Fun Planter Ideas That Will Brighten Up Your Indoor Kitchen Garden

By: Kelly Reilly

Pick the perfect pot for growing herbs and greens indoors with these 9 fun picks. Plus find tips for choosing the best container for your space.

With so many pretty kitchen planters out there, it can be difficult to home in on the best ones for your indoor garden. We've rounded up nine of our favorite indoor kitchen planter ideas for herbs and greens, along with suggestions to help you make your selection.

1. Sisters Gulassa Flowerpots, $12-$28

Sisters gulassa

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Add a fresh pop of color to your kitchen with this collection of hand-painted, bold-hued flowerpots. The smallest size is ideal for starting plants from seed, which will take longer to outgrow the vessel than an already-growing seedling.

2. Copper Planter with Hooks, $180

Wall planter

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Let your entryway coatrack double as a container garden with this planter made of on-trend copper. It's well-suited for a kitchen that lacks a sunny windowsill or is otherwise short on space.

3. Ceramic Animal Planter, $24

Animal planters

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These playful animal planters are the perfect way to introduce kids to gardening—or just cause you to crack a smile every time you walk by. Each one is handmade and watertight.

4. Rustic Herb Pot, $12

Herb pot

(Photo: Etsy)

Embrace the modern farmhouse look with these painted and sanded terra-cotta pots. Choose from a list of herbs or submit a request for custom text.

5. Wood Pot Planter, $115

Wood planter

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Arrange rows of terra-cotta pots in a repurposed wine crate for a vintage, rustic look that saves countertop space. Hang it on the wall or even set it on the ground next to a sliding glass door to maximize sun exposure.

6. Kitchen Herb Garden Can 4-Pack, $25

Garden in a can

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Eliminate the guesswork from kitchen gardening with these indoor planters that are as simple as popping the top, adding water and gently mixing in seeds. With the fun designs, you won't even notice it's a can.

7. Galvanized Herb Planters with Round Tray, $40

Herb pot set

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Pot up a centerpiece that doubles as a garden. This heavy-duty galvanized tray set comes with seven different pots for growing all your favorite herbs and greens. It can also be moved outside to give your plants extra rain or sunshine as needed.

8. Lechuza Mini Cube Self-Watering Planter, $15

Self-watering planter

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If you are a frequent traveler, notorious for overwatering, nervous about gardening or just plain forgetful, these self-watering cubes are about to become your new BFF. A wick system delivers just the right amount of moisture to the roots, and an indicator lets you know when it's time to refill the reservoir.

9. Herb Planter with Scissors, $30

Herb planter with scissors

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Perfect for windowsills, ledges and narrow tables, this sleek planter comes with kitchen shears for harvesting fresh herbs on the spot. Fill it with a single type of plant or mix and match.

Tips for Choosing Your Planter

1. Make Sure It's the Right Size

Channel Goldilocks and make sure your kitchen planter is just right. Too-big containers will be difficult to move for cleaning or watering (plus will crowd your surfaces), and too-small containers will only contain fast-growing herbs and greens for a short time.

2. Ensure Proper Drainage

Excess moisture needs somewhere to go, or roots will become waterlogged. Select a container with drainage holes or place a layer of pebbles on the bottom of the pot.

3. Protect the Surface Underneath

Don't let important drainage ruin the surface under your pot. Keep floors, tabletops and woodwork safe by using a container that comes with a saucer or placing a plastic tray underneath. Check regularly to ensure no water is leaking through.

4. Think Outside the Box, er, Pot

Just because something isn't sold as a pot doesn't mean you can't put a plant in it. Repurpose stunning pottery, antique boxes or any other vessels you love. Just make sure your pick has never held any unsafe chemicals and doesn't contain any potentially harmful materials such as lead.

5. Consider Materials

Tried-and-true terra-cotta and clay are attractive, functional choices. The main drawbacks are that water evaporates faster than from plastic pots, and their heft may make moving larger vessels more difficult. Plastic pots are less expensive, lighter-weight and give water more mileage, but if you're concerned about chemicals in plastic you may wish to stick with stoneware.

6. Be Mindful of Your Decor

Your planters will be a focal point in your kitchen, so choose colors, patterns and textures that complement your overall look and feel.

More Kitchen Garden Ideas:

How to Grow Herbs Indoors
Healthy Recipe Ideas for Cooking with Herbs
6 Foolproof Herbs for Gardening Newbies
4 Surprising Ways to Use Herbs
Tips for Growing Lettuce in Containers