If you’re looking to add character to your space in a fun and unique way, then you may want to consider getting a face planter. These unique pieces of art make great conversation starters while giving your flowers and plants a place to grow. There are a variety to choose from, which is what we are going to discuss in this post. We will look at the best ones for indoor, outdoor, and the types of plants ideal for each one.

What is a face planter?

A face planter is exactly what the name suggests… It is a flower pot-like planter that is made in the form of a head with a prominent face. You can find them small enough to be the centerpiece of a table or big enough to be statue-like outside on your porch or lining your driveway.

The faces also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and looks. From a happy and cheerful face to a sad or droopy face, you can find just about every kind of expression. In addition to face types, some also come in the form of a half-face or on top of short legs. As you’ll see below, they can get pretty eclectic!


What are the best flowers and plants for face planters?

Since the flower and/or plant portion of the planter will act as the planter’s “hair,” you can get pretty creative with how you want it to look. There are many plants to choose from, but here are some of the most sought after plants and looks:

  • Spider plants: gives the appearance of wild hair.
  • Ornamental grass: also gives the appearance of a wild hair do.
  • Succulents: can give the appearance of a very chic and unique updo.
  • Christmas cactus: flowy and colorful.
  • String of pearls: gives a flowy look of pearly (or braided) hair.

The choice of what kind of plant or flower to put in your face planter is totally left up to you and your style. If you don’t quite have the green thumb to keep plants alive, you can always use artificial plants. These are easy to take care of (just give them a good dusting every so often) and you can easily change them out when you’re ready for a new look.

One of the main things to keep in mind if planting real plants is to provide a drainage hole so your plant doesn’t die from being waterlogged. While most planters come with holes or drainage systems, you may need to be prepared to put a few holes in the bottom. This can usually be done by using a small drill bit. Always check with the material of your face planter before drilling holes so you don’t crack it.

How to Plant in a Face Planter

When you take a good look at a face planter, it can seem a bit confusing about how to actually transfer a plant into one. Whether you’re going with a succulent or some other kind of plant, there is an easy way to do it to ensure your plant isn’t disturbed.

Step 1: Soak your pots in water.

Depending on the size of your face planter, you’ll most likely have small pots of plants (typically 2” pots). Place them in a shallow dish filled with water. This will allow the soil to soak up the water from beneath your plant (versus having to pour water over them once planted). When the soil turns dark, that is your indicator that they’re ready.

Step 2: Place a coffee filter in the bottom of your face planter.

If your planter doesn’t have drainage holes, be sure to add a few before placing the coffee filter in the bottom. The coffee filter will keep your soil mix from falling out of the bottom.

Step 3: Fill the planter with potting soil.

When filling your planter with potting soil, leave a dip in the middle for placing the plant and the soil attached to it. Also be careful to not fill the sides with soil. This will prevent soil from washing over once you water your plant.

Step 4: Place empty pots inside the face planter.

This will help give you an idea of if more soil needs to be added. If so, now is the time to do it. Also, it is best to use the empty pots that your plants came in. Fill in the gaps and holes with soil and really pack it in. The soil will settle over time and you’ll want to consider “hair” placement once your plant starts to grow.

Step 5: Remove empty pots and replace them with your plants.

The pots served as a guide, so to speak, for this step, which is when you’ll add your plants into the face planter. The plant should fit snug into the hole created by the pot it was once it. By doing this, you are providing a non-invasive way of transferring your plant from its pot to the face planter.

This method will work for any size planter and with any type of plants you decide to put into your planter.

12 Best Face Planter Ideas

The suggestions below will be broken up into indoor and outdoor options. I’ll also be sure to mention the material as well.

Top Indoor Face Planters

Bossa Linda Head Wall Planter

Bossa Linda Head Wall Planter | 3 Colors Available | Unique Face Planter for Indoor Wall Decor | Planter Pots for Outdoor Plants, Cute Plant Pots, Succulent Cactus Head Planter Pot - Tranquilo Design

Face planters aren’t just meant for tables. You can also find wall face planters like this one. It is made from concrete and has a sturdy metal hanger. This one is unique as you can use it indoors or outdoors. The dimensions are 6.5in tall x 5in wide x 3in deep. The head planter cavity is 5in wide x 5.5in deep. This wall head planter has a concealed drainage hole on the bottom to drain excess water and protect your plant’s roots.

Closed Eyes Head Planter

AIMEBBY Face Flower Pot Head Planter Pot Succulent Planter Cute Resin Cactus Planter with Drainage Hole Closed Eyes

Made of high-quality resin, this durable and lightweight planter is designed for long-term use. You can grow mini cute plants in the head planter, such as herbs, succulents, or cacti. The cute face planter has a drainage hole to drain excess water and protect the plant’s roots. The opening diameter is 3.74 inches with a  bottom length of 2.76 inches and a height of 6.7 inches.

