Here’s A New Place To Hang Your Plants, According to an Expert

Here’s A New Place To Hang Your Plants, According to an Expert

Plant parents know coming up with space-saving, creative ways to display a growing greenery collection can get difficult. You need to provide your plants with enough sunlight, space to grow, and, of course, water to live. If you’re looking for more functional and unique places to display your plants though, it may be time to consult an expert — or let me introduce you to one for a little bit of free plant styling advice.

Feng Shui plant consultant Clara Leung lives in a 1500-square-foot townhouse in Maryland with her fiancé, two children, and their dog, Tiva. She’s lived in this home for the past 14 years and strove to decorate it mindfully to maintain its balance of energy. “I grew up in Hong Kong where my mother and grandmother raised me with a strong foundation in Old Chinese Feng Shui,” Leung says in her house tour.

When searching for the perfect home for herself and her family, finding a place that was big enough to house all of her plants was a top priority. While her style marries modern, farm, and vintage elements with Chinese design, Leung’s favorite element in her entire home is actually her dedicated collection of rare plants. “Waking up every morning and coming down the stairs, my eyes are always trained on those plants,” she says. “I even say goodbye to them every night!”

Instead of working her showerhead or hooking plants onto a shower curtain rod (which she doesn’t actually have… since her bath features a glass door), Leung suspended a curved wood branch from the ceiling inside her shower and used it as an anchor to hang five potted plants. This unique decor decision works for a lot of different reasons. For one, she used white ceiling hooks that almost blend completely into the ceiling. So from afar, it seems as though the branch is floating in mid-air, adding to the whimsical indoor forest factor. Secondly, if you have plants that thrive in high humidity atmospheres, what better place for those plants to live than right in your shower?

You really could recreate this look in just about any room in your home, though the bath has its advantages because of its air moisture and proximity to water for easy watering. You’ll also want to make sure that you have a window in your bathroom, as Leung has, so your plant babies are getting the sun necessary to thrive. Keep in mind that wherever you decide to display your plants, in this hanging branch fashion or otherwise, you also still need easy access to them for feeding. If you’re going to work your ceilings like this or even just a high spot on a wall, you’ll have to be comfortable with watering on a step ladder or using one to bring plants down to drink when they’re dry.

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8 Plant Influencers on *Their* Favorite Plant Influencers to Follow

8 Plant Influencers on *Their* Favorite Plant Influencers to Follow

You know that feeling when you stumble upon the Instagram account of someone whose feed is so inspiring, so beautiful, that you can’t help but get engrossed for hours? I’ve found myself losing days (weeks?) of my time in the lush green landscapes that plant influencers have created on their little grids. In fact, I’ve gotten so hooked on a few accounts that I want more, more, more. Raise your hand if you feel the same.

And really, who better to tell us which plant posters to follow next than plant influencers themselves? So to help fill your feed with even more green, we asked some favorites in the botanical biz to share with us their favorite follows on Instagram and TikTok, for your scrolling pleasure. 

A quick heads-up: Note that any specific plants mentioned in this story or any others may be toxic to pets or humans. “Toxic” plants can induce symptoms that range from mild (upset stomach) to severe (possible death). If you have a cat, dog, or kid, make sure you research the plants ahead of time on a reputable site like ASPCA.orgPetPoisonHelpline.orgPoison.org, or by calling your vet or pediatrician.

Oakes Recommended: Niyya Tenee of @thebloomjourney
“Niyya from @thebloomjourney is so sweet,” says Oakes. “She does a delightful ‘Tea with Plants’ segment on her Instagram, as well as Lives that talk about plants and wellness with other plant lovers. I recently visited her plant-filled apartment too, and I just love how she’s created a sanctuary for herself.”

Oakes Recommended: Summer Hamel of @fictitiousarchive
“Summer shares the first half of my name and has been photographing her plants, her art of plants, and images of #culledleaves over on @fictitiousarchive,” says Oakes. “Her feed offers up a refreshingly realistic view of a plant’s journey.” 

Cutsumpas Recommended: Jacquelyn Holland of @littlenorthplants 
“Jacquelyn at @littlenorthplants is such a rising star in the plant world,” says Cutsumpas. “Her content is so helpful for both new and experienced plant parents alike. Her educational plant infographics and photography are incredibly clear and concise, and she strikes the perfect balance between a beautiful aesthetic and valuable information. It’s hard not to learn something new from her page, and it is definitely worth the follow.”

