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Scouting Pots and Plant Stands

StyleChristine K

I frequently get inquiries about where I find all of my pots and plant stands. I thought I’d break from my typical blog post content and focus on this for a change!

First, I am fortunate to live in a city with lots of amazing nurseries and a couple of shops with well-curated pots. And as many of you know, I visit other Planty Places as often as I can, often walking away with at least one pot to remember my stop by.

Terra cotta pots are extremely affordable but tend to only be available at brick and mortar nurseries and shops. The shipping costs would far outweigh the cost of the pot! To that end, I have been lucky to find some varieties on the traditional terra cotta shapes and colors at Anderson’s La Costa, Solana Succulents, Mickeys Plants, Folia Collective and Green Thumb Nursery.

 I found this nice curved terra cotta at Mickey's Plants in Los Angeles. Incidentally I was lucky to find the last of these brass shelving units at my local World Market. I love the little hooks underneath!

I found this nice curved terra cotta at Mickey's Plants in Los Angeles. Incidentally I was lucky to find the last of these brass shelving units at my local World Market. I love the little hooks underneath!

 One of my favorite variations on standard terra cotta is this clean lined shape. I especially love the lighter, rosy color. The pot with the cactus is from Pigment (shoppigment.com). The little face airplant holder is actually a votive holder designed by Jonathan Adler (jonathanadler.com). 

One of my favorite variations on standard terra cotta is this clean lined shape. I especially love the lighter, rosy color. The pot with the cactus is from Pigment (shoppigment.com). The little face airplant holder is actually a votive holder designed by Jonathan Adler (jonathanadler.com). 

I love to find cute pots with character. Some of my favorites have come from Urban Outfitters Home collection, Folia Collective (www.foliacollective.com, @foliacollective) and Eden San Diego (@eden.sd), a local plant shop.

 Pots in this photo are from many sources including local plant shops and nurseries as mentioned, Urban Outfitters (ubiquitous eyeball planter), Waldmade (the small stand wtih cactus, @waldmade), and Knight Ceramics (@knightceramics).

Pots in this photo are from many sources including local plant shops and nurseries as mentioned, Urban Outfitters (ubiquitous eyeball planter), Waldmade (the small stand wtih cactus, @waldmade), and Knight Ceramics (@knightceramics).

I am always on the hunt for modern style pots. A couple of my local nurseries carry Chive pots, a Canadian company that makes lovely modern planters in many shapes and sizes. If you’re local to the San Diego area you can find them at Barrel’s and Branches and Anderson’s La Costa. Folia Collective also has a great selection of modern pottery, some of them handmade in the LA area. North Park Nursery (@northparknursery) and Pigment (@shoppigment) also have a great selection of modern pots. West Elm has some nice options including candle vessels that can double as terrariums or airplant vessels.

 I found the cute gray Chive planter at Anderson's La Costa, and the small white planter at Barrel's and Branches, both local nurseries. 

I found the cute gray Chive planter at Anderson's La Costa, and the small white planter at Barrel's and Branches, both local nurseries. 

Every once in a while I splurge on a pot that is a statement piece, such as my Modernica Case Study planter and my Hudson and Oak Shop (@hudsonandoakshop) cachepots that hold my big ZZ plant and Ficus lyrata (Fiddle Fig), respectively.

 My Ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig) hangs out in a cachepot by Hudson and Oak (hudsonandoakshop.etsy.com, @hudsonandoakshop). Other planters in this photo are from brick and mortar sources including Eden San Diego, Folia Collective, Solana Succulents and Andersons La Costa. The photo also shows plant stands from Kellan Carr (@crowleykel), Ikea, Home Goods and Eden San Diego. See below for more on plant stands!

My Ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig) hangs out in a cachepot by Hudson and Oak (hudsonandoakshop.etsy.com, @hudsonandoakshop). Other planters in this photo are from brick and mortar sources including Eden San Diego, Folia Collective, Solana Succulents and Andersons La Costa. The photo also shows plant stands from Kellan Carr (@crowleykel), Ikea, Home Goods and Eden San Diego. See below for more on plant stands!

Last but not least with regards to pots, I love finding pots that were handmade, especially if I can get them directly from the maker. Hudson and Oak is actually one of these. Additional ones include Potting Pink (@pottingpink, the potting feed for Morgan Doane, of the fame @plantingpink/@houseplantclub); Poured Formes (@pouredforms), lovely poured concrete planters by @succulentbff and her hubby; and Knight Ceramics (@knightceramics, pictured above in the plant shelves), darling little pots with drainage perfect for little succulents or cacti. Momma Pots (@momma_pots, www.mommapots.net) makes darling handcrafted pots as well. Etsy is a great resource for cute handmade pots!

 I got this cute little black planter from @potting pink. I love sourcing directly from makers!

I got this cute little black planter from @potting pink. I love sourcing directly from makers!

What about stands? They are a little harder to find. I’m always looking for modern stands – nothing too ornate. I love boho style wicker stands but they don’t go well with our décor. Some nice modern options: Waldmade (@waldmade, purchase on Etsy), Ikea (lots of inexpensive options, but many you have to purchase in store), Plant Works Los Angeles (cute little midcentury inspired stands that hold a 4-6 inch pot fairly well) and Amigo Modern (@amigomodern). One of my favorites is a locally made wooden stand by Kellen Carr (@crowleykel, see tall wooden stand with white pot in prior image). Home Goods has some cute stands sometimes and is always worth a check! I found my 3 tier metal stand there. I didn't like the pots it came with, so I swapped them out for modern terra cotta.

 The white stands are from Amigo Modern (amigomodern.com, @amigomodern). An Ikea side table elevates the Monstera. You can also see when compared to the other photo of the same space that I switch things up quite a bit - it's fun to move things around and play with styling! 

The white stands are from Amigo Modern (amigomodern.com, @amigomodern). An Ikea side table elevates the Monstera. You can also see when compared to the other photo of the same space that I switch things up quite a bit - it's fun to move things around and play with styling! 

 The black stand on the far left is from Plantworks Los Angeles (plantworkslosangeles.com, @plantworkslosangeles). The small wood midcentury inspired planter is from Waldmade (@waldmade). The ZZ plant is housed in at Modernica Case Study planter with stand. 

The black stand on the far left is from Plantworks Los Angeles (plantworkslosangeles.com, @plantworkslosangeles). The small wood midcentury inspired planter is from Waldmade (@waldmade). The ZZ plant is housed in at Modernica Case Study planter with stand. 

Of course, you can always get creative and make your own stand (concrete is fun to work with!). You can also use something that wasn't originally intended as a stand such as a stack of books (another favorite of mine), or a wire wastebasket. Whatever you decide, have fun and enjoy your plants!