13 Perfect Planters for Your Outdoor Space (All Less Than $50!)

Dress your plants with these pretty planters that cost less than $50.

With summer in full swing, I’ve decided that this is the year I’m going to commit to shedding my title of "plant serial killer." I've read up on the basics of container gardening, and I’ve hit the ground running. But before I could take on my black thumb makeover, I needed a few fab planters to help me spiff up my outdoor space.

Here are 13 budget-friendly planter picks perfect for any outdoor makeover.

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If you’re looking for a bit of glam in your outdoor space, go for a pretty option like this one. Keep in mind, however, that metals get hotter than other materials, so if you’re in a warmer climate, use planters like this one sparingly.

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If you love to cook or are trying to up your kitchen game, consider growing your own herbs. These galvanized pots are a great way to get started with herb gardening. Plus, they would look fantastic mixed with a variety of colors.

Concrete Planter
CB2 / $8

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For a more modern outdoor space, consider using these chic, concrete pots. Pre-drilled drainage holes make it easy to drop your plants right inside.

Chalkboard Planter
West Elm / $16

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These fun chalkboard planters are a great way to identify plants or label their feeding schedule. These would also be a fun way to get the kids involved with gardening; let them draw some fun pictures on the front of the planters.

Self-Watering Square Planter
Gardener's Supply Company / $10

If, like me, you know that you can’t be trusted to water your plants regularly, try this self-watering planter. Once you fill up the pot’s reservoir, your plants will be able to take in the water whenever they need it, eliminating your everyday watering responsibilities.

Hydrofarm Tote Planter
Wayfair / $27

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These plant "totes" are a great option if you’re looking for a more unique planter for your outdoor patio. Because they're made of a flexible material, they're also great to use if you don’t have a flat surface to work with.

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This basic pot is a great choice if you’re ready to hit the ground running and need a bunch of planters. They’re so inexpensive that you could outfit your whole patio and still not break the bank.

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These gorgeous black and white planters would be a great option if you love a more neutral palette. I’ve recently used these for a couple of projects and I can report that the black looks especially gorgeous against the pops of green from the plants.

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If you have a larger space to fill, you might try using some of these wider raised planters. You could line up several next to each other, or use them to create a border for your own outdoor space. Load up the shelves underneath with more plants for some more garden kapow.

Crescent Hanging Planter
Urban Outfitters / $24

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This delicate planter would be a killer addition to any outdoor space. Its sculptural lines, moon shape and gold color almost make it look like a piece of art.

Honeycomb Planter
AllModern / $40

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Here are some more fab planters for all the color lovers out there. If you’re in need of some taller pots, these bright honeycomb planters are the way to go.

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Use this modern plant stand to create an outdoor living wall. You can use it to create a border for your outdoor space, or line them up against an empty wall for some big impact.

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This rich, jewel-toned pot is a great way to add a pop of color to your outdoor space. Buy a few and create a pretty grouping, or line them up along a wall or ledge for a larger impact.

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Metallic Dinosaur Planter

Make a cute miniature planter using metallic plant and dinosaur figurines.

Make Your Own Book Planter

Turn a vintage book into a one-of-a-kind tabletop planter. All you need: some glue, a craft knife and a desert plant like a succulent or cactus. Get our step-by-step instructions to create your own version.

Photo By: Design by Kyle Schuneman. Reprinted from The First Apartment Book, copyright 2012.

Living, Breathing Art

Make a bigger statement with a temporary living wall. This design for a Philadelphia row home uses a modular product called Woolly Pocket that acts as a natural air freshener and sound dampener. Asparagus fern, English ivy and calathea in reddish and purple tones further soften the edges of this contemporary interior.

Open-Air Terrariums

Create a tiny natural world on your tabletop with these handblown glass terrariums from West Elm. The unfinished metal stand adds a little height and develops a beautiful patina over time.

Photo By: Courtesy of West Elm

Mason-Jar Terrarium

No budget for a new planter? You can turn a basic mason jar into an indoor green space with these simple step-by-step instructions.

Pet Bowl Planter

Colder days mean less time outdoors for your pet, too. Turn an old pet dish into a planter full of safe-to-eat winter greens for your favorite four-legged friend.

Photo By: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Moveable Wall Art

Rearrange your living wall to your heart's content with these magnetic planter boxes from Urbio. How it works: You purchase as many magnetic blocks as you'd like, then stick on durable polypropylene planters equipped with magnets strong enough to hold everything from succulents to leafy ferns. Once you've set up your blocks, you can move the planters to your heart's content.

Green Up Your Desk

If you're not ready for the responsibility of watering a whole wall of plants, you can also tuck one or two bits of low-maintenance green (like this spiky spider plant) into your office space.

Cactus Garden, Y'all

Yee-haw! A basic planter becomes bold when you fill it with a tiny desert landscape studded with angular cacti. Add tiny plastic cowboys and Native Americans for a touch of whimsy.

Photo By: DK - Ready Set Grow! ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Upside-Down Greenery

For apartment dwellers or those short on counter space, meet your new friend: the Sky Planter from Poketo. A locking disc holds the soil and plant in place, while a reservoir system holds enough water to hydrate most plants for two weeks. Use it to grow your own herbs, ferns, orchids or other plants with a small root system.

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Wall-Mounted Metal

Bring your favorite patio plants in for the winter without taking up valuable counter space. These wall-mounted steel rings from Poketo hold standard 4-1/4-inch collared pots found in home and garden stores, or your favorite small vessels. If one of your plants meets an unfortunate fate, use the spare pot to store stray pencils, utensils or odds and ends.

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Simply Geometric

Bring the geometric trend to your garden pot with this sculptural planter from Etsy shop MGMY Studio. Each terra-cotta pot is designed and handmade in the company's studio in Brookyln, N.Y.

Photo By: Courtesy of MGMY Studios

Busts or Bust

Art doesn't have to be serious; these male and female busts from Floral Art double as whimsical planters. Fill them with easy-care mosses or succulents.

Photo By: Courtesy of Floral Art

Hanging Garden Globes

Stock up on these hanging, handblown glass globes from West Elm to create a living focal point in almost any room. Fill with air plants, succulents or moss to create your tiny garden.

Photo By: Courtesy of West Elm

Tree Stump Turned Planter

A tree stump can be at home indoors as a rustic side table, but it can also double as an unexpected planter. Designer Kris Swift drilled holes in the surface of this tree stump, then embedded small succulents on top. The result: A living table!

Photo By: Design by Kris Swift

Simple and Rustic

For a more refined take on the rustic look, fill this burled wood planter from The Phillips Collection with smooth succulents in a variety of hues.

Photo By: Courtesy of The Phillips Collection

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