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Indoor Gardening

for green (and black) thumbs

When cold and gloom descend, nothing brings better relief than inviting the botanical kingdom indoors. And we're not talking about those dusty dentist office fichus trees. Instead, look to exuberant flowers and exotic sculptural plants that make everything look better—and remind us of what's coming next spring. Intrepid gardener CYNTHIA KLING reports.

tools

Totally display-worthy, these helpful gadgets make puttering around inside all the more glamorous.

Trowel and Fork Watering Can Fertilizer Galileo's Thermometer Gloves Sprayer 1 2 3 4 5 6

Iconic British textile designer Celia Birtwell did these sweet aluminum hand tools.

Made from recycled plastic, this watering can has great modernist lines.

A rock star among rose cultivators, Monty invented his Joy Juice, a natural elixir, that gardeners swear by.

As the liquids cool in this 17-inch cylinder, the orbs fall to indicate the indoor temperature. It's a great gift, if you can stop staring at it.

These opera-length gloves in hot colors will keep nails neat, plus they pinch-hit to perk up an outfit.

Desert-like home? Mist your plants with this delicate sprayer.

containers
and pots

First rule of mastering indoor gardening: Ditch the plastic pot that the plant arrived in.

Round Pots Classic Planter Grey Fiberglass Box Fluted Pots Black Shiny Square Box 1 2 3 4 5

These fat, happy pots come in great colors— even better, they have a drainage hole and attached saucer to protect surfaces.

Inspired by an 18-century English loving cup, this automatically makes any plant look posh.

This is perfect for the greige look. Made of fiberglass, it will never chip.

This clay pot comes filled with succulents, so you don't have to lift a finger to make it look good.

German minimalism at its best: Imagine filling this with huge white amaryllis.

bulbs for forcing

Don't know what forcing is? No bother: It's fancy gardening speak for flowering plants that emerge from a bulb. These require patience—it usually takes about 15-16 weeks for them to bloom.

Paperwhites Amaryllis Black River Rocks Glass Planters Hyacinths 1 2 3 4 5

These delicate daffodil cousins will throw up fragrant, snow-white flowers in about 4 to 6 weeks.

Nothing is easier to grow and these pow-wow blooms makes them irresistible.

Every bulb looks chic and tidy tucked into black river rocks.

If you plant your bulbs in a transparent container, you can watch the whole process: It's almost like an art project.

Incredibly fragrant, hyacinths need to be cooled in the fridge before you plant them, but their perfume and wonderful mix of colors makes them totally worth it.

 

plants

These guys are hard-to-kill, which make them ideal for novice gardeners.

Succulents Cactus Lavender Geranium Begonia Tree 1 2 3 4 5 6

These blue-green succulents are so sculptural, you'll just want to touch them.

The Night Blooming Cereus is an orchid cactus—which makes it both fragrant and easy to grow.

Who can resist? Living lavender in a lovely, re-usable pot.

The blooming Rose Scented geranium is great for potpourri and rose cake. Tweak the mossy leaves for a hint of scent.

Velvety chartreuse leaves, veined with chocolate green, and an op-art design make it clear why this easy-to-grow plant is so beguiling.

There is nothing quite like picking your own limes for your gin and tonics.

terrariums

Like a cool little world, terrariums make any table top look infinitely cooler (plus, there are varieties you can hang, or mount on the wall).

Guide Domed Bubble Bottle 1 2 3 4

This details everything you need to know to make a DIY terrarium.

Elegantly designed and very Charles Darwin, these glass- domed-terrariums are easy to plant up because the cloches come off.

Recycled glass bubble wall terrariums are much more interesting than ho-hum sconces.

A tiny landscape in a 6 inch tall bottle is the perfect hit of green— plus, it comes in its own kit made by two Brooklyn girls.

 

faking it

You don't have to know how to work pruning shears to introduce some garden elements to your home. There are plenty of beautiful short-cuts out there (i.e., a simple vase for your flowers, or some you picked up from the deli on your way home).

Vases Polka Dot Beaker Moroccan Glasses Marimekko Andy Warhol Prints Linens Toile Poofs Kitchen Jar 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Internationally acclaimed potter Frances
   Palmer created these softly colored
      vases specifically for her love of
        flowers—in turn, they make every
        bloom look great.

This melamine cup would look great anywhere—with or without flowers. Check out the purple interior.

Turquoise tea glasses are a perfect way to set off individual stems. Group three at the center of the table for boho chic.

Isn't it obvious why this happy print has been a best-seller since the 60s? Throw it over any small table.

Warhol said "Everybody Must Have a Fantasy." An original of his huge blue daisy is ours.

Who wouldn't wake up happy covered in flowers designed by Lilly Pulitzer, the doyenne of happy blooms?

Forget leather, this is like sitting in a field of fantastic blue bamboo.

Could there be anything cuter? It pops a hit of color and it's fullyfunctional.

 
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