Cutsumpas Recommended: Tobin Mitnick of @jewslovetrees
“Tiktok star Tobin Mitnick creates videos about trees on @jewslovetrees that I can only describe as a new branch of comedy,” says Cutsumpas. “I never knew trees could be this funny, and Tobin’s witty sense of humor — coupled with his expansive tree knowledge — make him a must-watch every time you’re scrolling through your feed. Plus, most plant people aren’t as familiar with outdoor trees, so you’re bound to learn something new.”

Stafford Recommended: Brittanie Dacus of @botanistbee
“I really enjoy following Brittanie of @botanistbee on Instagram,” says Stafford. “She’s always dropping good recommendations on where to get the best and most affordable plant materials such as pots, soil, humidifiers, and more. Plus, she’s constantly answering plant questions and giving her advice.”

Stafford Recommended: Shari Watson of @caribcultivated
“Shari’s energy and photos instantly put you in a good mood, and all of her plants are so beautiful,” says Stafford. “She just started a YouTube channel so I think we’ll be seeing a lot more from her!”

Cain Recommended: Durrell Eastland of @theblackplantman on Instagram and TikTok 
“Not only does he love houseplants, but he’s also a comedian, and it shows,” says Cain. “He has a million different facial expressions, all of which help to tell the story of his plants. He chooses plants that every newbie could care for and isn’t afraid to share when things are working — and when they’re not.”

Cain Recommended: Micael Butial of @caelerz on Instagram and TikTok 
“Micael has a gorgeous setup with hundreds of tricky-to-care-for indoor plants,” says Cain. “His interiors are full of neon and color, but the plants definitely dominate. He’s often rearranging his collection, cleaning the leaves, and jumping around having a ball in the process. Micael might not have invented the hashtag #dancingwithplants, but he definitely embodies it.”

Cheng Recommended: Roos Kocken of @plantwithroos
“I love the account @plantwithroos,” says Cheng. “Roos (pronounced “rose”) shares all the little things that bring joy to any plant parent — new growth, a flower forming, and appreciating leaf patterns, textures, and colors.”

Cheng Recommended: Nasim Badrbigi of @bushylady
“Another account, @bushylady, calls out issues in the plant community in a comedic way — plus they share the big picture of owning plants, growth, and decay!”

Braxton Recommended: Gloria Alamrew of @blackgirlrooted
“One of my favorites on Instagram is Gloria Alamrew at @blackgirlrooted,” says Braxton. “I especially love when she shares a new reel — they are hands-down some of the funniest I have ever seen. She is engaging and you can’t help but want to share her content because you know it’s going to make someone’s day.”

Braxton Recommended: Cartreze Tucker of @blackboyplantjoy on Instagram and TikTok
“In my opinion, everyone should know and be following Cartreze,” says Braxton. “His videos and reels are some of the best — I easily watch them three or four times because they are so funny. Not only is he knowledgeable, he is hilarious.” 

Painter Recommended: Jan Cruz of @sailorblooms
“Jan at @sailorblooms does amazing design work with her feed and stories,” says Painter. “The posts are poetry, their stories are vulnerable and relevant, all tied in with an incredible aesthetic that highlights not only the beauty of plants, but the ways in which they touch our hearts and feed our souls.”

Painter Recommended: Sarah Spaulding of @botanophile 
@botanophile is a prolific sharer!” says Painter. “She is filling a void in the market by doing trades with friends for plants that are difficult to get ahold of in any other way, and perfecting the art of tissue culture in her own home so she can immediately start sharing them back out. Her ‘glitter flex’ macro photos show off the natural beauty of plants up close and personal.”

Horton Recommended: Taji Riley of @unboundbx_
“I was immediately drawn to Taji because she often includes her grandmother and mother on her feed, and who wouldn’t love to see three generations of plant people?!” says Horton. “Also, her indoor collection is gorgeous, and she’s never afraid to show the good, bad, and ugly.”

Horton Recommended: Kevin Cliff of @theplantpapi
“Plants, sneakers, art, and dope music — ’nuff said!” says Horton. “Kev’s ability to perfectly meld these things while also dropping plant-related facts in the most authentically ‘him’ way is absolute GOLD. Plus, in his stories, Kev (who is a licensed mental health therapist) often provides helpful advice on varying mental health topics with accompanying resources.” 

Apartment Therapy’s Styling with Plants vertical was written and edited independently by the Apartment Therapy editorial team and generously underwritten by Greendigs.

10 DIY Houseplant Markers to Up Your Plants’ Style Factor

10 DIY Houseplant Markers to Up Your Plants’ Style Factor

Sure, plant markers can be practical — before your herbs burst through the soil, it can be tough to remember which pot holds basil and which one has mint. But they can be cute and clever as well. Just think of all the greenery puns you can decorate with in your home! 