Large Ceramic Head Planter Pot

Ceramic 8 Inch Large Head Planter Pot - Self Watering Face Planter Pot for Plants with Drainage Holes. White Face Vase Planter Head Flower Pot. Dual Use as Head Vase or Face Planter. Fun Gift

This decorative plant pot with a drainage hole system comes in a large size of 8″ high x 6.3″ wide to accommodate a variety of indoor plants comfortably. To ensure ultimate practicality with mess-free utilization, this user-friendly face pot for plants comes armed with a perfectly sized removable plastic inner container with drainage holes and absorbent cotton wick. Simply add water to the base of the face planter, which will then get absorbed up the wick to self-feed thirsty plants without the need of constant watering or messy saucers.

Terracotta Face Planter with Glasses

Face Planters Pots,Terracotta Plant Pot Unglazed Modern Ceramic Human Face Vase Succulent Head Planter Pot Indoor Face vase Clay Bonsai Containers with Drainage Holes /Saucer (5.12 inch-Small)

Made of top-quality clay and baked at high temperatures, this terracotta planter promotes drainage and breathability. It is a cute cartoon abstract head face planter with glasses, which leaves the design of the boy’s hairdo up to your creative touch. The small hole at the bottom allows for easy drainage and cleanup without the need for a tray.

Zen Face of Buddha Face Planter Pot

ART & ARTIFACT Head of a Man Indoor/Outdoor Planter - Handpainted Resin Zen Face of Buddha Flower Pot - Plants Look Like Hair, 9

This resin-made Head-of-a-Man pot features the tranquil expression of a meditating Buddha. Add a houseplant to give this serene-looking gentleman his own hair. The possibilities are endless – long, short, curly, straight, spiky, soft, bursting with flowers, or a single dramatic bloom. It measures about 8″W x 9″H x 7″D.

Ceramic Half-Face Face Planter

GeLive Indoor Ceramic Face Planter Cute Head Succulent Plant Pot Modern Statue Artistic Flower Vase Bonsai Windowsill Box Urn for Home Decoration (Large, White)

Considered a modern unique head plant pot, this planter is half of a head face shape with a minimalism style. It will look great among the “regular” pots. It’s made of top quality porcelain with a smooth, silky finish making it elegant, clean-looking, and decorative all in one. Use it to brighten up any space. Size: 4.3″ x 4.3″ x 3.5″.

Top Outdoor Face Planters

Female Head Design Face Planter

YIKUSH Female Head Design Succulents Plant Pot with Drainage Hole/Cactus Planter Indoor Outdoor Resin Planter, Cute Plants Flower Pot,No Plant

Made of High-quality Resin, this plant pot is lightweight and durable to use. The Planter’s cavity is approximately 4.92″ wide x 4.92″ deep. The whole pot size is 8.67″ height x 6.3″ width x 7.48″ length. The planter is made with a drainage hole that has a removable rubber stopper that meets your demand for directly planting plants in the pot. It also comes with 4 invisible rubber flower pot feet on the bottom of the pot. The wide and sturdy base keeps the head pot steady when you change plants, prune, or water your plants.

Goddess Head Design Face Planter

FOVERN1 Goddess Head Design Succulents Flower Pot, Lady Face Planter Pots with Drainage Hole, Head Planter Pot Succulent Planter Resin Planter for Indoor/Outdoor Plants Home and Garde (Gold)

The exquisite carving makes the image of the goddess come into being. The lady head planter originates from the goddess in ancient Greek mythology. It has the beautiful meaning of bringing good luck and health to people. When you fill it with bright flowers or artificial plants, a totally classy artwork appears. The head planter pot is made of high-quality resin material, which includes environmentally friendly and no peculiar smell, sturdy, and not easy to be deformed.

Tree Face Garden Planter

Bits and Pieces - Tree Face Garden Planter - Durable Polynesian Indoor-Outdoor Urn for Plants - Forest Inspired Whimsical Garden Décor

Add a touch of forest magic with a planter featuring the face of an old man emerging from the stump of a tree. Sculpted of cast polyresin, the wood grain base and bark accents are painstakingly hand painted in realistic detail. It measures 5-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, and comes with a drainage hole.

