Your Easiest-Ever Garden: 7 Planters That Do All the Work

Worried that your thumb is a little more brown than green? A supersmart self-sufficient pot—say, one that waters itself or comes hooked up to a grow light—may be your best friend. Try implementing a few of these hands-off planters that make growing an indoor garden easy and rewarding.

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  1. Boskke Sky Planter


    Talk about a space-saver! Free up a shelf by turning any plant on its head and suspending it with Sky Planter from Boskke. Its Slo-Flo irrigation system minimizes moisture loss and evaporation, meaning less watering—and work—for you. Available on Amazon; $30 (medium).

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  2. The Kitchen Garden


    If you're looking for more than a measly pot's worth of garden space, check out the Kitchen Garden 365 elevated planter. It's 39.5 inches long by 16.5 inches wide, and equipped with powerful grow lights and a self-watering reservoir. Stationed on casters, this movable "plot" can be rolled inside during cold weather and back out to the garden when seasonally appropriate. Available from; $280.

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  3. Click & Grow


    If you can operate a Keurig coffee machine, you can definitely grow kitchen herbs with the Click & Grow planter—no matter your previous track record. Each kit contains everything you need, including seed cartridges filled with nutrients and a plant light to boost growth. Your job is simple: Fill the water reservoir, and the planter will take care of the rest. Available on Amazon; $100.

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  4. AquaFarm


    The AquaFarm is more than a fish tank—it's a tiny aquaponics system! The fish and the plants form a mini ecosystem, each element benefiting from the other. The plants filter waste from the water, and the fish provides the plants with nutrients that help them sprout and grow much faster than if they were rooted in soil. Available on Amazon; $60.

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  5. AeroGarden


    With the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden, there's no soil, no mess, and no green thumb required. The hydroponic system provides an ideal environment for growing fresh herbs, salad greens, flowers, and vegetables indoors at any time of year. A control panel automatically turns the grow lights off and on, and tells you when to add liquid nutrients to the water reservoir at the base of the unit. Available on Amazon; $150.

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  6. Algreen Windowsill Planter


    Neither harsh winters nor sweltering summers disturb this sophisticated planter. The highly durable frost-proof and UV-resistant Algreen Modena Planter and Herb Garden is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. With self-watering capabilities and a removable internal plant liner, this low-maintenance garden can be started virtually anywhere. Available on Amazon; $40.

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  7. Chalkboard Wall Planter


    Continuing the trend of growing up, this wall-mounted planter features moisture-mat technology that keeps your garden's thirst adequately quenched by distributing water to the plants' roots through a behind-the-scenes irrigation system. Pour in a quart at a time, and this stunning vertical garden structure will take care of the rest. Available from Williams-Sonoma; $145.

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