Styling With House Plants//My Top 8

Oh, Hello everyone, 

Some of my favorite things to add to a space to bring color, texture and life are house plants. They are also a natural way to purify your air! You guys are always asking me what the plants are in my photos and how to take care of them. So I've gathered a list of my top 8 house plants that are pretty easy to take care of and add so much life to your home or office.I know a lot of you have furry companions and will worry about them getting a hold of one of these plants.Please visit www.aspca.org to find out which ones are toxic. Just do your research before purchasing one to be safe. 

 Mood Board created by @Canva www.canva.com  Photos by Jamie East 

Mood Board created by @Canva www.canva.com

Photos by Jamie East 

 

1. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia most commonly known as the ZZ plant is virtually indestructible. It's the perfect plant for those of you with a brown thumb. It can live in the most dire of conditions. ZZ plant care starts with a lack of care. They do best if you leave them alone. That is one of my favorite things about my ZZ plant is that I can just let it be and check in on it from time to time. Much like your cacti, they need less rather than more water. I water my ZZ plant about once a month and it's in moderate to bright light. Throughout the month I check the soil and when it is dry throughout I give it some water. That has seemed to work well for me as I've had my ZZ plant for a year and it's thriving! Really the only way to knock off your ZZ plant is to over water it. So remember less water is more! ZZ plants are happy without fertilizer, so you really don't need to purchase it. Now, when styling my home or office I like to use my ZZ plant in areas where I need a little bit of height and to use in a negative space. Areas that need some color, depth and height to balance and harmonize the rest of the space. Currently my ZZ plant rests on an old mid-century modern stool that is to the right of my fire place mantle. In this location it connects to the other plants I have displayed on my mantle and adds a visual interest from the floor to the fireplace mantle. I purchased my ZZ plant from a local plant and flower store, House of Plants, here in Winston Salem NC. You can also purchase them at Lowes Home Improvement, Home Depot and sometimes even your local grocery store. Right now Lowes Home Improvement has them in multiple sizes from small to large, and they are priced very reasonably. Now, for those of you who have pets there are some websites that say they are toxic to cats and dogs www.homeguides.sfgate.com and the ASPCA www.aspca.org does not list the ZZ plant as being toxic to cats or dogs. Do some of your own research before purchasing your ZZ plant if you have furry companions just to be safe and have peace of mind. 

2. Oxalis Purple Shamrock is a plant that speaks to my heart. I love the rich vibrant purple leaves and that it has its very own circadian rhythm. It adds a different color to your most often green colored room of other house plants. During the day when the sunlight shines on this vibrant plant, the leaves perk up and look alive. When the sun goes down and night falls the leaves follow suit. It’s so amazing watching the plant wake up and fall asleep just as we do. I was first introduced to this mesmerizing plant by my best friend. She also loves house plants and it was in her lovely apartment one day that I was visiting. She gave me a few stems from the plant in a small vase of water and told me to plant them in a pot with soil when the stems began to root. That took about a few weeks. Once they rooted I planted them, now I have a ton of purple shamrock leaves. You can see in the photo on my mood board with this post. The most crucial element to remember when caring for this plant is to not over water it and make sure it is in a pot that drains. It also cannot tolerate temperatures above 80 degrees. It likes to be in moderate to bright light when indoors. I water my purple shamrock about once every week and half to two weeks. Just keep a check on the soil. You don’t want it to be bone dry but also not super moist. I keep mine in my kitchen on the window pane. It gets sunlight from the east in the early morning to noon and it thrives in that location. It also gives my white and black kitchen some vibrant color. I didn’t have to purchase my purple shamrock it was a gift, and I’ve been bestowing family members and friends stems so that they can grow their very own. Check your local plant and flower stores, I’m sure that some of them will carry the purple shamrock.

3.  Sansevieria most commonly known as the Snake Plant is one of the most tolerant plants around. The care is very straightforward and they can be neglected for weeks at a time and still maintain their architectural shape and color. I’ve be styling with these plants for at least two years now. I love the color, texture, and shape they bring to a space. I love plants that are easy to care for and require less maintenance and the snake plant is exactly that. The most important thing to remember is they can easily rot, so they need to be planted in a pot that drains well. They also require very little watering. It is best to let the soil dry out between watering so that you don’t over water them. I water my 4 snake plants that I have in my house once a month. Sometimes it’s over a month if the soil is not dry. I have placed my snake plants in my bathrooms and my bedroom that don’t get direct sunlight. I wanted to bring color and architectural shape to these rooms and the snake plant was by far the best choice. About once every two weeks I will bring them out to my patio for a few hours so they receive more sunlight. These plants also give a very mid-century modern feel to your home or office. You can find a wide variety of colors and sizes at Lowes Home Improvement, Home Depot and your local plant and flower stores.

