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.

Savannah West

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Savannah is Assistant Editor for the Home Team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing about style tips, product launches, or interviewing designers, you can catch her re-watching Gossip Girl or on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a proud HBCU graduate and Clark Atlanta University alumna who believes there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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I Don’t Have a Green Thumb, But These Stylish Planters Are Keeping My Plants Alive

I Don’t Have a Green Thumb, But These Stylish Planters Are Keeping My Plants Alive

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Bright, natural light in my apartment is a rare sight, but when it does come, it cheekily aims itself at the back wall of my living room, spitefully dodging each and every floor plant I have. Plant stands could never quite reach the light, nor did they protect my plants from my cat’s frequent and destructive munchies. I’d also failed too many times at hanging plants from the ceiling to attempt that route again. Discovering Loop Living’s wall hanging planter bundles gave me some relief — maybe I could display my plants in a cool way while keeping them fed and away from my cat. It was the installation I was worried about.

But take it from me: There’s nothing to worry about. Loop Living’s wall planters come in a small, lightweight box along with the screw and anchor needed to install them. They even have how-to videos that clearly visualize the assembly process, which I found extremely helpful, just be sure to hang your plants on a concrete, brick, or studded wall — no drywall! I apprehensively started with just one planter from my bundle of two, but I was able to install the floating hanger arm in no time at all. The rope and wooden hoop planter holder are already attached, so not only was the hardest part already done… It wasn’t even that hard! Once I had my plant happily repotted in its new Loop Living self-watering planter (there’s a video on that, too), I nestled the small dish that’s included into the hanger’s wood hoop, following suit with my plant. Done.

Here’s the exciting part: One week later, my English ivy (for which I had little hope) was thriving. Like, twice-as-many-leaves thriving. The self-watering mechanism involves rope that extends through the bottom of the planter and rests inside the small dish. The dish acts as a water reservoir, feeding water to the rope which slowly carries moisture back into the plant. Now, I can leave for weeks at a time and not worry about my plants. I can even leave the room for a few minutes and not worry about my cat dotting them with bite marks. Not only do I have living (read: thriving) wall art now that gets me all the compliments, but it’s art that sustains and fortifies itself, growing, changing, and getting more beautiful over time. When’s the last time anything under $100 did as much for your space?

6 Easy, Fast-Growing Flower Seeds for Impatient Gardeners and Novice Planters

6 Easy, Fast-Growing Flower Seeds for Impatient Gardeners and Novice Planters

Growing flowers from seed is accessible and affordable — but it can be hard to wait for those seeds to turn into beautiful blooms. Instant gratification is not something generally associated with gardening. You must maintain some amount of chill and patience to plant seeds, nurture them, and wait for their little buds to form. But that’s not to say that there’s no room for impatient people in the garden! In fact, there are a few gorgeous flowers that can be grown from seed within 60 days, and sometimes less. And for garden plants, which can sometimes take years to produce flowers worthy of cut arrangements, that’s practically instantaneous.

Starting seeds can feel like a lot of commitment and seem intricate when you first get into it. Don’t fret — it’s often easier than it seems. Emily Round, the owner of Grounded Flower Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts, is no stranger to fostering blooms from seed. She says the key to success is to pay attention to the information provided to you on the back of the packet, since the preferences of individual plants can vary widely. “Some seeds need the sun to germinate and shouldn’t be covered with soil, others like it dark. Some hot and some cold,” she says. “There are thousands of flowers out there and there’s no reason to memorize what they all like when it’s right there [on the packaging].”

The takeaway? You can know almost nothing and still get seeds to germinate, as long as you’re willing to read and follow instructions. And even better, you can get some of those seeds to become recognizable flowers in a couple months. Impatient and novice gardeners, this seed list is just for you. These six picks are the easiest and fastest flower seeds for you to try seed-starting with this year.

Zinnias are an easy-to-find classic. They come in practically every color you can think of, are great for cutting, and start to show their little sprouting leaves in as little as five days under the right conditions. Zinnias love warm soil, and you can direct sow these babies in your garden once it’s 70 degrees or above. Keep them watered and watch them thrive. You can expect zinnias to blossom within two months of planting.

This is a Grounded Flowers fave! In addition to the classic orange, the flower world has created some beautiful calendula flowers in the past few years, like pale yellow and pink hues. As a bonus, these flowers help repel rabbits who might otherwise make a buffet of your garden. You’ll see these bloom about eight weeks after planting.

Nasturtium flowers generally function as a pest trap in my garden, since they draw aphids away from other more susceptible plants — but what a beautiful trap they are! You can find yellow, red, orange, even splattered pattern varieties of this vining beauty. These pop up shockingly fast; you could see flowers from seed in as few as 35 days from germination. As with all seed-starting, you’ll want to make sure you keep them moist from the moment they’re in the dirt.

Also called starflower, these pretty blue blooms self-seed — so if you plant them this year, you might find even more popping up next year without any work on your end. But in the meantime, deadheading after the blooms start to shrivel will help stop the plant from turning its energy into seeds and will bring you as many blooms as possible. Later, toward the end of the season, leave those spent flowers in place to turn into seeds for next year.

If you’re a person who fills your containers with annuals, grow yourself as much sweet alyssum as you have room for. It’s a fantastic filler and spiller — meaning its voluminous shape will fill up empty space and even trail over planter edges — and it’s known for its delicious-smelling teeny blooms. From seed to flower, sweet alyssum only takes about two months. It also attracts hover flies and lady bugs, both of which eat the aphids that chomp on all your favorite plants. Plant some sweet alyssum and it’ll be working harder than any other plant in your garden!

This stunner will take about seven weeks to bloom, and once it does you’ll get flowers until the end of your growing season. Cosmos can’t be stopped and thrive on neglect, so they’re perfect for anyone looking for maximum color with minimum effort. You don’t ever want to over-water your cosmos, which prefer to dry out — meaning skipping or forgetting watering days isn’t going to be an issue here. Deadhead these delicate-looking things to get even more flowers. This is another self-seeder, so if you let yourself be lazy about tidying these up towards the end of the season, you’ll likely get some seeds that will grow in next year.

Cheryl Rafuse

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Cheryl Rafuse is a professional gardener planting and designing in Beverly, MA. Her company Plant Magic Gardens focuses on ecologically conscious gardens filled with native plants and pollinator favorites. She enjoys a good moss patch and loves the scent of violets. Cheryl can reliably be found covered in dirt with weeds in her pockets, much to the chagrin of her partner and two lovely cats.

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This Spanish Bungalow for Sale in San Diego Is Like a Mahogany Greenhouse

This Spanish Bungalow for Sale in San Diego Is Like a Mahogany Greenhouse

Though the solstice hasn’t quite arrived yet, it’s firmly summertime in my book. The sun is shining, the sweat is sweating, and the windows are flung all the way open. And in this Southern California home, the houseplants are thriving. It’s not hard to see why: The single-story home is absolutely flooded with sunshine, making the whole place feel like one big sunroom or greenhouse. 

But the unexpected accent to all of the light and those bright white walls? Tons of mahogany wood, from the kitchen cabinets and the pulley windows to the doors and the built-ins throughout. Around the mahogany dining table, a U-shaped leather banquette creates a nook that feels like the best booth at an old-school restaurant. 

Other unique features include antique push-button light switches, a large farmhouse sink made completely of copper, and red oak hardwood floors that date back to the home’s 1930s construction. 

Outside, a terracotta-colored patio houses provides plenty more room for plants, trees, lounge chairs, not to mention a fountain and a jacuzzi to boot. 

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