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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.

Quirky…

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, www.designmyworld.net.

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, www.rigbyandmac.com.

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 www.furnish.co.uk, 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, www.pasx.co.uk.

Vintage…

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, www.oakroomshop.co.uk.

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, www.gardentrading.co.uk.

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

Contemporary…

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, www.quinceliving.co.uk.

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

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, www.debbieblisshome.com.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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