A plant shelf can feature a few plain pots with some scraggly stems and leaves, or at the other end of the spectrum, it can be decorated as a work of art. The trick is to have healthy, thriving plants placed in a variety of eye-catching containers. For both the plants and the pots, you can go for subtle colors, or really attract attention with a variety of vibrant hues.
Use flowerpots with flair. Web sites offer pots made of recycled tires, and hand-painted ceramic varieties painted in patriotic colors, or handsome metallic pots in various shapes and sizes. Depending on your taste, you can go wild mixing and matching colors and styles, or pick pots that complement each other -- for instance, all with the same shape.
Select plants that add decorative appeal to the shelf -- and go well with your pots. If you're more of a gardener than an artist, choose the plants first and then select complementary pots. For eye appeal, vary the height, texture and color of the leaves and flowers. Even if you just have foliage, heighten the interest by combining deep green, gray-green and variegated leaves.
Add other items among the plants and the pots. This shelf is a perfect place to display small collections, whether they're ceramic frogs, decorative thimbles or antique teacups. If your shelf is large enough, it's fun to alternate the pots with vintage gardening tools picked up at garage sales.