9 Home Bits for Plant Lovers (And Killers)
Level up on your home’s beautiful (or dying) botany with gardening accessories, fake but believable blooms, art and more
image Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
words Heather Gwyther
Nature is healing. Don’t scoff! The fact that this statement became a meme in 2020 doesn’t make it any less true. Being in nature boosts your mood and aids concentration, but how do you reap the benefits of nature on days you can’t be bothered to leave the house?
Houseplants are categorically lovely, and an easy way to level up any space whatever your aesthetic, or maybe more importantly, memory levels for watering and upkeep are. Ferns, for example, only require monthly watering and don’t even mind a bit of a lack of light. Succulents are also a low-stakes, high-aesthetic investment. Now too, botany is basically its own homeware category.
You might have the prettiest orchids or the most luscious aloe vera, but a crushed up Evian water bottle or plastic garden centre plant bot aren’t the vibe. Here’s some excuses to purchase an ornate watering can - some art, curtains, and other botany-based homeware bits. Here’s to having a space filled with life itself.
Aloe Vera is Healing
Leaf Envy - Aloe Vera Plant
A botanical homeware edit that doesn’t feature an actual plant? Unthinkable. So here’s a low-maintenance offering. Aloe vera is a handy and easy plant to grow and upkeep, with skin-healing properties from 75 different nutrients should you cut open the leaves for its clear gel. Keep it in a space with bright light - like a bedroom or kitchen.
Plant Prints (Impossible to Kill)
Lizzi Mann - Painting #05
Botanical homeware isn’t always green and prone to unexpected death - sometimes, it’s monochrome, and a real keep forever piece. This striking painting by Lizzi Mann, a South London based artist specialising in handmade textiles, printmaking and painting, is one. Her artworks are meditative and stylish for any space.
Plant Pot Speaker, for Houseplant House Parties
Asos - Thumbs Up Plant Pot Speaker
Plants and partying were never mutually exclusive in the first place, but this is for anyone whoever doubted their union. With innovative touch-sensitive technology, the pot plays songs when plant is touched - Ranunculus raves!
Fake Potted Plants You Can't Possibly Murder
Ikea - FEJKA Artificial Potted Plant
We’re all faking it somewhat, so there’s no shame in favouring artificial plants over real ones - the former never die, although we do recommend dusting them once in a while. No green thumbs needed for this hanging plant that looks like eucalyptus. IKEA is also working towards making all of its home furnishing products made from plastic to be derived from recycled and renewable raw materials.
Terracotta Pot Which May Outlive the Actual Plan
Carmen Boyd Ceramics - Hanging Terracotta Plant Pot
Turn walls into wonders with a hanging plant pot. Plants may well get more light in one of these too. Made from terracotta clay, it retains its porous quality to collect hydration for your plant. Pot anything in this with small stones at the bottom to keep plant rot at bay.
Mister Succulent, you thirsty?
Ohh Deer - Green Glass Plant Mister
Some plants need you to have mastered mistering, rather than a more liberal watering technique. Here’s a suitably gorgeous, delicate little vessel for that. It’s perfect for succulents, cacti and smaller plants.
How To Raise a Plant: A Bible
How To Raise a Plant and Make It Love You Back by Morgan Doane and Erin Harding
Well, if you’re going to raise a plant you might as well be serious about it - 165 pages for gardening enthusiasts, botanist wannabes and anyone who struggles with even keeping succulents alive.
Plant Life Support
Bubblegum Stuff - Self-Watering System For Plants
Scared to go on holiday for fear of neglecting your plants? A forgetful victim to dead leaves and dry as the desert soil? Fear not - this self-watering system is a thirst aid solution to sustaining your plants.
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