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Decorating With Plants: How to Incorporate
Plants Into Your Home Decor

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Why not consider decorating with plants?

As modern farmhouse style continues to dominate design trends and minimalist interiors reign supreme, there’s no easier way to enhance your home’s aesthetic than with a classic touch of greenery.

Designate a Plant Cart

You’ve heard of bar carts, but plant carts are all the rage now, and for good reason. Some varieties of plants need a ton of sun, while others prefer shade. Then there are some that need a 50/50 mix.

You’d drive yourself crazy and spin your wheels carrying individual planters around your home trying to catch those elusive golden hour rays or the early morning light. With a plant cart, you can wheel your plants around to catch the sunlight.

A tweak on this trend is to use a plant shelf or table. The idea is to group like-minded plants together to make a statement piece. Position tall varieties on top with shorter plants, such as succulents, on middle and bottom rows for a multi-dimensional look.

Focus on the Planters

In your quest to find the ideal plants for your space, don’t forget to pay special attention to the planters you use. Go bold with patterns or bright colors to liven up an otherwise bland space that could use a punch of pizazz.

You can also keep the approach simple and stick with white planters. Look for planters in various shapes and sizes, with interesting textures or intricate details. Place them together on top of your bookshelves or at the end of a long table to amplify the effect.

Hang Plants in Small Spaces

Living in a studio apartment? Perhaps you’re in an older model home with many small, segmented rooms rather than an open floor plan? Either way, you may not have the square footage to dedicate to a mass array of indoor plants.

The solution to these tricky interior design challenges? Think vertical!

Use a macramé plant hanger to display your green beauties in a unique and unexpected way. Hang it on the wall, from the ceiling or above your kitchen sink for a new look. For the most eye-catching results, look for hangers that feature a splash of color.

Think Outside the Bloom

Yes, perennials or annuals that bloom with fragrant flowers are a gorgeous addition to any space but they aren’t your only option.

Expand your selection when decorating with plants. Also consider designing with branches, stems, sticks, and fronds.

All of these add rustic simplicity to your home with minimal effort. The best part? Most will outlast their floral counterparts, as pretty as they are.

Embrace Long Vines

Think you need to trim your plants or give them a haircut every time their vines start to crawl? Why not learn to embrace the look?

Certain varieties, including Philodendron, Ivy, Pothos, and Creeping Fig, have long and winding climber stems that can span the entire length of television consoles, coffee tables, armoires and more.

Make this look a part of your decor. Wind the vines around table legs and shelving units to add a quick pop of color to any space, from your living room to your bedroom.

Go Big and Bold in One Spot

You don’t necessarily need to have a Ficus tree in every corner. However, it pays to go big in one spot, such as beside your couch, near a favorite armchair, or in front of a picture window. This helps anchor a large room and gives your space a focal point.

While Fiddle Leaf Figs are a major trend in the design today, you have plenty of other choices. Consider installing a planted Arcea Palm, Dracaena, Monstera or White Bird of Paradise for a statement piece that’s also stunning. If you do place one in front of a window, make sure it’s suited to take as much sun as it will receive.

Keep It Easy with Succulents 

Not all of us are born with a green thumb, and that’s OK.

Before you invest in indoor plants, make sure you can dedicate the time and attention to their care.

If your lifestyle is fast-paced or you aren’t home too often, a succulent is often your best bet. Requiring little water, sunlight, and maintenance, most are hearty and strong, featuring linear shapes that work particularly well in modern homes.

Decorate tiny planters with paint and patterns, and then add as many succulents as you like. To add a Southwestern flair, try grouping a few cacti together.

Decorating with Plants, Made Simple

There’s no exact science to decorating with plants. As you develop your setup, think about your personal preferences, as well as the specific upkeep that each new plant will require.

At the end of the day, you want your home to be a haven and an extension of your personality. So seek varieties that work with your aesthetic and make sense in your space, no matter how tiny or spacious it might be.

When you’re ready to fill your rooms with eye-catching greenery, we’d love to help. Our online shop is full of plants, planters and other supplies, with searchable categories that help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

We are also available online to answer any questions you might have about caring for your new plant.

Contact us to ask questions or learn more about our ordering process. Plants are our passion and we’d love to make them yours, too.

 

Freshening Up for Spring with Indoor Plants

As the weather continues to break record highs here in Florida, there is no doubt that spring is on its way. While nature is sending us the signal that it is time to reboot, refresh, and reenergize as the seasons change outside, we should also be looking for ways to bring this freshness indoors.

Indoor plants are a great way to bring bright, spring-filled cheer into your home for a wonderful seasonal revamp. Here are just a few of our favorite green friends:

