Houseplants have kept many of us company during the pandemic, and the good news is that there’s a plant for any home, big or small, well-lit or not.
There’s also a virtual jungle of stylish containers to show them off in.
“I love incorporating plants into our interior spaces,” says designer Mel Bean of Tulsa, Oklahoma, “both for the sense of life they bring and for their contribution to improving the quality of living. indoor air. I prefer plants of significant size in large containers rather than many small pots. This creates dramatic impact while feeling sculptural rather than cluttered.
Bean’s go-to store is Bloomscape, which offers a range of simple pots, in soft hues, made from 80% recycled ocean plastic. There are practical wheeled saucers for larger plants and bamboo supports that fit the pot.
Other great planter and bracket options:
IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES
Clever shapes, like a smooth-sided planter that doubles as a bookend on a shelf, can solve limited space issues.
“It’s unique, interesting and a particularly innovative idea for anyone living in an apartment or smaller space,” Jennifer Aldrich, editor of Better Homes & Gardens, wrote in the magazine recently.
A hand-glazed sea-green finish on Holistic Habitat’s Pita Bookend Planters gives them a handcrafted look. And Urban Outfitters’ pair of bookends serve a dual purpose as well; the earthenware glaze makes them look great on a shelf.
Miijmoj Design transforms a cantilevered oak plank into a bookend and adds a cylindrical vase, which can be filled with an air plant or a single stem.
Free standing planters literally and figuratively enhance your greenery.
Tortuga Living, based in Brooklyn, New York, collaborated with Farrah Sit, founder of Light + Ladder studio, on the Platform Vessel collection. The concrete and terrazzo stone bowls and planters in various sizes were inspired by the geometric forms of Bauhaus architecture and can be used indoors or outdoors.
Chen-Yen Wei and Hung-Ming Chen’s Story Planter, a series of collapsible containers, can be paired with their Story Bookshelf shelf so plants and books are displayed together in a vertical stack with a compact footprint.
“It wasn’t an easy task, although it sounds really simple,” Hung-Ming says in a studio mission statement. “We hope people see it as a quiet, functional sculpture.”
Or just use a small tray table, like this black steel framed one from Smith & Hawken with a removable wooden top.
Many planters are themselves works of art. The Muse Dora Maar planter by Jonathan Adler was inspired by the French poet, painter and muse of Picasso. A modernist sculpted face encircles the cement vase; filling it with a fall of feathery ferns, or a tall, slender tree, would add another dimension to the profile.
Mid-Century Modern designer Arthur Umanoff’s 1961 rattan and steel planter could be a chic addition to a room with a similar aesthetic. And the warm, wavy texture would also look great in a contemporary, boho-inspired or maximalist space.
Textured or fluted ceramic, especially in a matte finish, can elevate even the most basic houseplant. You’ll find affordable options in Target’s Opalhouse and Project 62 collections.
At Lightology, Kenneth Cobonpue’s faceted oxidized metal Boulders planters bring a masculine mid-century vibe to the table.
Brittany Farinas, director of Miami design firm House of One, explored “botanical art,” like a wall of preserved moss in a recent project.
“There are endless possibilities when designing with preserved moss,” she says.
“Not only does it bring life and vibrancy to the home, but it acts as a conversation piece.”
Farinas worked on the moss wall with the Plant the Future team in Miami. The design studio also runs a shop offering wooden shapes like burl balls or driftwood troughs that can be filled with foam. Gnarled, weathered specimens with tufts of green sticking out of the nooks are natural works of art.
Wall planters are a fun way to play with indoor plants. If you have a motley collection, placing them on a wall can evoke an indoor jungle or porch vibe. If you opt for a more organized arrangement — say, cacti, succulents, or some type of trailing vine — you’ll create an artistic, architectural look.
The Romy collection of wall planters from Holistic Habitat features curved white ceramic cylinders, blending sculptural art with the greenery you place in them. Then there’s the Geo, with a thin circle of copper cradling the clay pot; it is a living wall lamp.
Swedish company Wetpot offers a self-watering pot that ensures you don’t over or under water. A terracotta planter, available in two sizes for two smaller plants or, perhaps, a potted fern, sits inside a hand-blown glass reservoir; fill the reservoir and the plants will absorb what they need.
Loop Living’s Eli Manekin has designed a thoughtful collection of self-watering planters that hang elegantly from the wall or ceiling on wooden rods, knobs or loops.
Arhaus Miramar pots combine a spacious bowl and a large cylinder, so plants can be transferred from a small first home to larger digs as they grow.
A bar cart makes a nifty plant table that can be moved around to catch the sun. Ferm Living’s slim powder-coated steel planter, a best seller on the 2Modern site, comes in hues like pink, gray and olive; filled with greenery, it could serve as a pretty room divider.
Macrame hanging planters have a 70s vibe. Options available online include Hay’s cool Phanta plant hanger, in black, green or blue, and made from recycled materials.
Or make your own. At www.kenarry.com you will find instructions for a simple structure that can be adapted to any size pot. On www.hellonest.co there is a slightly more sophisticated one, but it still only uses three nodes. A video guides you through the process.
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