“This makes me think of antique tin ceiling tiles in a SoHo loft,” says Celerie Kemble, referring to the molding along the edges. “It softens an otherwise sharp square.” Kemble is also a fan of the weather-resistant composite stone. Because of the planter’s generous scale, she pictures it as the centerpiece of a circular drive, holding a small tree.
Height: 32"; width: 30"; depth: 30"; material: pummeled marble, rock, and resin in lead-gray finish (custom sizes and finishes available); delivery: 2?3 weeks; price: $2,500, by Pennoyer Newman (for information: ).
“The most glamorous of the bunch,” Nathan Turner says. “It’s an update of an old-school Versailles design.” With its shiny brass finials and painted-wood finish, it would work well in front of a Hollywood Regency house or anchoring an entryway, he says. An added bonus is the removable metal liner that makes swapping out plants a snap.
Height: 26.75"; width: 20"; depth: 20"; material: Douglas fir in black finish with brass finials (custom sizes and finishes and other materials available); delivery: 6?8 weeks; price: $723, from Accents of France (for information: accentsoffrance.com)
“Like a beautiful cistern,” comments Turner, admiring the piece’s gentle fluting, dappled color, and capacious silhouette. “And it’s made of resin, so it’s much lighter than it looks—you don’t need six people when you want to move it!” he exclaims. Due to its large size, Turner envisions a pair fitted with palm trees next to a swimming pool.
Height: 28"; diameter: 39.5" (smaller size available); material: cast resin in limestone finish; delivery: immediate; price: $1,875, by Oly (for information: ).
“An elegant French-zinc look but in galvanized steel, which is much less expensive,” Turner says. Plus, it’s sturdy and comes with a handy pullout liner that rests slightly above the bottom, facilitating drainage and giving the foliage extra height. Because its silhouette is ideal for narrow spaces, he suggests flanking a front door with a pair.
Height: 30"; width: 16"; depth: 16"; material: galvanized steel (also available in bronze finish and in other sizes); delivery: 3–7 days; price: $149, by Restoration Hardware (for information: ).
“This is both rustic and grand,” Kemble declares. “The textured reclaimed hardwood conjures the feeling of an old crate, but the iron lion’s-head ring pulls and feet lend it a bit of pomp.” She favors planting it with a citrus tree or obelisk-shaped boxwood to enhance its stately form.
Height: 32"; width: 22"; depth: 22"; material: azobe wood and iron; delivery: 2–6 weeks; price: $1,950, from Mecox Gardens (for information: ).
Kemble dubs this refined design “Zen modern.” The teak’s warm color recalls soothing sauna wood, she notes, and the exposed screws along the edges illustrate its “earnest construction.” The planter’s nautical slatting lends itself to the deck of a shingled beach house, says Kemble, who points out that it requires a liner inside to keep dirt contained.
Height: 24"; width: 29.5"; depth: 29.5"; material: teak; delivery: immediate; price: $1,245, from Detroit Garden Works (for information: ).
“I love it because it’s California-casual,” Turner remarks of the two-tone-weave planter. “The substantial profile gives it oomph, and the faux wicker recalls a 1980s Michael Taylor design,” he says, citing the iconic West Coast decorator’s signature use of overscale plants.
Height: 20.5"; width: 28"; depth: 28"; material: woven faux wicker in brown finish (also available in gray finish and in other sizes); delivery: immediate; price: $500, from Treillage Ltd. (for information: ).
“Clean and contemporary,” says Turner, who appreciates the planter’s lightweight fiberglass construction as well as the subtle shine of its natural-metal finish, which will take on an attractive patina over time. The boxy container is “so simple it could go anywhere,” observes Turner, though he prefers it deployed in multiples to border a large garden.
Height: 24.5"; width: 24"; depth: 24"; material: fiberglass in bronze finish (also available in black-nickel finish and in other sizes); delivery: 2 weeks; price: $625, from Design Within Reach (for information: ).
“The coppery tone is iridescent like raku pottery,” says Kemble, referring to lustrously glazed Japanese ceramics. Its understated style and slender Egyptian-urn shape “beg for being planted with blooms that spill over the top,” notes Kemble, who proposes placing the container on a terrace for a generous splash of color.
Height: 24.5"; diameter: 19.75" (smaller size available); material: ceramic in bronze finish; delivery: 4?6 weeks; price: $328, by Campania International Inc. from Chelsea Garden Center (for information: ).
“A workhorse pot” is Kemble’s verdict on this earthenware vessel. “The proportions are great for grouping a few around a swimming pool,” she says, adding that she’s fond of the green crackled glaze because it transitions well from outdoors to in. Kemble proclaims the price a bargain: “You’ll want to buy at least four!”
Height: 18"; diameter: 20"; material: glazed earthenware in kiwi (other sizes and colors available); delivery: 1 week; price: $85, from Planter Resource Inc. (for information: ).