Funny Expression Head Planter

Head Planter Funny Smile Happy Face Planters Statue, Funny Expression Flower Pot Garden Sculpture Lawn Figurine Ornaments Decoration Indoor Outdoor planters pots (A)

Combines a unique, humorous statue with a functional planter. Hand-painted with a beautiful finish (shades may vary), it is then treated with a weather-resistant UV protectant. Also has a strong cold cast designer resin for years of enjoyment and stable positioning. It is recommended that all outdoor decor and fabrics continue to be treated with to preserve and protect the original appearance from fading, cracking and peeling.

3-Pack Eclectic Face Head Planter

Kelendle 3 Pack Indoor Outdoor Heads Planter Resin Succulent Planter Vase Abstract Statue Planter Urn Home Garden Decor Face Sculpture Office Decoration

The 3 pieces all have combined micro-expressions and exaggerated facial features to create abstract and playful appearances. This also makes them more vivid and lively. Each one has a top with a large opening that allows you to insert different dried or artificial flowers to meet your various creative needs. The unique craftsmanship provides an excellent and smooth touch feeling to effectively prevent your hands from hurting.

The wider and flat base provides good stability to help rest on any smooth surfaces. They are each made of resin, eco-friendly and odorless, lightweight and portable, making them safe and durable to use. The sizes are approximately 6.30 x 4.72 x 3.74 inches; 6.30 x 2.95 x 8.07 inches; 5.51 x 3.15 x 10.43 inches.

Cute Human Head Face Planter

YARNOW Head Face Planter Cute Human Head Face Resin Flowerpot Vase Succulent Cactus Planter for Garden Indoor Outdoor

This charming face planter is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, such as an office, home, garden, kitchen, porch, courtyard, etc. It features a girl shape design, delicate and exquisite, a perfect planter or a home decoration. This cute face planter is made of premium resin material, sturdy, and durable for long-term use.


Buying a face planter to give your space a special touch isn’t hard. All you need to do is go with what you feel drawn to. This is one of those areas where you can truly let your creativity shine through. Some people even like to paint their face planters and decorate them with accessories such as headbands, sunglasses, or face paint (for makeup). The choice is totally up to you. Dedicate a special space for your face planter or fill an entire room, office, or yard with them. They can truly add a unique touch and will definitely become the topics of good discussions.

Start small and build on your stash. Before you know it, you’ll have lots of them. And don’t forget to give them names. If you are on the search for the perfect face planter, use the tips and suggestions above to help you get started.

Organic and Inorganic Mulching for Vegetable Gardening to Get Quality Food

Mulch is the application of organic or inorganic material on the top layer of soil for enhancing the overall growth and development of plants. The use of organic mulches is much more sustainable than inorganic mulches but both mulches have their importance and serve different purposes. This article is focused on the types of mulch, benefits, and management practices to improve plant production on a sustainable basis.

Organic mulch is obtained after decomposition so mulching should be done at least one month before vegetable growing so that good organic matter can be added to the soil for proper decomposition. The decomposition of organic material and activities of soil biota also improves the soil structure, and its physical, chemical, and biological properties.

Although the type of mulching material to be used is dependent on geographical conditions and the type of vegetables to be grown. The size of mulching material to be used must be properly reduced into smaller pieces for easy and effective decomposition. Even though larger materials can also be used for mulching, but the breakdown of larger components requires more time for decomposition and thereby effective results may not be achieved in a short time.

Purpose and Benefits and Mulch

Soil mulching is important for disease control, moisture conservation, soil protection against erosion, nutrient provision to the soil, regulation of soil temperature, weed management, and enhancing the overall looks of vegetable gardens. Gardeners always have a choice to select the best mulch for vegetable gardens according to the soil type and prevailing climatic conditions.

There are numerous benefits of mulching in vegetable gardening and the most significant ones include the following:

Reduced Landfill Waste: The use of organic waste such as wood, pine bark, leaves, twigs, and other wooden products is supposed to end up in landfill sites. The application of these wooden materials to vegetable gardening after proper cleaning and treatment will greatly reduce the burden on landfill sites. Results of scientific studies have shown that about 60% of the wooden material going to the landfills is compostable and its use can help to improve soil fertility and food production.

Improved Soil Fertility and Productivity: About 30% of organic matter must be added to vegetable gardens to improve soil health and fertility. Usually, the soils in many areas are inorganic and cannot sustain the growth and activities of beneficial soil microbes and soil biodiversity. In addition to organic material, compost or mulch helps to feed the soil food web, and in return, the activities of soil biota help to feed the plants. Thereby the need for synthetic fertilizers application is greatly reduced and growers can save a good amount by reducing the fertilization needs.