  • ZZ Plant – Loved by many for its ability to thrive in virtually any home, apartment, or dorm room, the ZZ Plant does not require nearly as much water, light, or human attention as its fellow members of the Araceae family. This plant actually only requires watering every two months (in some cases). The ZZ Plant is known for its oval-shaped leaves, which have a shiny, waxy coating that make them resemble plastic. It isn’t uncommon for some people to think these gorgeous leafy plants are fake!
  • Neanthabella Palm – Native to the rainforests of Guatemala and southern Mexico, the Neanthabella Palm was actually one of the first plants to be cultured for use inside homes and offices due to their ability to perform well in low-light conditions. These hearty plants not only look great, but they have also been rated by NASA as one of the best indoor plants for removing chemicals and toxins from indoor air. Neanthabellas are smaller in stature, making them great additions to space-conscious homes or office spaces.
  • Giganta – If you are looking to brighten up a room with shades of green, the Giganta is a wonderful multi-trunked plant that does not reveal its brown canes; it actually appears to be virtually all variegated green and yellow foliage. While the Giganta does share some characteristics with it s relative the Corn Plant, these plants do not require much water or attention really. Simply place these plants in front of a nice window so that their natural variegation comes out, water it at least once month, clean when needed, and it should be a happy plant.
  • Monstera – If you are looking for a bit more of a tropical vibe as you dream of months to come, check out the Monstera. Naturally occurring in the tropical areas spanning from Mexico to Panama, the Monstera prefers to be in indoor areas with filtered sunlight but can also survive in relatively low-light conditions. Its heart-shaped, deep green leaves make a beautiful addition to larger indoor spaces.

Are you ready to add some green in your scene and get ready for spring? Order your very own indoor plants from PLANTZ.com today!

Attention-Grabbing Indoor Plants: Large Plants for Big Spaces

Do you have a large space in your home or office that just… needs something? A big, beautiful indoor plant could be a great addition! Indoor plants that grow over five feet tall quickly grab attention and add a dramatic touch to any interior space.

These height and volume of these green plants captures the eye and will immediately make any space feel lush. Below are a few of our favorite plants for larger spaces:

  • Lisa Cane – The Lisa Cane is a perfect choice for those who have high ceilings but not a lot of floor space. These plants are tall, but not very wide, so they fit well in corners and tighter areas. An elegant plant, the Lisa Cane has deep green strap leaves and green stems. In addition to being one of the best performing indoor plants in lowly lit spaces, they also require very little maintenance. Lisa Canes are available in two sizes: tall (5 to 5 ½ feet) and taller (5 ½ to 6 ½ feet).
  • Ficus Lyrata – The trendy “plant of the moment,” the Ficus lyrata is known for its large violin-shaped leaves which give it the nickname of the Fiddle Leaf Fig. These in-demand plants are a favorite of interior designers and decorators thanks to their ability to take a prominent place in the décor of a large space. Fiddle Leaf Figs are available in three varying heights (ranging from 2 ½ feet to 5 ½ feet tall) and two styles – bush and standard tree form.
  • White Bird of Paradise – With lengthy, dramatically arching leaves, the White Bird of Paradise has long been a favorite of interior design professionals. These tropical plants require a lot of sunlight to keep them happy and do well in both indoor and outdoor settings. When they are grown outdoors in the South, they can produce rather odd looking buds which closely resemble a bird’s head (thus its name). The White Bird of Paradise is available in two sizes that range from 3 ½ to 6 feet tall.
  • Bamboo Palm – The Bamboo Palm can bring color and warmth to any room in the house or office. These plants were given their name for their likeness to bamboo with clumping and stems with shedding leaves. They require moderate to high levels of light in order to thrive, but can tolerate some lower light levels. When left to their own devices outdoors, Bamboo Palms can grow up to 20 feet high. These beautiful palms are currently available on our site between 3 and 5 ½ feet tall.

Do you have a large space that would be the perfect home for a new plant? Order your indoor plants today from PLANTZ.com! We will ship your plants directly to your doorstep and save you the trouble of finding a car large enough to get these big guys home! Contact our team today for any additional information.

Top Indoor Plants for Apartment Living

From making a living space feel more alive and welcoming to purifying the air, there are many reasons why indoor plants should be incorporated into your home. However, keeping these green friends alive may be challenging for those who live in spaces where natural sunlight may be limited.

To make the task of keeping indoor plants alive an easier one for those who live in apartments, PLANTZ has compiled a list of a few beautiful plants that can withstand urban conditions.

  • Areca Palm – The Areca Palm, or Dypsis lutescens, is one of the most well-known and beloved indoor plants on the market. These palms make wonderful outdoor plants and thrive indoors when lighting conditions are high. They are also known for their remarkable ability to cleanse indoor air of harmful airborne toxins. According to NASA, they actually have the 8th highest removal rate of formaldehyde. The Areca Palm is sometimes called the “Butterfly Palm” because of its soft, fine-textured yellowish-green fronds, as well as the “Party Palm” thanks to its vast use in decorations for parties and weddings.
  • Lisa Cane – If space is tight in your apartment, the Lisa Cane is the perfect indoor plant for you. This plant will grow to be tall, but not very wide, making it the ideal plant for smaller spaces. They also require very little maintenance and perform well in lower lighting conditions, making them ideal for a new plant parent.
  • Ficus Lyrata – Commonly known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig, the Ficus Lyrata has exploded in popularity in recent years. With large “fiddle” shaped leaves, these plants are the perfect statement piece for larger spaces. They do require bright indirect light, so place it in a well-lit room and it should thrive. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is actually available in three different heights and two styles (tree form and bush) so that plant-lovers can choose the right size for their available space.

These three plants would make wonderful additions to your apartment, but does the idea of dragging them to your building and up flights of stairs sound terrible? Don’t worry! At PLANTZ.com, you can order your new indoor plants, containers, and accessories online and have them shipped straight to your door! Visit our online shop to order your plants today!