Decorating With House Plants
Seven ideas for gorgeous displays and the secrets for keeping your indoor greenery growing strong. By Danielle Claro
Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
Enjoy the Grandeur of Topiaries Without the Formality
Lollipop-shaped Muehlenbeckia have a sort of conservatory-gone-wild charm. In an unfussy row, they feel classical but still
relaxed. Since these topiaries don’t need direct sunlight, they can live in the middle of a room, away from windows. Set them
on a narrow table or console behind a sofa as an organic room divider. A galvanized tray is perfect for catching water, protecting
your furniture, and bringing polish to the grouping. You can find nine-inch topiaries like these at upscale nurseries, starting
at about $35 each; ivy and myrtle also work well.
Care: Indirect light. Water whenever the surface of the soil is dry to the touch.
Zinc tray (24 by 7 inches), $11, jamaligarden.com.