It's lovely to get out in the garden in the summertime, when everything's growing like mad. But flat and apartment dwellers needn't despair - even if you live 5 floors up you can still enjoy a little bit of nature indoors. Whether you've got a balcony, a window-box, or even just a sunny windowsill, there are some really stylish containers out there for house-plants. Here are five of my favourites from independent designers:
Are you always going on holiday and returning to half-dead plants? There's an ingenious secret to this planter from Joey Roth - it's self-watering. A central chamber holds half a litre of water, then there's a circle of soil round the outside. The whole thing is made from unglazed earthenware which is naturally porous, so water gradually soaks through to the plants. It's $45 dollars and is available for pre-order at the moment.
I love this Coracle Stoneware planter from wonkipots on folksy.com. It's perfect for displaying succulent plants. At just £10.50 each, you could buy a few and line them up along a windowsill.
This could be pretty spectacular in the right space - your own miniature living wall, which comes pre-planted and ready to hang from nevastarr on Etsy, at $114.95. According to the description it's very low maintenance and 'great for negligent owners'.
Finally, here's another self-watering plant pot, this time with an unusual edge. Yes, that is an IV drip for your plants. Made by Vitamin, it costs £159.50. Definitely a conversation starter.