Do you ever find yourself staring at some corner of your house (or a table, bookshelf, a nook or cranny) thinking it needs something?
Me, too. All the time.
I often look at nooks and crannies of my house and think, you need some life—a living green thing. House plants have a way of softening spaces, proving that bookshelves and countertops hold more than lifeless stuff.
I love house plants—I’m into small, manageable plants.
The reign of succulents as the easiest plant in the world to grow continues. I know this is true because mine are still alive. Last spring I bought three plants in hopes that they would make it and I could then expand my “garden”.
I found these at Trader Joe’s. They were far more affordable than any others I’d stumbled upon. I deem them affordable because they were larger than some I’d seen at Home Depot and they came in a tin pot which saved me the expense of buying pots for plants I wasn’t sure I could grow.
After a month under my care, they survived. I added to my collection and have continued to do so. Over the summer my succulent population has grown, I’m teetering on the edge of crazy plant lady territory.
Here are some of my favorites.
I’m not sure exactly where I’d put a hanging planter in my home—I have one nook that might work—but if I decide to go for it, here are my first choices.
For larger indoor plants, here are a few that caught my eye.
If you’ve failed at succulents, try again.
My best advice is give them what we would consider a near death experience. As in, do not water them.
When you walk past the succulent in your home—the one you’re going to try again with—and you gasp wondering when you last watered it, in that moment give it a tablespoon of water. Seriously. If you think you’re killing it, it will probably live. Remind yourself that this domesticated plant was actually born for deserts. Just go ahead and feel fine about your neglect.
For better advice than mine, I like this article from Gardenista: 9 Secrets to Growing Succulents Indoors. They offer solid advice on how to choose succulents and keep them alive and thriving.
What’s your best advice for growing house plants? And, have you seen any great planters lately?