By artist/designer/musician Mikie Poland, Plants Are Nice is an ode to flora and growth. Across 22 pages, readers will find drawings of plants, various doodles and sketches, notes and more. Ultimately, it’s a sweet zine about “appreciating plant time.”

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Limited to 200, this hemp set by Back To The Roots includes everything you need to pot, plant and grow your own hemp—though it shouldn’t be used commercially or industrially. The kit features a handy informational booklet, organic and non-GMO seeds, as well as soil and five pots. Since the passing of the USA’s farm bill, industrial hemp cultivation is legal and fruitful—and this at-home kit is an easy way to get in on the fun.

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Menu Wire Pot and Oil Lamp Planters

$35

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From Danish designers Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, these minimal wire frames comes in three different sizes—with three different top options. The simple but dynamic base can be completed as an oil lamp, a planter or a marble tabletop. This outdoor sets also allows for customized arrangements (if you buy one of each).

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Hydropod Gardening Set

$25

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Made for desks, window sills and other small spaces, the Hydropod by Brooklyn-based W&P is a five-piece hydroponic planter set made for at-home soil-free farming. The process leaves a significantly smaller footprint—using a nutrient water solvent as a food source. Made from plastic and frosted glass, the subtle design will offer a pop of color once your herbs start to bloom.

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Bubble Knob Bud Vase

$45

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Handmade for 31 Bits by Madé—an artisan who specializes in hand-thrown ceramics and glazing—this vase has been glazed with actual sand from Bali beaches. Measuring just a few inches, a small posey will fit, but it works just as well on its own as a design piece. Because of their handmade nature, no two vases are exactly the same.

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Available in three sizes, these self-watering pots make sure your plants are getting just the right amount of water—even when you’re not around. Simply fill the reservoir beneath the terra cotta planter with water, and your plants can access it as they need; absorbing it through the permeable material. Brilliant for those heading out of town, or notorious plant-killers.

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Sort & Go Waste Bin

$21

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This simple design from Brabantia accommodates countertop waste and compost in a modern and discreet way. Topping out at six liters, the bin can be mixed, matched and combined with others in their line to create an organized system. It can also be wall-mounted or easily carried with its handle.

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Designed for soil-free use, this hydroponic smart garden from Plantui can grow up to six plants at a time with autonomy and ease. The 18 lights tucked into the device’s lid fuel the plants’ germination and growth all year. The only work to be done is to add water to the chamber and adjust the lamp’s height as the plants grow. From first breach to full-grown plant, the process takes about six weeks.

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Recommended for kids ages six and up, this set is comprised of 21 pieces (one pond and two river pieces included) and lets anyone become a landscape architect. You can dream up the ideal park, create an innovative green space or replicate your favorite one, and the best part is you can change it whenever you like.

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Available in five colorways and two different sizes, this hanging planter is handmade by Brooklyn’s Closed Mondays. A more sophisticated take on the oftentimes kitsch macramé version, this elegant iteration is made entirely of rope.

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Everything needed to create a mini herb garden comes in this set from Potting Shed Creations. That includes a recycled US steel box, soil, organic seeds and instructions. An ideal gift for green thumbs and cooks, this window box—if tended with care—will result in fresh and aromatic basil, chives and oregano.

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“In The Garden” Candle

$20

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Oh, James candles are made from non-GMO, natural soy and feature a 100% cotton wick. The scents are formulated using natural fragrances and essential oils—all inspired by certain places. This one, called “In The Garden,” conjures up ripe tomatoes and fresh mint. The candle promises some 35 to 40 hours of burn-time—and a house scented like a fresh garden. Price is in Pounds.

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Inspired by Lewis Miller’s Floral Flash that draped the Central Park statue of Alice in Wonderland in a floral boa, this Urban Stems bouquet uses roses, ranunculus, and raffine dianthus to create a combination of flowers that’s just as whimsical and bold. A portion of proceeds from this bouquet go to ProjectArt—an NYC program that offers free after-school, youth-focused art classes and studio space for emerging artists.

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Philodendron in Dolores Planter

$35

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The Sill—which now has a brick and mortar destination—offers affordable plants that come with simple guides on keeping them alive. These plant care sheets include information on watering schedules, sun exposure and humidity. This Philodendron in a small Dolores planter comes with lava rocks at the bottom (for drainage) and needs to be watered weekly. If you’re skeptical, The Sill guarantees their plants will stay alive for up to a year.

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This brass Victorian-style mist-sprayer can hold 300ml of water and is notably more sophisticated than the various plastic versions available. Over time, the brass will also develop a patina, adding further character. As many green thumbs know, not all plants want to be misted (also keep in mind humidity, seasons and more) so while it’s a useful tool, it’s not for everybody in your plant family.  

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