I adore paperwhites in January. They make grey dreary January days bearable. And I'm one of those who really like their fragrance. January to me means the often overwhelming fragrance of paperwhites in the breakfast room!
Normally, I use bulb bowls for my paperwhites. A green McCoy one that belonged to my grandmother (who shared the growing of paperwhites with me) and a small collection of shallow blue and white bowls that are perfect for the cultivation of paperwhites. Three of them have "tops" that the stems grow up and through. The other does not -- it was bought filled with Costco tulips one year and since it was (a) blue and white and (b) it was a bulb bowl, I kept it.
I've also grown them in just terra cotta pots. I like the rustic look of the terra cotta -- especially in the breakfast room which is where the outdoor plants live in the winter! Terra cotta seems to fit in.
But last year . . .
At Webster House , at the end of the paperweight season, they had some great clear "vases" to grow paperwhites in. (They even came complete with spent paperwhites -- but that's okay because they were half price!) It was hard to wait but wait I did and the results were stupendous! Three bulbs in the bigger "vase" and one in the smaller one!
I like the fact that you can see the bulb and the roots and the fact that the glass sleeve keeps the foliage in check -- it doesn't flop over!
Sigh -- I should have bought a couple more but I was still in my after Christmas I shouldn't buy anything for me mode and so I just bought the two for their cost was what I had in my purse!
On the windowsill in the kitchen -- to make dreary January days less so as I wash dishes or prepare dinner.