Buying pots for plants is an aspect of home decorating that people sometimes overlook. After all, the most attractive part of a plotted plant is supposed to be the plant itself. Still, tasteful pots can help accentuate floral arrangements or highlight a plant's best features. And they can add to a room's coziness and charm. Whether you want a pot that will blend into the background or one that will grab visitors' attention, these stores are good places to shop.
IKEA is known for its trendy furniture and home accents. The pots it offers fit in with that image. They're sleek, subtle, and understated. For example, the earthenware pots in the Kardemumma collection are solid white and feature patterns of either vertical or horizontal lines. They can be coordinated with matching candle holders, lamps, or picture frames. Pots in the Mandel collection are made of clay and come in neutral earth tones. The taller pot in this collection is the right size to hold orchids.
The Socker series includes pots made of galvanized steel. Five shapes are available, and IKEA sells matching plant stands to arrange the pots on. And pots in the Bigarra series come with coordinating saucers; a hole in the bottom of each pot allows for drainage. You have a choice between black or neutral glazed stoneware.
Some of IKEA's pots have been treated to make them waterproof or rust-resistant, meaning that they can be placed on an outdoor patio or porch without suffering rain damage. The smallest pots start at just $0.99 (IKEA, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10155671).
Target offers modern stoneware pots, with or without saucers, and garden urns. One of its more innovative products is a three-tiered arrangement of pots. The planters fit on top of each other to accommodate layers of plants. This set is UV-resistant, making it an excellent choice for an outdoor area or a sunroom.
The pots that will be most likely to win compliments are the ones built into animal-shaped planters. These planters are offered in cat, horse, moose, and giraffe shapes. The pots form the torsos of these animal planters, so that the plant is growing out of the animal's back. Each animal is completed by painted steel legs and a painted steel head and tail.
The pots for plants that you'll find at Pier 1 Imports are often more quant and whimsical than other stores' offerings. Pier 1 Imports' ceramic planters feature familiar garden images such as frogs and shells. Square planters feature a black-and-white pattern and are meant to be placed on patios. Other pots are built onto iron stands that hold statues of ants playing musical instruments. Also for sale are herb pots with saucers glazed with pastel orange, green, and yellow. Herb pots in another set are hand-painted with images of a dragonfly, a butterfly, a flower, and a hummingbird. If you'd like to liven up a plain pot, Pier 1 sells three-dimensional iron butterflies, painted in bright acrylics, that can be attached to a pot's side.