Plants

Click & Grow Smartpot

Thanks to this electronic Click & Grow smartpot, if you’ve no green thumb, you don’t have to give up on indoor plants completely. There’s no daily watering and no fertilizing, you just start the kit by adding batteries and 1 liter of water and then sit back and wait for the smart technology to do its job. You’ll need to refill the water reservoir after a month or two, but that’s the minimal maintenance needed. Watch the video below for reassurance. Starter kits are $60 and refills are $20.
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Price: $59.99
Available from: Click & Grow

Pill Terrarium

Need a mid-sized terrarium? This modern pill-shaped terrarium by Chive will blend easily with modern interiors. It’s a pretty decent size as well: 14″ high by 9″ diameter. If you’re fond of small pod-like vases and such, be sure to check out Chive’s other offerings.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Chive

Socker Greenhouse

Hey, IKEA, nice job. For $20, a lot of us could do much worse, and even though it’s not available online (possible glass breakage during shipment?), it’s completely worth checking out if your plants need some tender loving care. The roof vents allow air to circulate as needed, and with any luck, your thumbs will start to look a little greener.

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Price: $19.99
Available from: IKEA

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The Flower Chain

It’s a flower chain: a 5 foot long chain of loops to hold small pots of plants and flowers. Could be a great fit for small spaces where a little greenery is needed, don’t you think? With a little elbow grease and a sewing machine, you might be able to whip up one of these yourself, but for those of you that don’t have either, luckily you can purchase however many you want. And, if you’d like a bigger version, sit tight; an 8 foot long version that holds bigger pots will be available next spring.
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Price: $20.00 and up
Available from: The Flower Chain

Urbio Big Happy Family

Last year we featured this as a Kickstarter project, and now it’s available for sale directly through Urbio’s online shop (hurray!). The polypropylene pots are magnetically held to modular wall plates, allowing various rearranging to fit your needs. As you can see from the photos, use the vessels for plants, office supplies, or whatever else that needs organization.
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Price: $8.00 - 175.00
Available from: Urbio

Terracotta Planters

Maybe you’re too lazy to lug back heavy planters from your local plant nursery. Or, even worse, maybe you’ve gone there only to find that they don’t have quite the right thing. Well, it’s your lucky day, as these planters are perfect- square, plain terracotta, for pretty good prices (+$5 flat fee shipping). Note: the tallest is 22″h, so they’re not huge, but they are good sizes for medium plants.

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Price: $14.95 - 29.95
Available from: CB2

Pony Planters

Despite this planter feeling a little or a lot like an elongated tin can, it offers a great versatile option for adding greenery to your porch, patio or balcony. Stack the large and small planters as you wish to fit your space perfectly, or space them apart to add spots of color to a larger outdoor area.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Micro-Green Kits

If you’re not incredibly gifted with gardening, these kits might be your sort of thing. The recycled steel box contains two full crops of seeds, a soilless growing medium, a bamboo lid, and, of course, directions. Your salad-ready, USDA-certified organic sprouts will be ready for harvesting in around 7-14 days. Not to encourage failure, but the container might be useful for other organizational purposes if you decide to put an end to your windowsill garden. You have your choice between a Spice or Veggie Kit (see below for details).

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Price: $40.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Sculptural Cork Container

Seeing as it’s about time to get out the garden tools, these cork containers could be something to add to your shopping list. Potted plants are oh-so-necessary for small patios and balconies, not to mention the indoor territory, but it’s often hard to find pots that fit within the modern aesthetic… that don’t cost an arm and a leg, that is. Now, if you should choose these cork containers, you’d not need to worry one bit, as they’re a natural material, and they would blend right in with their surroundings. It should also be noted they’d do just fine as a storage container as well.
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Price: $60.00 - 275.00
Available from: Bitters Co.

BLUEiQ Miniature Ecosystem

So, if you like the idea of having a little ecosystem to look at in your home/office/classroom/etc, but don’t want to dedicate a whole lot of time, this might be for you. The BLUEiQ has options- you choose which rocks, plants, livestock (shrimp/snails), then just follow the instructions once it all arrives and you’ll have a miniature ecosystem that requires little upkeep- just top up the water when it evaporates.
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Price: $79.00
Available from: BLUEiQ

Dodecahedron and Cube Terrarium

Just when you thought you’d be sick of terrariums, these two beauties pop up. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Geometric Terrariums posted a while back are from Score + Solder as well, as they look identical, so if you want to take in the whole collection I’d recommend starting there.
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Price: $110.00 - 160.00
Available from: Old Faithful Shop

EcoSphere

This might be the best gift ever, unless the recipient is extremely clumsy. It’s a whole ecosystem completely enclosed in handblown glass. With sufficient light and a comfortable room temperature, the shrimp, algae and microbes will coexist peacefully in their own little world without any help. Plus, when the life span of 2 to 3 years is up (some have lived up to 10 years), each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy.

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Price: $54.95 - 395.00

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Available from: Ecosphere on Amazon

Eserro Mobile Garden365

Remember the Food Map Containers? This is quite similar, as it gives you an option for a mobile garden. It’s 23.5″ wide and 39″ long (and 7″ deep), so there’s quite a bit of space to plant a variety of kitchen vegetables and herbs, if that’s your thing. Just wheel it out of the way when more patio space is needed, or indoors when winter begins.
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Price: $224.99
Available from: Amazon

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Moss Terrarium Bottle

It really can’t get much simpler than this: all the upkeep needed for this moss to stay green is a few sprays of a water bottle. For anyone less than handy when it comes to plants, this just might be your ticket to having a nice little ecosystem, as everything you need is included (bottle, moss, soil, chopstick tools, recycled glass drainage materials) and assembly is pretty easy (see assembly pdf). Might also be a nice gift for a friend/coworker, perhaps?

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Price: $38.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Herb pot

This faceted Terracotta pot by Nick Fraser needs to make its way stateside. Normal cylindrical pots are decidedly boring compared to it; plus, a few special herbs on your windowsill might deserve a fancier frock. Comes with a drainage tray.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £28.00
Available from: Theo