As houseplants continue to soar in popularity, there are more and more places to buy them, and yet certain specimens still seem ridiculously hard to get hold of. I am frequently asked - where do you buy your plants? So here’s my potted guide to the best places to purchase houseplants in the US.*Read More
As houseplants continue to soar in popularity, there are more and more places to buy them, and yet certain specimens still seem ridiculously hard to get hold of. I am frequently asked - where do you buy your plants? So here’s my potted guide to the best places to purchase houseplants in the UK.Read More
In my recent interview with James Wong (on The Ledge episode 13) we talk about the power of Instagram to inspire people, and to change the horticultural landscape in terms of plants that go from zero to hero (Coleus is definitely about to get cool, people ...).
So I thought it would be useful to line up 10 of the many, many houseplant people I follow on Instagram - and you should too. I'm on Instagram as @j.l.perrone, and James Wong's there as @botanygeek, so why not come over and say hi?
I've missed many great folks off this list, I know, but tell me who you follow in the comments...Read More
Mammillarias dotted with flowers in all the luminous colours of a rack of neon pop socks in C&A, circa 1983; the old man cactus, Cephalocereus senilis, outdoing ZZ Top for the sheer luxuriance of its hairdo; the huge tree-like, branched saguaro cactus of the Sonoran Desert, used as a visual shorthand for "the wild west" in every cowboy movies, ever.
It's been satisfying, in the last five years or so, to see something that I love turn from a niche interest into a pervasive presence in every hip coffee shop and style magazine. "Ah, you finally got it - about time" I think to myself, smugly. But that is an unfair representation of the enduring symbolic power of the cactus: people have loved and revered these plants since before recorded human history, and will continue to do so once the current fad dies down.Read More
You want a houseplant that doesn't mind if you overwater it, needs absolutely no care and will look exactly the same six months in as the day you bought it? Let me introduce you to your new favourite, the marimo moss ball.Read More
When I was a kid, Woolworths was my go-to place to buy houseplants: since that store's demise, IKEA has taken its place as a shop where I always end up leaving with at least one plant. As many garden centres stopped selling houseplants in the early '00s, IKEA became a trendsetter for indoor gardening - selling the classics, but also introducing us to new plants that will grow well in our modern homes.
I wanted to find out a bit more about how IKEA's plant sales work, and I managed to get Anna Liakh, Sales Responsible for Plants at IKEA Global, to help me out.Read More