Best Bet: Early Bloomers


Spring is the time of year when we feel a tinge of envy for those with a yard; it's around the same time our non-Manhattan-bound friends start bragging about their gardens and newfound appreciation for Michael Pollan. We've always been satisfied with mooching off the closest Greenmarket, but these stoneware planters may inspire us to rouse our own latent green thumbs. The sturdy pots make pretty vessels for fresh herbs or flowers, and the vintage floral prints brighten any barren windowsill or gloomy fire escape.

Stoneware planters, $35 to $55 at ABC Carpet & Home or online.