9 trending pots for indoor gardens - our shopping editor knows how to elevate your growing game

Looking for that perfect pot for your houseplant? These 9 trending pots are the styles to buy now

A spherical plant pot
(Image credit: Crate & Barrel)

It's fair to say that I've got a mild obsession with houseplants. From where I'm writing alone I can see 11 plants of varying sizes, from my trailing satin pothos with its silver-speckled leaves to my sprawling big cheese (which I've just noticed has a new leaf pending!) 

The mix of shapes, colors and sizing make my indoor garden collection what it is, and variety certainly keeps things interesting. But I'm almost as obsessed with the containers themselves - the houseplant pots.

'I'm loving the sphere pots from Crate & Barrel,' says landscape designer, Amber Freda. 'They are trending because they have a classic, timeless appeal and can work well in both modern or more traditional settings. They’re also more durable and made of higher quality materials than some of the plastic or resin materials that are available now, and they won’t be as likely to chip or crack as terracotta.'

Inspired by the latest trends in indoor vegetable gardens, trees, herbs and flowers - such as Jake Arnold's latest collaboration with Crate & Barrel, featuring a selection of seriously stylish plant pots - and armed with Amber's words, I bought three pots this year, of three different styles. A cute basket, a round pot for that curved feel, and an extra oversized pot, big enough for an indoor fruit tree and ideal to house my rubber plant that is in need of a good home. Here are others of a similar style that I'm considering buying next.

Best round houseplant pots

Best basket houseplant pots

Best oversized houseplant pots

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'CorTen steel continues to be a popular option for modern/industrial-leaning spaces, but I’m seeing some really interesting zinc and brass options this season as well and love the idea of adding one or two to a space for an extra special pop of interest -  Metal can feel luxe and add a bit of glamor to a space,' says Kat Aul Cervoni, founder of New York City-based landscape design firm Staghorn.

'For something bolder, like brass or copper, I would opt for an ornamental grass. For the more understate zinc, anything your heart desires - it’s a great neutral.'

'Another trend I’m seeing a lot of is planters with a strongly set-in base. I love the sculptural quality of these pots and the play on proportions. Style grouped together in mixed sizes or as an accent. These are well-suited for modern, contemporary and even mid-century style spaces.'

Which pots are best for indoor houseplants?

When it comes to indoor houseplant pots, you can have a lot more fun with the material you choose as they won't need to withstand the outdoor conditions. You'll also be decorating with plants, so you can pick colors and materials that work for your interiors. However, you need to make sure you go for the more porous option. Ceramics and clay will dry more evenly than in plastic pots. 

Even though plastic is the cheaper option, there is nowhere for the water to escape to and plastic keeps the water in for nearly double the time as clay. If you do go for plastic, make sure the soil is held by another plastic pot with drainage holes on the inside. 

Why do indoor plants need holes?

Drainage holes are all about allowing water to drain out. Plastic pots with holes at the bottom need to be inside the main outer, decorative pot if there is no drainage holes in the outer pot. 

If you don't have drainage holes, the soil can become waterlogged, creating more chance of root rot, even for the most low-maintenance plants for indoor gardening. This is because the roots will only drink the water they require - so any excess water will just sit at the base of the soil. You really need the holes to make sure the soil loses this excess water. Another trick to help drainage along is to put broken-up ceramic or small shells into the bottom of your plant pot, creating gaps and pockets of air where the water can drain down.

For the best results, I would recommend bottom watering your houseplants. The drainage holes will allow the water to get sucked up from the bottom up, going straight to the root rather than having to filter down through various layers of soil.

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.