This post was sponsored by 1-800-Flowers.com, all opinions expressed are my own - as always!
Have you been thinking of bringing more plants into your home, but don’t know what types to choose or how to style them? If so, I’m here to help! I recently partnered with 1-800-Flowers.com to add more planties to my dining room, and I’m sharing my tips on how to choose the right plants for you and your casa.
Assess Your Sunlight
The first step in choosing the right plant for your space is figuring out how much sunlight the room gets. Different plants require different amounts of light - if your room is on the darker side, you probably don’t want to fill it with succulents and cactus! My dining room gets great indirect light throughout the day, so luckily I’m able to fill the room with all sorts of different plants. The Plant Shop at 1-800-Flowers.com features houseplants, succulents, blooming plants, bonsai and bamboo, plus resources to help customers select and care for plants. One of the things I loved about picking new bbs on their site is that they tell you exactly how much sun each plant needs to stay healthy and happy.
What Type of Plant Parent Are You?
According to the National Gardening Association, the houseplant business in the U.S. has increased to $1.7 billion in the last three years, with demand driven by millennial customers and individuals seeking the health and wellness benefits of plants. That means there are a lot of first time plant parents out there right now - amaze!! Which leads me to the next step in picking the perf plant - assess your plant parenting experience. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or experienced plant parent? Are you ready to put in the work with a higher maintenance species? If this is your first houseplant, you may want to start with a low-maintenance, easy to care for bb such as a Snake Plant or ZZ Plant. (These two will stick with you even if you forget to water them every now and then, and are especially good in low lighting situations.) You could also go with a Hawaiian Umbrella Tree, like the one I chose for my dining room table. They’re great for beginners and can thrive in any light environment.
If you’re looking to green up your dining table, picking a larger sized statement plant is a great way to do it. Extra points for a beautiful, eye catching ceramic pot or container!
Once you’ve found the right type of plants for you and your home, it’s time to start planning where to put them. I try to fill every available nook in my home with plants - but remember, an indoor oasis doesn’t happen overnight! Start by filling in the largest empty spots that could really use a bit of greenery. A leafy floor plant is the perf way to do this! I chose a Peace Lily Plant for an empty corner in my dining room and I’m obsessed. It’s so lush and gorge, Eddie and I can’t get over its beautiful glossy green leaves. It arrived in a sweet wicker basket that matches our home decor perfectly.
This plant arrived so healthy, it even had new leaves ready to unfurl.
If you’re running low on floor or shelf space, hanging plants are a great way to go. Pothos and Philodendrons are my fave for hanging, but really any plant can be a hanging plant if it’s the right size! Place them in a macrame or jute hanger and loop a hook through the top, then hang them from curtain rods, doorways, or any sort of sturdy ledge. This is a great easy option if you want to be able to move your plants around and switch up your room style. Another more permanent option is to drill a hook in your ceiling.
Play Around With Size
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of caring for a larger plant, start small! Even the tiniest green bb will make a big difference in your home. This lil Succulent Garden in a pretty ceramic white pot was the perf addition to our bar cart. It comes with an assortment of different green succs, so even though it’s small, you get a super sweet variety.
I love how it looks styled next to my wild Ponytail Palm. Place smaller plants next to bigger ones on a shelf, table, or bar cart for a cute juxtaposition.
Once you’ve started creating your own lil plant oasis, why not spread the joy to your family and friends! 1-800-Flowers.com has introduced a Plant Gift Guide, where you can obtain resources to help select and care for plants, such as shopping by plant type, viewing best sellers and read exclusive curated content such as Easy-to-Care-for Indoor Plants, The 7 Best Plants to Use in Your Office, Health Benefits of Plants and more.
I hope those tips were helpful! Happy plant-parenting :)