Instant Mood Lift: Brighten Your Space with a Window Sill Planter

From flowers to herbs, here’s what you need to grow your own indoor garden.

Woman watering plants
Keep your potted friends happy and hydrated with these windowsill planters.Getty Images

When outdoor space is limited or you just don’t want an outdoor garden, windowsill planters are a great option. Bonus: You don’t need much of a green thumb to use them. Here’s how to choose the right planter to help you grow veggies, herbs or flowers indoors.

Be Honest About Your Skill Level

Self Watering Planter
Unique double-layer design is great for beginners.Amazon

Do you kill everything you try to grow? If you’re busy, absent-minded or just can’t quite get your green thumb activated, a self-watering planter is a game changer. Look for one with a water-level gauge that can show you when your plant needs a refresh, like this one. We also like that this pick comes with 10 quarts of fiber soil—fiber soil absorbs up to 10 times its weight in water and will keep plants happy even longer (no matter how badly you ignore them).

Look for Good Water Drainage

Herb Pot Planter Set
These cute metal pots have hidden drill holes to drain away extra water.Amazon

Growing your own herbs is one of the best ways to kick your home cooking up a notch. . But herbs, like many other plants, don’t like to have their roots sitting in puddles of water—they need good drainage to grow well. So make sure you get pots or a planter for your herbs that have drainage holes, like this rustic pick—and look for potting soil that contains peat moss and perlite for extra drainage support.

Remember the Saucer

Planter Pot with Saucer
Chic and functional.Amazon

Using a saucer with your indoor plants is key to catch excess water and prevent spills and water damage to your floors, tile and other surfaces. We like this modern-looking planter because it comes with its own bamboo saucer, and it’s compact. Perfect for small spaces. (It’ll work best for sprouting seedlings or growing small succulents or cacti.)