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From Unusual Plant-Holding Pens to Terrarium iPhone Docks

By: Jen Chae - Published: Jun 10, 2013
Pots and vases get the job done growing flowers, but these multifunctional plant growers can do more than just that. Creative renditions of traditional planters like terrarium iPhone docks, plant-growing urinals, blackboard herb gardens and plant-focused furnishings prove that a little piece of nature can grow in just about anything. All these multi-purpose designs infuse natural growth with practical functions.

The Aqua Mini Capsule is worth noting. This tiny wall-mount grows plants using absolutely no soil, but fish's waste. It's a visually intriguing decoration for a home and is also an innovative fish tank. The Cindy is another design that uses nontraditional substances to feed plant growth; this plant grower turns cigarette ash into fertilizer. This ashtray-planter hybrid is environmentally friendly in more than one way. Such designs can perform two tasks at once, requiring less purchases for a more valuable and efficient one.