Self-Watering Planters That’ll Keep Your Garden Alive

Halfway through brunch a chill runs down your spine. You forgot to water your houseplants. Again. For the fourth day in a row. They’re drooping and suffering while you sip on mimosas. Your poor neglected children. No matter how many calendar reminders you set, you forget. It happens to all of us, but you can make your plants’ lives a little less stressful with one of the best self-watering planters. You only have to fill it once a week, instead of watering a couple of times a week. 

Self-watering planters have empty reservoirs beneath the soil. The soil draws water up into the planter whenever it’s dry, so your roots aren’t sitting in water and getting moldy. They drink when they’re thirsty, essentially. These reservoirs can often hold a week or two of water. They have easy-to-read water indicators, so you can tell exactly how soon it will be before your plant needs a refill. 

We found planters for both inside and outdoors, depending on what kind of garden you’re cultivating. Although the possibility of over-watering your babies is gone, you can still under-water them if you don’t keep the reservoir filled. The planter doesn’t magically fill itself… yet. 

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380L Garden Planter Water Butt Millstone Grit with Tap Kit & Diverter

This 380 Litre Garden Planter Water Butt Millstone Grit with Tap Kit & Diverter will stand proud and tall in your garden. This water butt is a superb rainwater harvesting unit and you can use the water you collect to refresh the plants you're maintaining in the planter above. As well as having two outlets, this water butt is also UV-stabilised, frost-proof and won't lose its shape when full. 

250L Black Slimline Water Butt With Tap & Lid with Stand and Diverter

This 250L Slimline Water Butt from Strata is perfect for smaller gardens due to its space-saving design.
It's made from durable plastic and has a square shape which makes it easy to find a convenient space for it around your garden.
Comes complete with tap, lid, stand and diverter meaning you will have everything needed to start recycling your rainwater and begin reducing your water bills! 

160L Alana Water Butt in Grey Granite

With its unique design and solid capacity, the 160L Alana Water Butt in Grey Granite will stand out in your garden. 
This water butt includes a planter with a planting space of 27cm deep, allowing for gravel or stones at the base of the chamber for drainage if required.
Includes chrome tap and two 3/4" outlets - one for a tap and another for drainage.
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