Containers do not have to be utilitarian, though the popular clay pot still continues to be the favorite plant containers. Plastic pots come in a wide range of shapes and colors available and are perfect for growing any kind of plant. Plants growing in clay pots dry out faster compared to those growing in plastic or glazed pots.
There are special containers as well for diverse uses. One that is perfectly suited to African violet growth and display is comprised of three parts: a plastic saucer filled up with a sponge; a wide, open-bottomed jardiniere that sits on the saucer; anda clear plastic rim which caps the jardiniere. This rim props the leaves out in a nice, symmetrical shape. Plants that grow in 4-inch clay pots can be placed comfortably in this fancy container.
You could also make your own jardinieres (a container big enough to function as a receptacle for a potted plant) from fine-looking metal vessels or china crockery. Before you put a potted plant in this kind of jardiniere, place a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the jardiniere.
You could make all types of pretty pots from white elephant figurines,—a soup tureen that does not match or contrasts well with other dishes, mugs, jugs, cups or anything you fancy. Add a generous layer of potchips and crushed charcoal before planting in containers without drainage holes. Plants in these containers rarely need watering like other plants. Keep in mind that there is the ever-present danger of over watering such plantings.
Strawberry jars, a kind of pot that has several openings around the sides, make an great display area for small African violets, miniature or slow-growing vines like Helxine soleirolii (baby's-tears), cacti, and other succulents. For glazed of plastic containers that may have no drainage holes, an extra helping of bottom drainage material is required. Place a moss stick in the middle of the container or a tube of chicken wire that is filled with sphagnum moss. Water your plant over the stick or down the tube. Newer plastic jars on the market do have built-in water well having small openings to allow moisture to seep into the soil.