• Tyra Johnson

Trends to Love: Plants

Succulent terrariums, macrame planters, patioscapes – gone are the days of your Nana's boring ivy. We'll talk bringing green inside and options if you can't seem to keep plants alive.


There aren't many easier ways to brighten up a room than bringing in some greenery. Once you figure out your level of plant care aptitude, it's as simple as plant + soil + pot + water! I'll walk you through it (linking all images to their sources for more info and easy shopping of course).


Plants


There are three questions you need to ask yourself when picking out plants:

  1. How often will you actually water this plant? Be honest with yourself here or you'll end up with high hopes and dead plants. If the answer is never, I'll get to artificial plants for you!

  2. Will the plant be inside or outside? For obvious reasons, certain plants thrive outdoors and just won't make it inside (the main one being temperature). That said, many do so well indoors you'll find yourself needing to trim them a bit. I'll focus on indoor plants in this post.

  3. How much light will the plant get? Full sun, partial sun/partial shade, low light (most indoor plants), no light (windowless bathrooms).


Your three answers will likely vary per plant based on where it'll live in your space. For me, once a plant goes outside the likelihood that I'll remember to water it nosedives. The plant I have to walk past on the way to my bathroom every day sometimes verges on over-watered. Once you know those three things, go get yourself some plants! Follow the instructions on the little card inserted in each plant. My go to plant shops are Calloway's Nursery, Home Depot, and Lowe's – all have very knowledgable staff if you don't know where to start! All are divided indoor vs outdoor and within each of those groups by light requirements. Here's a handy infographic to get you started on indoor plants.

Soil


It's dirt. Fairly straight forward. You've got 2 primary options here:

  1. Standard Soil - My favorite is MiracleGro Moisture Control Potting Soil Mix. It comes in sizes ranging from enough for one or two plants to go get your greenhouse on. This will work for just about every indoor plant except for succulents (bringing us to option two).

  2. Succulent Soil - MiracleGro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Soil Mix is the winner for me. It's essentially a blend of dirt, sand, and moss that helps prevent the roots of succulents and cacti from over-watering. Remember they naturally grow in deserts!



For the Not-So-Green-Thumb


Remember that fake plastic looking plant your mom had in the corner collecting dust? That doesn't have to be you! Artificial plants and flowers have come such a long way. Here is where I admit I spent four months watering an orchid that turned out to be fake...so you can fool anyone (most adults don't go touching plants to see if they're real). Faux plants give you some serious flexibility when it comes to decorating. For one, if you truly live in a low light space, these are your best option. Next pro – seasonal decor! That cactus may be low maintenance but you can't throw it in a closet when you get bored. Another benefit – DIY. Hobby Lobby and Michael's have a great selection of individual flowers, plants, moss, and terrariums for you to get creative and build your own: centerpieces, fireplace mantel decor, floor displays, even wall-mounted planters! Here are some examples of my favorite ways artificial plants can be used.






Pots and Planters


This is the fun part! Pick whatever suits your style. Here's a few I love and links to them all in case you love them too. Have fun plantifying your spaces!