Bringing the outside in is a timeless element that gives a home life, character and a little extra oxygen. Greenery doesn’t just look pretty but it can provide loads of benefits, too. From reducing stress and creating a feeling of well-being to improving air quality and helping to lower background noise. Interior landscaping makes us more productive, feel more at ease, stimulated and even more interested. What’s not to love!? As a huge supporter of adding a little (or a lot) of greenery to any space, I’ve been on a kick for beautiful indoor plants...and equally amazing pots + planters. From my "Filler is the new Floral" to the perfect potted plant, I am here to give you some of my #TheNewSouthern favorites.
My number one tip? Don’t kill it! Find plants that are super low maintenance. This means low light and watering just 1x a week!
Lately, I’m into Banana Trees and Birds of Paradise for their large leaves that give a tropical, warm feel. I also love Snake Plants, English Ivy, Meyer Lemon trees, Olive trees (which I like to call the NEW fiddle leaf fig) for some elevated sophistication, and and all time lasting favorite cacti + succulents.
If you don’t want to jump right into being a plant owner you can take baby steps with the Israeli Ruscus (Hello, Filler is the new Floral) which gives a really great fresh indoor/outdoor feel.
Going local (look within your own communities for local nurseries) is the perfect way to support small business and stay true to The New Southern way!
My top Nashville Green Thumb spots are:
The Tulip Tree — A go to for Orchids and potted Topiaries.
The Hewitt Garden & Design Center — Well worth the drive to Franklin, TN.
Flora Plant Shop — They even offer rentals and consultations!
Gardens of Babylon — This downtown shop is huge and has lots of options.
Import Flowers - The perfect place to find my favorite filler.
FLWR Shop — They always have the cutest arrangements!
*If you don’t live in Nashville or Tennessee, seek out your local plant spots or head over to your nearest Home Depot!*
The planter is as equally important as the plant!
After finding your star plant...picking the planter is where you can have some decorative fun and build some charm on any home surface. Show your personality — go contemporary with a planter and stand combo, weaved baskets for a chilled out vibe, or try out a classic cylinder glass jar. You can get creative with this and make sure that it ties into the rest of your space.
I love taking an unexpected place in your own home and crafting it into a spot of visual interest — using plants as the focus!
Greenery makes an incredible topper for books and are great for transition points. Consider putting your plant on a pedestal and placing a frame on the wall behind it for a fun, green moment.