Suppression of Soil Borne Diseases: Many plant diseases are supported by the soil systems and many of these diseases can easily infect the plants due to foliage contact and interaction with the rooting systems. The splashing action of water during rain or irrigation can cause movement of these pathogens from soil depths to the plant surface or the plant roots and helps pathogens to make easy contact with the plant for infection. The probability of disease development due to this mechanism can be greatly reduced by the mulching in vegetable gardening. Therefore, mulching could reduce the risk of pathogens and disease development for vegetable production.

Suppression of Weeds: Usually the growth of weeds is inevitable in the vegetable gardens but weed emergence and development can be significantly reduced by proper mulching. The mulch cover does not allow the penetration of sunlight to the weed seeds in the soil and thus their germination and growth are suppressed. Moreover, the mulch is applied in the form of a layer and weeds cannot get enough space for emergence. Even if some weeds can manage the germination their further development will be smothered by the mulching layer.

Soil Protection from Erosion and Runoff: Generally, the top layer of soil in vegetable gardens has permeable and soft nature and is greatly prone to losses due to erosion and runoff by the splashing action of rain. Moreover, some areas have crusted soils and such soils can go through losses due to wind erosion. Mulching application in vegetable gardens can greatly protect the soil from losses by the action of wind and water. Therefore, the fertile layer of the soil can be maintained in the vegetable gardens for maximized production.

Regulation of Soil Temperature: Most of the feeder roots of the plants and especially vegetables grow best under the top few inches of the surface soil. The health of these roots is a major concern as they are extremely sensitive to freezing and heating temperatures. The mulching layer plays the buffering action and helps for the temperature regulation of the soil surface and soil profile.

Moisture Retention: Mulching is helpful for moisture conservation in the vegetable garden and helps to minimize water losses due to infiltration, seepage, and evaporation. This encourages the development and good growth of plants under limited water conditions.

Types of Mulch

Based on the composition and elemental profile of the mulch material, mulch is divided into two major types organic and inorganic. Both types of mulches offer numerous benefits to improve the growth and development of vegetables by multiple times. The selection of the right type of mulch according to the type of vegetable to be growing and prevailing environmental and climatic conditions can greatly improve food production and food security throughout the globe.

Organic Mulches

Organic mulching is the addition of natural materials to vegetable gardens and is an inexpensive and cost-effective solution to improve overall growth and production. However, these natural materials will decompose and growers have to reapply the mulch layers. Although organic fertilizers are ideal choices to improve production but can invite mold, slugs, and fungi to the vegetable gardens. So careful management practices are required to reduce the occurrence of slugs, fungi, molds, and certain other diseases.

  • Leaves

The leaves of trees, plants, vegetables, and shrubs are the ideal choice for mulching as these can be easily collected from the yards, streets, parks, and gardens. The collected leaves must be free from contaminants as otherwise, they can pose serious pathogenic threats to the growing vegetables. Although growers have the choice to apply the leaves directly in the garden in the form of the layer their application after proper composting can even produce more benefits. Leaves are rich sources of nutrients and can greatly improve soil fertility and plant nutrition and therefore the need for the application of synthetic chemical fertilizers is reduced.

  • Shredded Paper

This paper has easy and plentiful availability and is the best choice for mulching due to its biodegradability. Generally, soy-based inks are used in the modern age so the use of shredded paper will not cause any health concerns for vegetable consumption. It is a great choice for mulching the plants in the low tunnel or hoop house. This paper can be directly added to the mulch layer on the vegetable garden but its addition to the soil after proper composting can generate multiple benefits.

  • Cocoa Mulch

Hull Farm 50150 Cocoa Bean Shell Mulch, 2 Cubic Feet

Cocoa beans and cocoa shells are important mulching materials but only a little portion of coca mulch should be mixed with the other mulching material. Usually, coca mulches are treated with certain chemicals and can cause potential risks to the soil biodiversity, beneficial insects, and pets.

  • Grass Clippings

Grass clippings are easy to use and free mulching material and can be easily applied in the form of a layer. However, the use of fresh grass cutting should be avoided for mulching as it can cause fungal development and disease emergence.

  • Pine Straw

USA Premium Pine Straw - Pine Needle Mulch - Covers 65-80 Sqft

Pine straw is a commonly used mulching material in many parts of the world as it has a stable structure and its breakdown is slow. It has acidic nature, but its application as mulching material will not affect the pH of vegetable gardening soil. However, the spreading of this material is difficult and requires good skills for effective application and better results.

  • Straw or Hay

Blue Mountain Hay 100% Organic Garden Straw Mulch (5 lb.) for Raised Bed Gardens, Yard Landscaping, New Lawn Grass Seed Plantings, Tomato and Vegetable Compost & Fertilizer (Covers up to 75 sq. ft.)

