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Quirky, vintage and contemporary pots

PASX yellow welly planter
PASX yellow welly planter

Pots and containers can make or break a garden design, whether you’re looking for vintage models, contemporary or the downright quirky.

It’s often difficult to find something unusual that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg – all of these containers are under £40.

Here’s a selection of the best of all three – you’ll find them easily on the internet and at good prices.

Some of them are multi-purpose, so can be used indoors during winter for a variety of things – only your imagination is your limit.


This Red Crumpled Bin by John Brauer, on the Design My World site, is a witty visual gag. It can also be used as a plant pot cover, available in red, black and white, in durable plastic. Price £39.95,

A touch of the Twilight Zone from Rigby and Mac with this one, but it looks great planted with succulents or grasses. Ceramic doll’s head planter, size 8cm x 8.5cm x 9cm, £8.95,

Who knew that upside down planters worked? Outdoor Sky Planters are perfect for making a statement. Made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, they’re available in many colours, size 25cm x 18cm, available from, price £24.

Encourage the kids to garden or have a little fun yourself with this Rainy Day Garden Chamomile Planter in yellow from PASX, price £13,


A touch of retro Med glamour from The Oak Room with this tin and its vintage-inspired label for Sunshine Olive Oil. Use it for long kitchen utensils, a wastepaper bin or an indoor planter. Size 20cm x 17cm, price £5.99,

Another timeless look from Garden Trading, this large Chadlington Planter in galvanised steel is designed to weather gracefully, and comes in an assortment of sizes and vintage-style handles. Price £28,

This elegant enamel pot with details from an original watercolour design by William Kilburn is available from Annabel James, diameter 11cm, price £17.95,


The Thoughtful Gardener Ceramic Plant Pot by Quince Living is ideal for herbs and the kitchen window sill when the weather gets colder. It’s boxed, ready to give as a gift. Size 21.6cm x 15.2cm x 21.6cm, price £20,

Classic looks with this Royal Horticultural Society flower pot holder but in ink blue crystal, from Dartington Crystal, price £29,

This stylish cup from Danish brand Ferm Living is perfect for a nice cuppa – or a contemporary pot holder. It’s made of porcelain and is dishwasher safe, size 7 x 10 cm, price £14.95, from Debbie Bliss Home,

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