Pumped about Plants

i felt like this post needed an exclamation mark because i’m quite excited about plants at the moment. you might remember my post, more than a year ago now, about wanting to get some indoor plants. if you are keen to get some plants but don’t know where to start definitely read the comments in that post – incredibly informative and helpful. subsequently i started out with succulents because i thought they wouldn’t be too easy to kill. turns out i kind of underestimated how fickle plants can be – succulents need plenty of light but not too much direct sunlight, and only occasional watering. they’re like teenagers, they kind of just want to be left alone. after a bit of trial and error my succulents are still thriving many months later.

so i feel like i’m ready to explore a brave new world of botanical treasures! and i dipped my toe into that pond recently when i bought a plant for anton’s birthday.  i wanted to find an indoor plant that ventured into delicious monster / swiss cheese territory (mmm, cheese) and ended up picking out this regal guy which so nicely matches his manly chair:

that is a split leaf philodendron by the way. thanks for pointing that out, matt.

it’s a nice size, and i think something that would work well gathered together with similarly sized plants. like so,

left: elina dahl | right: the design files

photo: mieke willems

source: the new york times

…or in a room full of many, many plants!

source: apartment therapy

source: woolly pocket

then again there is something nice about just one beautiful plant that takes center stage…

photo: elisabeth aarhus

source: iacoli & mcallister

source: woolly pocket

…especially when they are BIG!

source: elle decor

left: elle decor |  right: jawbone

source: hiromatsu

source: woolly pocket

i haven’t ventured into hanging plant territory yet, which feels kind of higher grade to me, but i would definitely be tempted by these leather pot plant suspenders by caroline gomez:

also keen on a hanging garden from local plant designer opus (left – also seen here) and this hanging basket (right):

filling a wall of shelves with plants is also wonderful, as seen in the malababa stores:

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here’s a cool way to combine those two concepts – hanging window boxes:

wall plants have taken to another level by the clever guys at woolly pocket

whichever way i end up going (and i might go in all directions eventually) i’m even more pumped about plants now. is your home being overrun by plants? cause if it is – i want to see! please share links to your blog / instagram / flickrs in the comments (and any plant tips are always appreciated)

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  • Reply Camille Monday 23 July, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I recently moved to a ground floor apartment, and as we were getting installed, all the plants were stored in the kitchen, which has vine-covered windows looking out to a plant-covered concrete backyard (better than it sounds, though!). The kitchen is now plant-centre but I like the effect too much, and now I need plants to fill the others rooms! I may have suggested them when you first posted about your love of plants, but I’m a big fan of spider plants and pothos (the hanging plants in no 5 and 8). They both have a really nice effect, you can start new plants off them easily, and they require little care (once-a-week watering). Photos of my forest-like kitchen to come :)

  • Reply samia Monday 23 July, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Take a look at Isabel Duprat’s work, specially her own apartment! She’s a brazilian landscape designer, very talented!
    I have a picture of her apartment here:
    But please google her! You’ll be amazed! :)

  • Reply Kate {Modette} Monday 23 July, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Fresh plants in a room make such a big difference! Love all this beautiful inspiration. x

    Kate {Modette}

  • Reply Mia Monday 23 July, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’m feeling it too.

  • Reply Haley Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I absolutely love all the inspiration you just gave me! I think I am going to begin looking for indoor plants tomorrow :)

  • Reply theaxx Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 3:15 am

    That’s it! Now I need a MASSIVE indoor plant!!!

  • Reply cristina Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 8:33 am

    oh how funny because recently i have been taking care of myplants! we have mainly herbs (basil, rosemary,sage,oregano, etc) and some plants and working on florals, i find it alot of fun and i do my research in my notebook on how to properly care for them, its given me such motivation! and good for us and the earth :)

  • Reply amy w Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I’m in love with a fiddle fig plant, it just doesn’t know it yet. That’s the beautiful beast in the first image of your big plants section. I just need to wait for winter to be over before it becomes available here. You started out with a lovely plant (and love the decor!)

  • Reply Dianne Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    There are some houses on my street that have INCREDIBLY plant action. They are like jungles up against their windows, overflowing from their windowsills. I live in envy. I’ve tried growing things but our windows are either get too much sun, or not enough. Oh the eternal struggle!

    Some of these are incredible.

  • Reply Matt Allison Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the kudos Ms. Moss :) Glad I could help on helping identify your new bundle of flora goodness. As you know I’m a bit of a plant nuts, you can see a few in our Design Sponge Sneak Peek here: I also have a ‘How to make a terrarium post’ here:, it was syndicated in print last month’s issue of HOME, with a 6 page spread on growing houseplants, I can send you the PDF if you want? Keep up the great work, beautiful inspiration above, in case anyone is wondering those BIG ones are called Fiddle Leaf Figs, or Ficus Lyrata, I have one as well, though it’s much smaller.

  • Reply Hanni Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I just have to send you this link to a botanic garden wedding in Berlin.
    Hope you’ll enjoy it!

