Concrete is undoubtedly raw and uncompromising, finding itself consistently over the years to be a love it or hate it material, and the work to preserve and list many post-war modernist buildings has sparked strong debate. But when set against the greenery of nature, the juxtaposition creates something more beautiful than the sum of its parts. Yes, concrete is beautiful and I will challenge you to a duel if you disagree. On a much smaller scale, a concrete planter is a perfect example of this and enables us to indulge the look in our own environment. Which speaks strongly to my lack-of-garden self.

If like me you’re also not particularly green-fingered and manage to kill even the most deceptively simple houseplants, hardy succulents are the way to go. They look fantastic sitting snugly in their little grey beds, working anywhere from the bathroom to the kitchen and even the dressing table if you choose one of the dinky ones.

Those who do have outdoor space can go bigger and lusher with large pots or more statement architectural pieces.

With its rise in popularity, smaller producers are working with concrete and it’s easy to find great examples on Etsy or Not On The High Street at affordable prices. Get that Barbican look at home with these beauties:



Clockwise from top: Round Sphere Concrete Planter (plant included), £15.95 Ok Concrete; Set of Three Concrete + Copper Planters, £20.50 PASiNGA; Pastel Colour Dipped Planters, £16 SORT London; Nuclear Planter T2 (inspired by the Didcot cooling towers), £95 Beut.

Header image: Large Outdoor Planter, Beut £250.