Some Like It Cool
If you've got a corner nowhere near a radiator, create a charming mini garden of several pots and planters rather than one big one. Cyclamen, with its heart-shaped leaves and butterflylike flowers, is a hardy plant. Similarly resilient ("It can take abuse!" Geiger says) is kalanchoe, a relative newcomer on the plant scene. Distinguished by clusters of vibrant flowers that just keep on blooming, it produces a seriously gorgeous effect for a modest effort. More high maintenance, surprisingly, is moss, which nowadays is often seen potted all by itself for a refreshing spot of indoor green.
Care and feeding: Cyclamen thrives in moderate light, in temperatures of 65 degrees and below. Kalanchoe needs to be cool, too, and tolerates most light levels well. Moss, unlike the rest of us, thrives in humid conditions, with daily spritzing and, every other day, a quick dunking under the tap (never soak, or it will rot). Vibrant flowers are shown to best advantage in earth-tone planters.
From left: Chinese Huang Huali rosewood scroll pot, brass moss pot, $100, and Chinese Huang Huali rosewood brush pot, $450, all available at Dimson Homma; antique Japanese cedar brazier, Takashimaya