  • Reply Thea Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve always been a lover of indoor plants (I have 3)…. now I want more! Love all of these pic’s- so inspiring.

  • Reply Laura Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Plants make my heart beat faster! I’ve been a collector of plants, mainly succulents, for several years now. I’m lucky to have great light in my apartment, and a little balcony with plenty of sun exposure.

    I have several animal planters on sale at my Etsy shop right now. Also, check out my Pinterest boards on balcony gardening and vertical gardening. I have planted a shoe holder garden two years in a row, and those photos are pinned also.

    Considering starting a little blog on my plant adventures. It might be time to get on that!

    Have fun!

  • Reply Michelle Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I have a few house pants that I love, and now I want more! I would suggest a mister for spraying them every few days. I do this since the humidity/ dryness can vary in my apartment. I think they like the attention! I also give my plants plant food regularly, and don’t be afraid to trim if necessary. I put rocks or marble as decoration inside, on the dirt too.

  • Reply Amanda Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I just made a little terrarium for my boyfriend out of a 60’s geometric light fixture, as a suprise for my boyfriend, and then the next day he brought home a beautiful 60’s terrarium with black bottom and clear lid, and its beautiful! Check out my instagram, there’s some pictures of the terrarium.

    Instagram: @amandakittyanne

  • Reply Sarah Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I’m fortunate in that my Dad is a keen collector of succulents of all shapes and sizes. He has a good number of really large cacti in his home. We are East Coast-ers here in the States, so our winters get very cold, but he’s managed to keep most of them growing anywhere from 10 to 25 years. Several are immense. Recently he gave me a sizable Mexican Fence Cactus, which I am pretty excited about. Most of my house plant collection is thanks to his generosity (and/or cuttings). I’ve been particularly into rare and strangely beautiful plants lately – so much so that my most recent collection of hair accessories are all plant/succulent inspired. My personal favorite is the Night Blooming Cactus-inspired piece:

  • Reply Lizzie Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Oh, quite a nice set of photos you have here! I take care of succulents too. I want to put more indoor plants but I’m worried about my books and the humidity. Our house is very small and I have to think twice before introducing more flora into our home. But those hanging plants seems practical! I might give it a shot…

  • Reply Sean Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    this is so on my wavelength, I think you’re in my head!

  • Reply Shirin Wednesday 25 July, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I adore plants! & we have a big fiddle leaf fig as well. You can take a look at our plant over-run home on design sponge’s sneek preview of our place:

  • Reply Andrea Wednesday 25 July, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    My Saintpaulia (African violet) is finally blooming! I had to wait almost 5 for this to happen.

  • Reply Alexis Wednesday 25 July, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Check out these beautiful botanical paintings!

  • Reply Brooke Wednesday 25 July, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I love indoor “gardens”! We’re growing aubergines in our London living room at the moment – they’re quite fun and have lovely flowers. Recommend if you also want to eat what you’re growing indoors.

  • Reply marisa Thursday 26 July, 2012 at 3:06 am

    those tall fiddlers figs! I bought my first last week and want it to be as happy as those. such inspiration!

  • Reply Sarah Thursday 26 July, 2012 at 9:00 am

    After looking at these photos, I too, am now totally pumped about plants.

  • Reply Eva @ Sycamore Street Press Thursday 26 July, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Love this! I love succulents, spider plants and air plants. I’d like to branch out further, too. The fun thing with the spider plant is that I started out with one big one, and I’ve made about 10 starters from it (plus I still have the original big one.)

    My dad had a wall of shelves full of plants when he was in college. So cool. He used to use big old glass battery cases as terrariums.

  • Reply Natsumi Friday 27 July, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I love the GIANT plant from Elle Decor. I just moved back home from Amsterdam had to give away all my darling plants from the past three years. I think that was the hardest thing to giveaway even though its so affordable to replace them. It was so nice to watch the plants change and grow over the years. I also found these vertical gardens that you might like.

  • Reply thecitygourmand Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    This is a fantastic little set of indoor plant inspiration. I’m quite struck by the idea of growing my own herbs at the moment and I think the hanging window boxes could do the trick!

  • Reply taylor Friday 3 August, 2012 at 4:35 am

    i believe the term is jungalow

  • Reply Amy Saturday 4 August, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I LOVE this post. We have many plants as well- so many that are pictured. Now I know that I need to add a fiddle leaf fig tree to the fold. If you’re interested in seeing them in our home, have a look at this recent project I secretly undertook as a gift for my husband for our anniversary:

    It is the origin story of our mid-century home as told through correspondance among me and the daughters, granddaughters and a family friend of the original owners. There is a section of the site called “the life” which depicts the house as we’re living in it today among many plants (and our four cats) as you’ll see.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Elle Wednesday 8 August, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    You should let your plants fall in love with Plantasia by composer Mort Garson.
    It’s music composed for plants :D
    I love listening to it and imagine being green and full of life, growing up.

  • Reply Eve Wednesday 15 August, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the inspiration. Going to get planting now!

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