The Green Room

Plants hold a special place in design.  Besides the obvious benefit of the oxygen they produce, plants add warmth and dimension to any space and are a quick way to transform a house into a home. Be careful to choose plants that fit your lifestyle to avoid the guilt of having dead plants on your hands.  A word of warning_once you get started, there's a chance you could become a plant addict and end up with your very own jungle.   

Spiny cacti perch near a sunny window in the green room out back.

Spiny cacti perch near a sunny window in the green room out back.

Cacti

No plant lover's home is complete without the addition of cacti.  They come in an array of shapes and sizes.  (Above) A small grouping of cacti are planted in classic terra-cotta pots and a speckled thrift store stunner.  These hardy plants are drought tolerant in their natural habitat and only require watering once or twice a month depending on the season.

Pretty in pink (cactus in bloom).

Pretty in pink (cactus in bloom).

Blooming Beauty

Many people don't realize that cacti are flowering plants.  Above, a  mammillaria rhodantha "rainbow pincushion" displays its magenta flowers.  Other varieties bloom in orange and yellows.  

Strategically placed succulents soak up the sun in the shadow of a Hope Philodendron. 

Strategically placed succulents soak up the sun in the shadow of a Hope Philodendron. 

Sophisticated Succulents

Another must-have plant for any real design enthusiast are succulents.  This is a huge family of plants that store water.  The varieties are as vast as they are beautiful.  Have fun collecting shapes that appeal to your design aesthetic.  Choose pots that compliment your plant and be sure to research the size of the adult species, water, light, and other needs of the plant.  This will ensure a healthy plant.