Creative Ways To Decorate With Houseplants
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By Naomi Chrisoulakis
Looking for a fresh way to liven up your living space? Exercise your green thumb: Mini container gardens have a beauty that rivals any cut flower arrangement, and the variety of colors, textures and sizes give your home a real sense of style, says Baylor Chapman, author of The Plant Recipe Book. Even better, potted plants are eco-friendly, inexpensive and super-easy to take care of. This Arbor Day, get inspired by eight creative—and low-maintenance—ideas for decorating with houseplants.
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This stunning centerpiece might look tricky, but it's a cinch: All the plants are contained in their original, store-bought pots and have been artfully grouped together in one larger container. "When creating something like this, use colors and shapes that will play off each other—plants with varying heights are a must," says Chapman.
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Don't dismiss dated, old-fashioned plants your grandmother loved, says Chapman—with the right accessories, you can give them a new lease on life. Try placing tropical plants like African violets, moss and spider ferns under glass domes: They love the humidity and we love the modern vibe.
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"Grouping different varieties of the same genus of plant together creates a vibrant, textural look," says Chapman, who created this wall installation with four types of echeveria succulents. For vertical gardens like this, be patient: You'll need to lay them flat for about a month so the roots can take hold before hanging.
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"When you need a home for a plant, you don't have to splurge on a fancy pot—break the rules!" urges Chapman. Place a group of store-bought potted plants, like these hydrangeas, inside a colorful canvas tote bag lined with cellophane or plastic. Incorporate several plants for a bigger, bolder piece that looks uniform and simply take them out when it's time for watering to keep the tote dry.
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"I love an element of surprise and anything that makes people curious," says Chapman, who elevated a mushroom kit into a living sculptures by using a log vase to house her mini farm. Bonus: It's edible!
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Just when you thought all the uses for Mason jars had been found, along comes this cute idea. This nerve plant loves the humidity of its glass home and is low maintenance. "You could create a grouping of these in different-sized jars—they'll last for months," says Chapman.
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Plants typically grown outdoors can be brought inside, says Chapman, like the ivy she used to create this planter box. That goes to objects usually found outside, too, like this piece of guttering used to house the plants.
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Give the chia pet an adult upgrade with cute animal vases and air plants. "They're easy, low-maintenance and fun," says Chapman, who advises taking the vase with you to find a plant that matches. Pop the air plant inside and soak in water once a week.
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