How to Perfectly Pair Planters and Pedestals

Planters and pedestals look elegant together, as though you’ve worked with a personal designer. If you’re investing in a particularly artistic planter or urn, having that item stand out by placing it on a pedestal can make all the difference. But for those who feel they need a bit of assistance in making the right choice, we thought we’d create this tutorial for you.

There are five different considerations to keep in mind. Here are some tips for each of them along with some photos to help you see what works and what doesn’t.

Style: Traditional or Modern

Traditional pairings of urns on top of formal pedestals is what most people think of when you mention planters and pedestals. It conjures images of formal European gardens or “Great Gatsby” style estates. There are plenty of formal styles to choose from, for certain. But as more modern and contemporary planter styles have come into the market, so have come pedestals to go with them.

So your first, most important consideration when choosing to add a pedestal to a planter or urn, is is to match those two styles together. Classical designs have details that will complement between the two items. If instead you have a modern urn, look for simple and clean lines in the pedestal as well.

Planters and Pedestals
Traditional | Modern

Overall Height: Low or High

This is the second most critical decision. You don’t want your plantings up so high that they can’t be appreciated. Likewise you don’t want them so low to the ground that the beauty of the combination is missed. Take a look at the area you’re placing them. Make note of what the ideal height of both items together would be. Keep that in mind while shopping.

Remember to also consider what you want planted in them. If it is going to be a taller plant then you don’t need a high pedestal. Conversely, if you are looking to plant some sort of drooping vine or flower, then this looks lovely cascading down the front of a wide urn placed on a taller pedestal.

Overall Shape: Balance and Dimension

Next, consider the overall balance. If the urn or planter you’ve chosen is large, you’ll need a wide base to match with it and a substantial pedestal size. When you’re shopping at you can usually see the dimensions of the base of the particular urn or planter. This way you can choose an appropriate pedestal. (But if you’re having any trouble you can always contact our Customer Service team for expert advice!)

Texture: Rustic or Smooth

Now, if you take a look at a close up image of the various cast stone items, you can see that some are smooth and others are textured. Once you notice this detail, it’s important that you naturally match those items up with each other.

New Rustic Smooth Garden-fountains
Left: Rustic, Right: Smooth

Shape: Round or Square

Lastly, is the final consideration is the shape of the pedestal and planter base, if it is round or square. This is really like the classic ‘round peg in a square hole’ sort of question. It’s OK to put a round base planter on a square pedestal, as long as they fit. But you definitely don’t wish to have the corners of a square planter or urn hanging over a round pedestal! Just remember it’s OK to mix as long as they fit and the above considerations are in line.

Planters and Pedestals
Lg. Leaf Urn w/Pedestal

Occasionally you’ll see items that are clearly ‘themed’ and are definitely made to go together. Whenever you have the opportunity to purchase a particular set such as this Large Leaf Urn w/Shell Pedestal,  left, taking advantage of the coordinating pedestal is best.

Now you have a guide to help you choose for yourself, and look as though you had professional help! Garden design with planters and pedestals is a great way to bring artistic flare and focus to your garden areas. You can use them around patios, entryways and pathways in the garden. If you want to see some more styles, we’ve got a few of them pre-selected for you by our expert team at You can check them out here.

Posted by Jean Widner of the Team.