Filling your space with plants is the easiest way to give your space life and color, but as a lifelong plant killer I will be the first to admit that I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to buying and taking care of anything green. I'm always in awe of the beautiful, plant-filled spaces I come across and wonder how to achieve that bohemian garden vibe in my own apartment. So, while scrolling through Pinterest (ahem, working) I came across Anna Harris of Experimental Vintage and asked her to give us her do's and don'ts for all aspiring plant ladies (and gentlemen) out there.
DO learn the basic care tips when purchasing a new plant. Does it like lots of sun, or shade? How often does it need watering? Take the time to ask the salesperson at the nursery or market any and all questions, often they're experts who love to share their plant expertise. The more you know what your plants need to be happy, the more successful you'll be at keeping them lush and green.
DON'T be too hard on yourself. Like everything, mastering proper plant care takes time. Practice makes perfect! Your "brown thumb" will start to turn green the more time you spend understanding what your plants need. And remember, all plants have a lifespan, some much shorter than others. So don't feel horrible when you have to throw that crispy brown fern in the compost bin, you'll do better next go 'round!
DO feel comfortable moving your plants around in your space as your interior design evolves. The succulent that looks great on your coffee table might look just as great on the mantle next week. Plant migration is a great way to keep your space looking fresh. Just make sure you move them to a place where they get enough light and be extra careful if it's a finicky species (don't you dare touch that fiddle leaf fig!).
DON'T feel like you are limited to putting plants in terracotta pots. Mix it up by finding vintage pottery, cool mugs, or sturdy baskets to display your greenery. I like to go to flea markets and find several unique vessels, then purchase cooresponding plants in varying sizes. Match the personality of the plant to the personality of the pot!
DO feel confident pairing different kinds of plants together. Displaying hanging plants among potted ones allows you to let their leaves intertwine and is a great way to create that overgrown "boho" look. I try to follow the "rule of three", which says that setting objects up in odd numbers creates the most aesthetic harmony.
DON'T be afraid to go a little plant crazy! You can add greenery almost anywhere, at ground level, eye level, or anywhere overhead (think vine-y hanging plants). The more plant friends you add, the more alive your space will feel.
DO have fun with your plants. Hang out with them. Play music for them. The more intentional time you spend with your greenery, the happier you all will be!
Shop Anna's picks here!