ISSUE 11  |  In The Clover

10 Easy Pieces: Galvanized Trough Planters

March 19, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Can you name one potted plant that wouldn’t look great peeking over the edge of a galvanized metal trough? Me either.

And let us not forget this is the sort of planter that improves with age. Sturdy, rust-resistant, and long-suffering, a galvanized planter develops a soft gray patina–the perfect foil for all shades of green leaves. We’ve rounded up ten of our favorite galvanized metal trough planters:

Above: Dating from the 1920s through the 1940s, these Vintage Galvanized Bathtub Planters originally were used as laundry washtubs. Each one-of-a-kind tub (salvaged from Central Europe) is approximately 32 inches long; $149.95 apiece from Williams-Sonoma.


Above: A 30-inch-long Galvanized Metal Planter Box is 9 inches high. Made of iron, it’s rust resistant; $59 from Pottery Barn.

Above: Made of 24-gauge steel, a 48-inch-long Galvanized Trough Planter has a slim profile at only 5 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, it’s $128 from Terrain.

Above: A Galvanized Steel Balcony Box has two drainage holes and vertical grooves for added stability against wind. Available in two lengths, 69.5 and 89.5 centimeters, prices range from 25.5€ to 37€ from Manufactum.


Above: Embossed with a filigree pattern, a Galvanized Window Trough is available in two lengths, 70 and 76.5 centimeters, at prices ranging from £19.99 to £24.99 from Crocus.

Above: An Oscar Rectangular Metal Rail Planter measures 23.75 inches long and hooks over a balcony railing; it is $21.95 from CB2.

Above: Available in three sizes–at lengths including 40, 60, and 80 centimeters–a weather-resistant Trough Planter in Galvanised steel is available for from £16.50 to £20 from Garden Trading Company.

Above: An Oblong Galvanized Tub with metal handles has a pressed steel bottom and a capacity to hold 3.75 gallons; it is $14 from Amazon.

Above: A Galvanized Oval Planter has a lip, folded over, of grainy metal; it measures 20 inches long by 6 inches deep and 7.5 inches high and is $45 from Bliss Home.

Above: For indoor use only, a windowsill Galvanized Planter with metal handles measures 11 inches long by 4.5 inches deep and 3.75 inches high; is $7.99 from Target.

And then there are gigantic galvanized troughs you can use as bathtubs. See Outdoors: Galvanized Tubs on Remodelista.

Thinking about spring window boxes? See our favorites at 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Window Boxes and 10 Easy Pieces: Metal Window Boxes.