Joseph De Sciose
Rejoice--you've thrown out the Christmas tree. But now the room feels surprisingly empty without the presence of something green and alive. Fill the space with a tall arrangement of houseplants, and get a vibrant, fresh look to enjoy throughout the year.
Do a Little or a Lot
Make your houseplant arrangement big or small, depending on the amount of space you have and the number of containers on hand. Choose three plants: one tall, one midsize, and one trailing. Chinese fan palm (Livistona chinensis), 'Limelight' dracaena, and 'Brasil' heart-leaf philodendron are just a few options. Here are three great ways to put them together.
A tall, sleek container--measuring 24 inches across at the top--holds all three plants in a neat, tidy display. The pot allows you to elevate the Chinese fan palm, providing great height without purchasing a larger, more expensive plant. The dracaena fills in around the base, and the heart-leaf philodendron tumbles over the edge.
Why it works: The room's uncluttered decor highlights the architectural details and natural light. The contemporary container and compact plant arrangement become a living sculpture to accent the clean, fresh surroundings.
The original container remains in place, and a second one is added in front. The shade of the new pot complements the other, while the texture and shape differ. Move the 'Limelight' dracaena to this new addition, giving it a starring role in the display.
Why it works: The dracaena draws your eye down and anchors the arrangement with substantial bright green foliage. The second pot is half the height of the original (the correct scale for the pair to work), and its roundness gives the duo a slightly less formal attitude.