Like people, plants have their own personality.
Millenials have fallen hard for the houseplant as a recent New York Times article on millennials and their plant obsession detailed in March. You know it has hit peak attention when you get this hysterical spoof on how to care for houseplants in the same publication only three months later (a must read!). Whether you’re young and new to plants, or young at heart and interested in adding a friend to your family, we have you covered. This blog entry is all about plants and their personalities. With all this plant love happening, we wanted to give plant newbies a little insight into picking plants for themselves or for a friend as a gift. Our last blog covered 14 popular houseplants and how to care for them and if you are social media savvy, check out our blog on Instagram plant accounts worthy of a follow.
Plants make great gifts
Matching the right plant with the right person can be an interesting adventure. Some are straightforward like the cactus or snake plant, while others offer a more varied appeal to styles and tastes. We decided to help you get a better feel for our friends to help you pick one for yourself, or as a gift. Plants make great gifts so don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff members to help you with your selection if you have questions. We also offer a large variety and selection online at greenfreshflorals.com.
Ideal for a contemporary home or office, the Sansaveria, known also as the Snake plant, will make your hip friend a happy camper. This easy-to-care-for plant shown above is in a 10″ ceramic pot, ideal for any contemporary setting at home, on a patio deck, or an office. This combination is available in three sizes and various color combinations in addition to high-gloss black and high-gloss white.
The Urban Cowboy
There is a bit of outback in all of us, especially in the Southwest United States. The cactus above is in a 10″ buff clay ceramic pot and is an ideal plant for a Southwestern home, takes little effort to thrive, and enjoys plenty of warm sunshine on a patio or near a window. Available in 6”, 8” and 10” size pots with various cactus types. Have a preference? Just let us know and we will make it for you.
The twirling bands of long, striated leaves falling from the ponytail palm create a free-spirited vibe that makes this plant an eclectic, unique houseplant. The ponytail palm above is shown in a contemporary sunflower yellow ceramic pot. A perfect gift for a yoga lover or tarot card reader, this plant is one that will be a talking point for years to come. Available in a variety of ceramic pot colors and sizes.
The New Bohemian
A hat tip to Justina Blakeney and her lifestyle blog, Jungalow, to provide all the necessary design, style, and plant advice for what she calls, the New Bohemian. No other plant embodies that spirit like the mighty monstera deliciousa and its grand iconic leaf. This is a houseplant for those with a spirit of adventure who are bold and always trying something new. This hearty plant looks perfect in a honey glazed ceramic pot (pictured above) next to pattern on pattern, abstract textiles, bold colors, and bohemian decor as defined by Blakeney. Just don’t forget to give it some love. Available in various sizes and ceramic pot color combinations.
The Succulent Lover
Succulents are the everyday plant of the millennial generation. Even the best urban gardener, however, likes to mix it up and find new ways to plant, nurture, and grow. This Modern Sprout Gro Pack is filled with succulent plants and is a perfect addition to a patio, garden wall, or railing and makes a perfect gift. We can even plant it for you. Or check out our selection of herb planters perfect for a tight kitchen. Any way you grow it, we have you covered. Available in two sizes.
The Black Thumb
Everyone, even a black thumb, can master the care of the indestructible ZZ Plant. The ZZ needs little water as it thrives in a dry environment. This plant is used in offices and creative spaces around the world because it is so easy to care for and hard to kill. This is a perfect gift for the person who doesn’t have the almighty green thumb. Available in a variety of sizes and pot colors. We can also plant it in a custom pot of your choosing.
What better for a student than a plant that can grow anywhere, including a bathroom with no sunlight, and even in a jar of water. The pothos plant can take a beating and keep on thriving through long nights and lonely days. A great simple houseplant for the person on the go, a busy student, or someone new to houseplants. Available in several pot colors and sizes.
One of the hearty houseplants, the fiddle leaf ficus (or fig) is an easy-care plant that is tall and showy with round plate-like leaves. You will find this beauty in professional offices and homes alike due to its look and ease-of-care. Like a business professional, this plant is ready to work and stands at attention. Available in a range of sizes and ceramic pot color combinations.
The Social Media Maverick
We’ve documented the power of the pilea in the social media world of Instagram before, but there is no getting around this plants popularity. We have a hard time keeping this in-stock and people gravitate to it for housewarming gifts, birthdays, and special occasions. Offered currently in one size-pot combination but we can plant one up in a pot of your choosing. And don’t forget to take a look at our pilea care tips.
The dragon tree houseplant is the generalist because it is an all-around great plant that is ideal for homes and work spaces alike. Clean, simple, and a bit showy, this plant is one of the more popular choices we offer. Available in a range of sizes and pot color combinations. We can also plant one up in the pot of your choosing.
Need additional help?
We stock several paperback plant books that are great resources for a new urban plant adventure. Happy Houseplant is a small but packed guide to picking and caring for houseplants while Plant Society and Leaf Supply add insight into using houseplants for interior design and styling along with valuable care tips.
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