4. Israeli Ruscus Greenery commonly known as butcher’s broom is mostly used in gardens and flower bouquets to add greenery and depth. I do not have a garden so I have not planted ruscus, however I decorate with it in tall vases throughout my home and spa business. I purchase my ruscus from my local grocery store in a bundle and they are inexpensive. They also last forever! I cut the stems and place them in water and change the water about once a week. These guys will last months before the green starts to fade and they begin to wilt. They are super low maintenance and add so much life and height to a vase or table top. When you visit stores like West Elm and Anthropologie they most often decorate their vases or table top arrangements with ruscus. I first discovered it when I purchased a flower vase from Anthropologie, and I’ve been decorating with it ever since. Visit your local grocery store and ask the florist if they carry it or where you could purchase some locally. You can also visit www.fiftyflowers.com to buy it in bunches.

5. The Fiddle Leaf Fig, ficus lyrata, is very fashion forward right now. You will see it repeatedly in-home décor magazines and blogs. For the past several years it has been gracing the covers and spreads of magazines across the country, not just because of its beauty but also because it is the perfect indoor plant. This indoor plant is tough and adapts easily to conditions. It can grow to be 6 feet tall and are perfect for tight corners in your home because it’s not bushy. I purchased my fiddle leaf fig from House of Plants here in Winston Salem NC and it was not cheap. I think I spent at least $60 because it was larger and mature. However big-box stores like Lowes Home Improvement and Home Depot often run specials so it’s possible to pick one up for less. Your local plant and flower stores may also offer rewards programs or punch cards for their customers to save money. This plant wants to be in bright consistent light, preferably by a sunny window. I’ve tried placing my fiddle leaf fig in areas that do not have direct sunlight and it started to not look so great. As soon as I moved it back to the sunny window it instantly transformed back to its tall columnar green self. Make sure it’s planted in a well-drained pot. Water only when soil is dry to the touch, then water thoroughly (until the water drains into the saucer) and allow to dry out again. So far, my fiddle leave fig has been easy to take care of. Right now, I don’t have the perfect place for it as far as decorating, however when we move into our new house (July 22nd!) I will have the perfect place for it.

6. The Pothos Plant is a great way to start caring for houseplants. They are very easy to care for and undemanding. These plants enjoy a wide range of environments and add lots of green to your space. I have moved my pothos between lowlight and bright indirect light and it’s done well in both conditions. This plant does require a balance with watering. You will want to let the plant dry out only the top two inches of soil before watering again. You do not want the roots to dry out as that can retard the overall health of the plant. I generally water my pothos every two weeks, however it’s sooner if I notice that the top portion of the soil is dry. I purchased my pothos last July when I was at the beach. I found a local nursery there and kind of went plant happy. You can find pothos in a lot of different retail settings like Lowes Home Improvement, Home Depot, and your local grocery or plant store. You can find small ones and ones that have grown huge like a vine. I would start small so you can get a feel for how you like it. Pothos are known for being toxic to dogs and cats so make sure your furry friends do not eat them. I like to decorate them throughout my space on mantles or bookshelves because the long vines connect shelves to one another and add a point of visual movement and interest.

7. Tillandsia commonly known as air plants are a low-maintenance houseplant that grows without soil. These little guys can be used to decorate in all types of vases, geometric wall planters, candle jars and really anything you can think of. These plants require bright, but filtered sunlight and they are tricky to water. To provide your air plant with the water it needs, you will have to submerge it in a dish of water for 12 hours. If you water it by submersion it will only need this every 10-14 days. The quickest way to knock off your air plant is neglecting it by not watering it enough. Other than that, they are very easy to take care of and easy to decorate with throughout any space. You can purchase air plants at your big-box stores like Lowes Home Improvement, Home Depot and your local plant and flower store will most likely have them as well. They come in many colors and sizes, so have fun searching for your perfect one or many.

8. Succulents are by far my favorite low-maintenance house plant. There are dozens of different types of succulents and they are for sale basically everywhere these days. Primarily, they like bright sunlight. So, place your succulents in an east, south, or west facing window. I have placed all my succulents in an east facing window and then a west facing one. They receive so much sun that they thrive and grow, and even bloom the occasional flower! You will want to water your succulent once the soil is very dry. It does not like to remain wet so make sure you have a fast draining pot and soil. I water my succulents about once a month. That’s it. I decorate with succulents all over my home. I place them on top of books, book shelves, window panes, TV consoles, mantles, bathrooms and anywhere I have a lot of light coming in. I love the look of succulents in red clay pots. That is probably my favorite way to display them. The best place to purchase your succulents is at your local plant and flower store or local nursery. They have the best variety, shapes, colors, and sizes to choose from. At one point, I owned 20 different types of succulents and I finally started giving them away as gifts to family, friends, and clients. Giving plants as presents is generally a great gift. Just make sure the person you are giving to is willing to take on that responsibility 😉