As one of the first London florists to put house plants back in the limelight, there’s not much that east end florists Grace & Thorn don’t know about our green housemates. “I spend lots of time sourcing beautiful pots to put together with plants that I think our customers will really like. We also use lots of foliage in events and bouquets – sometimes more foliage than flowers! Everyone in the team is allowed to express their own creativity – our team are all creative people who bring their own backgrounds to everything that is produced”, says founder Nik Southern explaining the ethos that her company stands for. It is a subject she furthers in her new book, How Not To Kill Your Plants – a refreshingly realistic and down to earth guide to selecting the right plants for your space and helping them flourish.
As the trend for jungle-inspired interiors shows no signs of abating, here are Nik’s top 5 tips for botanical bliss.
1 The Finger Test
Test the soil! If it’s super dry, give your plant a bit of a water. If it’s damp to the touch then don’t be tempted to overwater.
2 Cutting Bits Off
Don’t be afraid to cut off dead bits. They will grow again and you’ll have beautiful new shoots coming through rather than dead leaves.
3 Emulate Your Plant’s Environment
Know where your plant’s from and put it in the right environment e.g. don’t put a desert plant in a damp environment as it just won’t fare very well.
4 Don’t Play It Safe
No space is too small. Go big or go home!
5 Mix Textures and Colours
Think outside the box (or use the box!) for different vessels for plants. A personal favourite is copper tins for plants.
Grace & Thorn are hosting a pop-up at our Tottenham Court Road store. Swing by for inspiring ideas to inject green into your home, as well as details on workshops and Nik’s new book.