1/2 year old help plant them. This morning, after my shower, I came downstairs to find him playing “excavator” digging the plants out of the planters! YIKES! I quickly repotted it and told him we only play excavator when we’re planting plants… not to dig them up! I hope it survives. I’m so going to have hubby do a window planter outside my kitchen windows for me- love that! AND I can’t wait for fairies gardens tomorrow. I’ve been wanting to do one… I’ll now have a reason- not only I have a zentangle teacher who is inspiring me. Check out her stuff here: http://celebratepossibilities.blogspot.com/2012/03/321-331-fun-fairy-garden-things-to-do.html
    She has a few posts about fairy garden tips and pics.

    • I must also say that I’m the one posting in FB about the stupid 75 gallon tank dilemma. I’m thinking some of those wall planters in random placement would be pretty doggone cool above that tank… :) Thanks for the idea.

  11. I really have been loving this plant series too!!! and then to have the THRILL to see my ‘succulents in silver’ trophy featured here with all the other eye candy…. you made my day :)
    Thanks!! :)

  12. Oh, that bookcase in the second photo – to die for! I was so distracted by that I had to take a second look to find the plants.

    I would love to have window boxes – maybe I should show this to the Mr. and drop a few hints.

  13. Nester,
    The unsourced basket for a planter is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! It would work well on my porch! Thanks so much! and anyone know where that basket if from??

    • I saw some basket planters today at Home Goods, but really unless it’s sitting directly in the elements, just buy a big basket from World Market and put your plant in a plastic planter that fits inside the basket

  14. Oh dear! I have loved this series. Just got home from Lowe’s. I had to buy a plant for a friend and wouldn’t you just know, I got one for me too? :-)

  15. Oh this is good! I’m glad you did part 3. I especially like the head planters. When I was in 8th grade, I learned to macrame so I guess I can put that talent to use once again (hanging plants).
    Now my daughter and I are anxiously waiting for the succulents to hit the greenhouses.

  16. The planters on the wall are quite interesting

  17. I too have really been enjoying your “planty” pins and posts! Thank you!

  18. Lauren L. says

    I killed an ivy plant ten years ago and haven’t bought anything for indoors since.
    And then this series hit me like Stuart Smalley. “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, those plants will die one day anyway!”

    Thanks, Nester!

  19. Ok–I am SO glad you did this series! I’ve given my mother a hard time for years about fake greenery she has in places in her house, so obviously that’s not an option. But now I have some ideas about how to use REAL greenery in my own house and make it still look updated. Thanks!!!

  20. Your use of succulents is inspiring me. I have cat who believe that every flower that enters our home is salad for them. After the issue of chewed flowers and leaves, we have kitties with upset stomachs. Ugh. I’m hoping that maybe they won’t have any interest in succulents. My fingers are crossed. Thanks for the inspiration.
    P.S. Melissa Michaels talked about gardens and fairy gardens today….you two must be channeling each other! LOL!

  21. just gotta say i was passing the floral department in my grocery store the other day and these posts came to mind on plants in the home…

    i am now the proud owner of a little fern looking thing. no idea really what it is. but it sure is pretty and i love it!

    now to find the perfect container and spot~

  22. I’m completely in LOVE with ALL of the West Elm planters. They speak my language, as do you:)

  23. I’m going to have to look into that window herb garden.

  24. Just dropping in to let you know I took your advice and got some nice house plants! I hope I can do right by my plants! Your tips really encouraged me and helped me get over the fear of killing them. Thanks for the post!
    I. love. your. blog.
    Here’s the link to my plants if you’re interested: http://grahamandlesliehale.blogspot.com/2012/04/plant-it.html

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