And in order to achieve exactly the houseplant style you have in mind, you can go the DIY route. In fact, we’ve planted 10 ideas below for fun-to-make markers. You probably already have the supplies you need for several of them.

A quick heads-up: Note that any specific plants mentioned in this story or any others may be toxic to pets or humans. “Toxic” plants can induce symptoms that range from mild (upset stomach) to severe (possible death). If you have a cat, dog, or kid, make sure you research the plants ahead of time on a reputable site like ASPCA.orgPetPoisonHelpline.orgPoison.org, or by calling your vet or pediatrician.

Playing with wire is the perfect opportunity to get punny. “I remember walking round a garden center and seeing some plant markers that were (arguably) a little boring and thought, ‘I can do something like this but funny,’” says Lauren Lakey, who sells her plant markers in her shop, In Other Words Designs. “If you’ve got any thin garden wire laying around and some pliers, you can have a go at creating your own. Try printing off a template to help you form the words.” 

From the materials to the crafting, Alma García’s plant marker DIY is impressively doable. All that’s required is a package of popsicle sticks, white chalkboard spray paint, and a Sharpie. First, García says, spray paint all the markers, let them dry, and then freehand herb names. “This makes it more personal and beautiful,” she says. “My inspo came from my little DIY garden that I created during quarantine. It is so therapeutic to grow your own herbs and hand-make your own items. I decided to make these and add my personal handwriting to the markers and received so many compliments.” 

Break out a woodburning pen.

If you have a set of letter stampers, you can put them to work to make some polished IDers. “With the right tools, your herb garden will shine with these dainty, vintage silverware herb markers,”  says Courtney Vettel. “To create, flatten your spoons, stamp your letters, and don’t forget to outline your lettering in black marker to make them really pop!” 

“I really just wanted to create some colorful plant markers for my vegetable beds that would be easy to see and that I could reuse each year,” says Alison Edwards. “First, I searched at our local river for pebbles that reminded me of the shape of the vegetable, and then I hand drew the illustrations using porcelain pens, added detail with gel pens, and finally sealed them with a spray varnish.”

Paint on paint stir sticks.

If you’ve got stir sticks left over from another DIY project, you can turn them into plant markers using paint and a Sharpie paint marker. “I used paint stir sticks that I buy in bulk,” says Tahnee Phan. “I chose to go with black acrylic paint, but I can see them being very cute in a variety of bright colors to pop in the garden, like purple for eggplant, red for tomatoes, orange for carrots, etc.”

Update your wooden spoons.

Upcycling has never looked so good. “I love color, and I love any opportunity to find a new use for household items,” says Beth Kingston. “These DIY garden markers were not only fun to make, they added a little pop of color to my vegetable garden in those first few weeks where you’re anxiously waiting to see if anything’s actually going to grow!” Get the step-by-step instructions on her blog, The Kingston Home.

This stenciling project is pretty — and pretty fast. “I wanted to create colorful and inexpensive plant markers using supplies I already had on hand,” says Mark LaFerney. “I love how quick and easy this project is. I really love an easy and affordable DIY. Plus, they look great and can be customized to match any home decor.”

Doodle on popsicle sticks.

If you want to show off some artistic flair, consider paint markers for your plant markers, like Maggie Nale did when she designed these stunners. “I love to draw and hand-lettering, and [had] been itching to use my new paint markers, [so] I decided to make my own plant markers,” says Nale. “My go-to inspiration is looking through Pinterest. I search for plant photos and lettering ideas. I found these large popsicle sticks at Lowe’s at the paint section. I sanded it, and used Uni-posca paint markers to draw and hand-letter. Then I added Mod Podge.”

Michaila Joy is a pro ceramicist, so she whips up these houseplant markers using porcelain clay. “I first roll out a slab of clay and let it air-dry a bit,” explains Joy. “I then draw out the plant marker [on] paper, cut it out, and use it as a guideline to cut out the markers on the clay with an X-Acto knife… I let it dry out completely, and then fire it in the kiln. Once it’s bisque fired, I stamp on the plant puns and dip them in clear glaze. They’re fired once more, and then they’re ready to use.” But get this: If you want to simplify at home, Joy says you can easily use polymer clay to shape these, which only requires baking in the oven.

Apartment Therapy’s Styling with Plants vertical was written and edited independently by the Apartment Therapy editorial team and generously underwritten by Greendigs.