If your fingers are increasingly green but you keep running out of places to put plants, you need to read this. As I'm currently running the shop from my house, I know this pain all too well so started looking around for ways to store all the plants without turning my home into a soulless warehouse. Here are some of the best ideas I found.
If you can drill
Not everyone can drill holes in their home but for the lucky ones among us who can, here are some ideas.
1. Use stylish coat hooks to create a display
Senecio rowleyanus hanging from coat hooks in my hallway
Turns out I wasn't the only one who had this idea. There's a brilliant article from Heather Young on Growing Spaces which shows you exactly how to set up this glorious display.
Image from Growing Spaces
Here's another way of using coat hooks for plant styling from @katiehome20 - it looks amazing and you can swap your display around very easily.
2. Screw hooks into walls
A kind of lo-fi version of the previous one, this one involves simply screwing hooks into the wall where you want your pretty plants to take center stage.
Photo of a beautiful bedroom plant display from bohotribex
Sarah from @homeandhaus uses hooks in her kitchen to create a beautiful window display.
A gorgeous kitchen nook full of plants
3. Stick a ladder on your ceiling. No, really.
@Katiehome20 has created an amazing display in her kitchen by convincing her other half to attach a ladder to the ceiling. It's attached with plugs, closed hooks and heavy duty rope.
Katie hung a ladder on her kitchen ceiling to display her plants
Another Katie, this time from Come down to the woods, has done the same and it looks amazing.
Image from @comedowntothewoods
4. Use a curtain rail to create a room divider
A clever idea from Apartment therapy is to use a plain Ikea curtain rail on the ceiling to create a room divider of greenery.
Plants make a beautiful room divider.
If you can't drill
Quite a few of us live in rented places where we're not allowed to drill into the walls. Here's a few ideas to play with.
5. Tension rods are your friends
Surprisingly good at bearing weight, tension rods (the kind you'd use for a shower curtain) work really well for creating plant displays in alcoves, doorways and in front of windows. Anywhere where you have two solid, flat surfaces, really.
Tension rod in my hallway with a ton of hoya linearis
@katiehome20 cleverly hangs her plants from an existing curtain rod.
Curtain rods are not just for curtains
6. S-hooks have to be the best invention EVER
I'm using S-hooks to hang plants from absolutely everything - including my shower. (Do excuse the sorry state of the plant - I rescue the ones that get sad before they find new homes.)
The monstera adansonii loves the humidity of a bathroom
Jenny from @plantbabystudio uses S-hooks to hang plants from shelves which I think is absolutely epic.
Double up the plant storage of a shelf with s-hooks
7. Clothes rails make epic plant stands
I've used clothes rails for this purpose before during pop-up shops and they make a stunning statement. Just cover in pretty like this stunning example from First Thyme Mom
The variety of pots, hangers and plant stands make this visually interesting.
I can't find who to credit for this picture but we can all appreciate what a great idea it is to put a teeny bit more effort into a clothes rail to turn it into a climbing plant paradise.
This looks so dreamy, I'm not sure I'd ever get out of bed
8. A movable display
This is one of those ideas that seems so obvious once someone's shown it to you. The simplicity of using an Ikea Raskog trolley to display plants is so striking and as a bonus, you can find the optimum conditions for your plants simply by wheeling them to it!
How clever is Brianna from Decor Lovin
9. Get bendy with wire
This one works really well with air plants. The spanish moss already comes with metal hooks so it's super easy to hang in the shower. (Quick tip - take them out when you're in the shower as they will not appreciate the shampoo and conditioner, no matter how much they look like hair.)
Air plants love the humidity of water but not the products we use
I had some bendy aluminium wire left over from a previous product so when I was looking for a way to display the air plantsso they don't sit in water and still look nice, it seemed obvious to make a sort of hanger out of it.
Air plants are displayed on an aluminium wire
I also keep my boston fern in the shower when I'm not using it in the hopes that I will finally manage to keep one of these alive for more than two weeks. My track record isn't great here so my commitment to this beauty is pretty low for the moment.
It's doing ok so far - three weeks in
I hope these help you - I really enjoyed putting these ideas together. And remember, if all else fails, you can just convince your child to become a moving plant stand like Sarah did with her daughter and the philodendron micans.