Authentic giant shells can easily sell for least $500—that’s a lotta clams! This equally impressive handcrafted resin version features a pearlescent interior and is sized just right for holding pretty succulents. Bring it to your favorite florist or nursery to fill to Venus-like perfection.
Giant Clam Shell, $129 at ballarddesigns.com
Add a dash of vintage charm to your garden with this antique-looking wrought iron plant holder. Designed to resemble an old bicycle, it features looped wire baskets that can hold up to six small plants.
Bicycle Planter, $249 at potterybarn.com
Touch of Gray
A hand-sanded glaze gives these modern terracotta planters down-to-earth appeal. Group a few together to create your own gray gardens. Available in two sizes.
Cloud Planters, $29-$49 at westelm.com
How adorable are these sprouting porcelain rainboots? Each petite boot colorfully coordinates with different edible plant: mint, strawberry, basil or chamomile. Soil and seeds included.
Mini Rainboot Gardens, $18 at fredflare.com
Nurture—and jot notes about—your own lush vertical herb garden on this handsome, wall-mounted pine planter frame. Crafted by Amish artisans, it features 10 planting cells, along with a mess-free top irrigator and special tech that allows for even distribution of water. Chalkboard paint finish lets you label your herbs, or simply leave clever comments.
GroVert Wall Planter, $129.95 at williams-sonoma.com
We love the look of these gold and silver distressed terra-cotta pots. The 7-inch tall planters are perfect for growing herbs and other flowering finds, the metallic crackle finish adds a shot of chic shimmer to any windowsill.
Metallic Crackle Herb Pot, $14 at anthropologie.com
This European porcelain washtub from the 1930s has been beautifully reinvented as an herb container. Each one-of-a-kind tub has its own time-earned marks and imperfections, including character-building dings, dents and rust marks. Sizes are a bit variable as you might expect. (Note: most do not have drainage holes.)
Vintage Bathtub with Stand, $249.95 at williams-sonoma.com
Short on windowsill space? Suspend these hand blown, bubbled glass orbs wherever they can catch some rays to create an indoor garden that’s as gorgeous as it is vertical. Available in three sizes.
Hanging Bubble Glass Wall Planters, $16-$34 at westelm.com
Even if you’ve never summered in Nantucket, you’ll still recognize the strong, traditional lines of this planter inspired by New England architecture. We love how it gently curves around the outdoor sill and how its built-in watering system means you get beautiful blooms without a lot of effort.
Nantucket Window Planter, $99-$179 at grandinroad.com
Triple Duty Planters
These eco-crafted bookends double as petite cork planters, proving that sustainability can be both fab and functional. Designed by Nicole Runde for Working Class Studio, these multi-tasking containers also accommodate office supplies and other small knick-knacks.
Cork Planter Bookend Set, $50 at canoeonline.net
Gorgeously textured with a striking crosshatch pattern, this meticulous hand-thrown and hand-carved planter elevates humble terracotta into something truly exceptional. Display an assortment in different sizes for an eye-catching “sculpture” garden. Available in three sizes.
Bataan Planters, $29.95-$129 at crateandbarrel.com
Garden decor usually does a good job blending in. Not so with this ultra fiery, hot pink number. The double bucket design features a wooden handle for easy toting.
Double Bucket Plant Holder, $19 at urbanoutfitters.com
According to ancient Greek mythology, anyone who looked upon Medusa would be turned to stone. Which makes this stone-cast garden planter designed by artist Michael Gentilucci just a tiny bit ironic. Display her chiseled visage indoors or out, in one of three muted hues. Just don't stare too long—you never know.
Medusa Head Planter, $129 at grandinroad.com
Sow some seeds of love! Or friendship. Or whatever. Simply pop open an ingenious PostCarden, add some water, sprinkle the enclosed packet and voila! In less than three days, your city or botanical garden diorama/card will sprout edible garden cress! Enjoy for two long and lush weeks.
Postcardens, $12.50-$24 at uncommongoods.com
Colorful dinosaur planters put the fun in flora. A charming addition to shelves, desktops, tables and wherever else a dose of playfulness is needed, each repurposed toy dino has been primed, painted, sealed and embedded with an easy-care Tillandsia air plant. Available in assorted hues and sizes.
Dino Planters, $17.50-$22 at email@example.com
Birds on a Wire
Create a modern aerial, upside down garden by stringing up a mini trio of ceramic planters in flight. Designed for Boskke in collaboration with London-based creative studio JaguarShoes Collective, each illustrated hanging holder comes with its own ceiling hook, plastic anchor plug and stainless steel wire ceiling extension.
Three Birds Triple Pack, $109 at boskke.com
Vintage Vine Keeper
Let your greenery go wild in this bird cage-inspired design. Ideal for keeping climbing indoor plants contained, the imported metal wire planter comes in two sizes, each complete with a working clasp.
Bird Cage Planter, $98-$158 at shopterrain.com