My windowsill is on an ever-evolving rotation of plants reflecting an ebb and flow of my mood and the seasons. Much like the energy of a house that lives and breathes along with the inhabitants, I like to bring life to the kitchen through a variety of ways to pot and present plants. I look out of my kitchen window everyday so it's well worth keeping a view that's fresh!
Today's tip for creating an inspiring view...
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Create a collection using unconventional pots
This could mean for you...a whimsical mug, vintage tins, used jars, or other found objects and containers in your kitchen. I couldn't resist finding a reason to use these Roost turquoise tealight holders, paired with plants inspired by our recent trip out to San Diego. We explored the Huntington Library, a bountiful combination of 14 botanical gardens in one! Most impressive and memorable was the Desert Garden of cactus & succulents.
A few design considerations when creating a collection.
1 - Use different heights, shapes or sizes of containers for added visual interest.
2 - Contrast soft and hard textured plants.
3 - Tie it together with a unifying element.
How I put it together...
1 - Poured a layer of small red lava rock to line the bottoms for drainage.
2 - Used succulent soil, not regular soil for cactus and succulents to ensure proper aeration.
3 - Potted the plants and added a layer of lava rock to top off each plant (also a unifying element and makes for a more refined look!) I used a soft fluffy cactus + leafy pink hypoestes + structured hen & chick succulent + tealight holders from Sprout Home, but you can also find it at this cute online-boutique home goods shop Sugarboo & Co.
Note on light: my window is South facing which is the best for full sun plants (which is why I end up putting a lot of succulents there). For East or West facing you'll want plants that are part sun loving and south facing, most likely more shade loving plants will do better.) Of course depending on what kind of buildings or lack of obstructions you have in your view can affect how much light you receive and should be considered as well.
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