Thanks so much for the nice comments on my little Elephant Planter yesterday! I love using unexpected containers for plants, so I thought I’d show you a few more from my house today. Many of you have also mentioned you can’t keep anything alive, and while I’m no green thumb, I have found a few hardy varieties of house plants that
I’ve yet to kill practically raise themselves. Low maintenance is the key!
I told you about the Air Plant yesterday, and here’s another one perched in a sea shell by my Kitchen sink. Occasionally, I put him in a bowl of water overnight, then shake it out before putting back in the shell.
You’re aware of my Fiddle Leaf Fig love from this post. The tall one in my Breakfast Room is still going strong, so I decided to try a bushier version in the Entrance Hall. They love light, and this one is flourishing by the door. To get the tree look, you just prune off the lower leaves (I have to do that to my taller one every few weeks).
And even though it was suggested, I don’t haul my Fiddle Leaf Figs outside for a thorough soaking. Once a week, I walk around the house with a pitcher of water giving all the plants just enough to soak the top of the dirt (so it doesn’t drain out the bottom). Once a month, I add plant food drops to the water. And a few times a year, I drag all the plants to the sink (or outside if they’re too big), and shower off the leaves to remove dust. It may sound like a lot, but it’s literally 5 minutes a week. Not a bad investment for all the glorious green accents!
My Dining Room table felt naked, so I placed this Birds Nest Fern in a clam shell bowl from Pier 1 (seen here). The leaves are so interesting, and it doesn’t shed like typical ferns. The runner is a recent Z.Gallerie find, and one small step for the Dining Room makeover!
After Amber praised them, I added a Money Tree to my collection. When you notice the plant starting to lean towards the light, just spin it around halfway and it will balance back out. The perfect pot still eludes me for this one.
Not only are plants the perfect pop of green, but they are great decorating accessories. This Janet Craig works to hide the cord in the Drop Spot.
Succulents are my latest favorites, and I love to plant them in the nooks of odd objects. I put a few pebbles in the bottom of this shell for drainage, then a few more around the soil of the plant for decor and to help hold them in place. I only water my succulents when the dirt is bone dry.
Could it be any cuter on my Living Room shelves?!
Another one lives in a crystal votive on my Kitchen window.
As does the coolest and hardiest plant of the bunch, the ZZ. I don’t think I could kill this plant if I wanted! I love the waxy leaves and height.
I’ve used Magnolia leaves in the past for projects, but recently discovered they’ll stay fresh if you put the stems in water. These have been on my coffee table for over a month!
Shay Geyer was so sweet to send me this gorgeous orchid, and with a few ice cubes every week, it continues to bloom. Fingers crossed I can hang on to this beauty!
The driftwood is from the beaches of Tofino, and the vase is Target.
The final plant, and the one I have on almost every surface of the house, is Pothos Ivy. They are slow growers for me, but extremely hardy. They come in so many different sizes too, making them perfect for anywhere.
And while I have a multitude of different planters, the basic white Ikea pots hold most of my plants. It’s hard to beat crisp white paired with nature’s perfect color. And the Ikea price tag!
Like I said, I’m not a horticulture expert, but these plants and methods are what work for me. So do you decorate with plants, faux or real? Do you have any secret tips for helping them flourish?