These materials are most widely used as mulch as they are easily available in gardening centers, farm suppliers, and home improvement stores. Both straw and hay are easy to spread in the vegetable garden and greatly improve the overall looks of landscapes. Straw is obtained from the grain crops and the stalk of a grain crop is used for making the mulch. Seed heads of grain crops are not used for making straw and therefore they can be easily decomposed and thereby help to improve the soil quality of vegetable gardens.

Whereas hay is obtained from the grasses such as bluegrass and fescue and often contains seed heads. It is important to ensure that there has been no application of synthetic chemicals on the grasses as otherwise, it can cause negative influences after mulching.

  • Garden Compost

Compost produced by using food waste, manure, gardening products, and other organic materials could be used for mulching the vegetable gardens. Compost should be well cooked and must be free from contaminants as otherwise, it can enhance the probability of food-borne pathogens. Compost is a slow-release but consistent source of nutrients and acts as an insulation layer to protect the soil against temperature stress and drought conditions. The layers of compost can also be added along with other types of organic and inorganic mulches.

  • Wooden Chips and Tree Bark

Pine Bark Mulch, 100% Natural Pine Bark Mulch, House Plant Cover Mulch, Potting Media, and More (4qt)

Wooden chips and barks and commonly used and popular type of mulching materials because they are inexpensive and are most efficient than other types of mulching materials. These are byproducts obtained from the lumber industry and are sold in packaging after drying. They are dyed in different colors and growers can select the best possible color as per their personal preferences. However, it is important to check the type of color and safety profile of dyed materials before purchasing and direct application to the vegetable gardens.

Inorganic Mulches

Inorganic mulches are manmade materials and are used to cover the soil for protection against erosion, weed control, and temperature regulation. The decomposition rates of inorganic mulches are slower and therefore they stay for longer times. Initial installation of inorganic mulches is a costly process, but they produce more cost-effective results as there are no requirements for re-topping or reapplication. However, the biggest disadvantage of using inorganic mulches is that there is no addition of nutrients due to decomposition. Furthermore, improper management and installation can completely prevent the entry of nutrients into growing soil.

  • Black Plastic

Grower's Solution Black Plastic Mulch 4ft. X 100ft. 1.0 Mil Embossed

The addition of a black layer on the topsoil of the vegetable garden helps to reduce the growth of weeds. However, long-term exposure to sunlight can cause its breakdown into smaller pieces. Moreover, it also helps to increase soil temperature and therefore is an ideal choice to grow vegetables in the winter season and cold areas. Application of organic mulch on the black plastic layer is highly recommended to avoid overheating.

  • Landscape Fabric

Ohuhu Landscape Fabric Weed Barrier Fabric, 3' x 50' Dual-Layer Premium 5oz Garden Landscaping Fabric, Durable & Heavy-Duty Weed Block Gardening Mat, Weed Control Ground Cover for Flower Bed, Mulch

Landscape fabric is essentially helpful to reduce the emergence and growth of weeds. It is a great option in areas having abundant gravels and rocks as it helps to keep them away from the delicate roots of growing vegetables. Moreover, it allows easier removal of gravels and rocks and allows proper decomposition and mixing of organic mulches and compost lying underneath it.

  • Stones and Gravels

Vuba Easihold Resin Binder for Gravel, Stones, Mulch & Bark - Non Toxic, High Strength, Permeable (169.07 us fl oz)

Stones and gravels are excellent mulches for the areas where good drainage and additional heat are required for growing plants. Although it is difficult to spread a balanced layer of stones and gravels on the topsoil in vegetable gardens, once it is done it can offer numerous benefits. Decorative stones and rock mulches can also be used for improving the overall looks of growing spaces and vegetable gardens. However, rock and gravel mulching does not add nutrients to the soil, and therefore organic and inorganic fertilizers must be applied to improve the soil fertility levels and plant production.

  • Rubber or Plastic Mulches

Rubberific Mulch RM16RW Rubber Mulch, Redwood

Chips of rubber and plastic are easily available in the markets and their balanced and controlled application is essentially helpful to improve the soil temperature in cold areas. Moreover, it also helps to reduce the chances of disease growth and development. Therefore, inorganic mulches are also helpful to reduce the burden of dangerous synthetic chemicals. Usually, the rubber mulches are made from recycled and ground tires and the use of recycled materials is always a plus point to achieve sustainability. Rubber mulches are available in different colors and can be used to enhance the looks of vegetable gardens. However, there are some concerns about the toxicity of rubber materials for vegetable garden mulching.

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