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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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Price: £28.00
Available from: Theo

Florafelt Vertical Planter

Still looking for a vertical garden solution? This system from Florafelt looks super easy to use and has a decent price tag. It’s made from 100% recycled PET plastic felt attached to a rigid plastic panel and you can mount the whole thing to a wall or hang from mounting tabs. The Full 4-Pocket Vertical Planter ($44) is shown above, but other larger sizes are available as well. Check out the Living Wall Kits if you’re interested in a watering system.


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Price: $44.00
Available from: Plants On Walls

Bloccon Watering Can

Check out this small plastic Bloccon (“block” + “icon”) watering can by designer Kazuya Washio. A little Lego-ish, isn’t it? It’s pretty small (350ml), so keep in mind it’s appropriate for house plants rather than a large garden.


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Price: AU19.95
Available from: make Designed Objects

Glass Greenhouse

Despite the recent terrarium craze, I still haven’t created or bought one for my own home. This rather affordable easy-on-the-eyes greenhouse is tempting me to finally write it into my to-do list this weekend. It’s nice that it’s so simple and spare, as that allows for the plants to be the main focal point.

Small: 9″sq. x 18″h. $49.00
Large: 24″w x 13″d x 20″h. $169.00

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Price: $49.00 - 169.00
Available from: West Elm

Shift Design Planters

If you’re in the market for some sharp looking planters, take a look at these stainless steel ones by Shift Design. The window box is available in a 24″ or 30″ width, while the two tiered Cedar Herb Garden is perfect for (you guessed it) herbs. And, if you want to go all out and cover a wall with plants in stainless steel, there’s a living wall unit that you can line up side by side as your budget allows. See below for details.

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Price: $120.00 and up
Available from: HORNE

Sale: Planterworx Sculptural Metal Planters

Whoa, Planterworx Planters are on sale (30%-37% off) at today. I actually bought one of these after posting it (Element Planter) and I certainly think it’s worth every penny. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s the invite.


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Price: $99.00 and up
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Knoppig Planter

I’m loving the new planters from Ikea with the tiny price tag.

Glazed; makes the plant pot waterproof.
Note: It looks like you might have to make a trip to the store to purchase.

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Price: $4.99 - $7.99
Available from: Ikea

Geometric Terrariums from Assembly New York

Just how great are these terrariums from Assembly New York? A geometric take is certainly refreshing compared to more antiquated versions. Prices start at $134 and go upwards to $340 depending on size. Each is one of kind as they are hand welded, and there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of stock, fyi.

Hand welded metal and glass terrariums.


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Price: $134.00
Available from: Assembly New York

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Plant Label Stakes

Stocking stuffer alert! These poplar stakes would be a perfect little gift for someone with a green thumb.

From French designers JF Dingjian and Eloi Chafai of Normal Studio, created for the design collective ENO.


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Price: $14.00
Available from: A+R Store

Element Planter

How’s this for a nice pairing with the Oblique Shelf? These modular contemporary planters have just now been made available to the public and are available in different sizes and finishes for indoors or out. Each planter is built by hand and made from recycled material. Take a look below for more pics and colors (pink!).


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Price: $157.00 and up
Availability: Buy Element Planter here

Paige Russell + Fossil Planter

Check out this stoneware planter from Paige Russell. Fossil asked four artists to create an original piece of artwork that illustrates the Fossil motto/slogan ‘Long Live Vintage’. Inspired by the Eames Lounge Chair, this planter by Paige is my absolute favorite.

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Price: $50.00
Available from: Fossil

Edible Greens Kit

If you’d like to try your hand at growing some greens but lack the motivation to get all the supplies yourself, take a look at this kit from Star Apple Edible Gardens in Oakland, CA. Each kit has organic potting soil, organic mixed heirloom salad green seeds and organic fertilizer, all in a salvaged wine crate with drainage holes.

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Price: $49.00
Available from: Rare Device