Message Beans

While I’m a bit in wonder as to what the text actually looks like, it seems like a particularly good way to say something ordinary in a unique way.

“go way beyond greeting cards with these unique plants.
so what is a message bean? it’s an ordinary bean, carefully laser etched in such a way that when the bean germinates and sprouts into a small plant ( this usually takes 1 – 2 weeks ), the bean itself will read ‘happy birthday’ or ‘thank you’. each bean comes ready to grow in it’s own canister, which doubles as a planter ( although you could re-plant it anywhere you like ). it includes soil as well, so all you have to do is add water. the end result is a very affordable ‘card’ that won’t soon be forgotten by anyone who receives it.”

‘happy birthday’ and ‘thank you’ available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.50
Availability: Buy Message Beans here

Planters (earthenware)

These planters are such a nice price (comparably) for decently modernish design.

“Simple, modern earthenware forms need no embellishment outside of a cultivar orchid green or a neutral prairie-style brown. Dipped inside/out glaze seals it 100% waterproof so plants can go saucer-less.”

Waterproof; no drainage hole
Use indoors or outdoors
Earthenware with a dipped glaze

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Availability: Buy Planters (earthenware) here

Twist & Spout

I saw this a while ago in someone’s coverage of the Milan Housewares Fair, and I recently ran across it on a retail site where it’s available to purchase. It’s a great simple design that makes use of all those plastic bottles…

“Twist & Spout fits virtually any soda or water bottle with a screw-on cap. Use the Garden style to create an instant watering can. Use the Kitchen style to make those big two-liter soda bottles easy to handle…”

Garden spouts are available individually in blue and green or as a set containing
1 blue and 1 green. (6.5″ spout)

Kitchen spouts are available individually in pink and orange or as a set containing
1 pink and 1 orange. (3.5″ spout)

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.99
Availability: Buy Twist & Spout here

Rectangle Planters

I know I’ve maybe posted the square planters from Sprout Home before, but I thought these rectangular ones deserve mentioning. You know, for you rectangular-type gardeners.

Available in Dark Green, Black, or White
Ceramic, no drain holes

5″ h x 5″ x 12″

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.50
Availability: Buy Rectangle Planters here

Bonsai Tree in a Can

For any aspiring gardener, this little aluminum can holds the seeds to a new hobby. Or maybe you know a windowsill that needs a little nature? If you’re afraid of bonsai upkeep, you can take your pick of other plants too…

Aluminum can, black sand soil, bonsai black pine seeds.

3.5″ diameter x 1.25″ tall

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Bonsai Tree in a Can here

Black Ceramic Planters

I don’t know how many of you are re-potting plants in November, but these ceramic planters are too good to not post. Simplicity is sometimes so hard to find…

(No drain holes.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.50
Availability: Buy Black Ceramic Planters here


So cute! You crack the egg open, add a little water, and before you know it you’ve got a little garden.
The ‘egg’ is made of white porous ceramic with fortified peat mixture enclosed, and each comes with a terra cotta tray and seed pack. After 4 or 5 months, it’s recommended that you plant them directly in soil (instructions enclosed).

Choose between Lobelia, Phlox, Thyme, Basil

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.95
Availability: Buy Eggling here

Balso Plant Pot

These new planters from Ikea are nice.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.99 - 34.99
Available from: IKEA