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5 Stylish Planters Designed to Grow With You

These outdoor vessels are as much sculptural objets d’art as functional homes for greenery.

Bradley L. Bowers Cala plant pot Joe Kramm for Emma Scully Gallery

With the ever-growing emphasis on outdoor living, we’re all well-acquainted with fire pits, performance fabrics, and pod-like seating groups that seem plucked from the latest boutique hotel. But what about greenery? Bluestone pavers, porcelain tiles, and exotic hardwood boards could all benefit from verdant vines and bright blooms, or at least an array of herbs for your kitchen. For that matter, you could even grow tomatoes poolside.

These avant-garde planters are more artwork than workhorse, but they function all the same. Bradley L. Bowers turns a vegetable on its head, so to speak, with his curvy cast iron “Cala” planter with a rusted finish that feels at once contemporary and traditional. Gary Fernández of Concrete Poetics invokes a similar sensibility with his cast concrete planters that echo the irregular, stratified, layers of the earth. Mermelada Estudio takes a wholly different tack with its unapologetically modern illuminated outdoor planter for Estiluz.

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