Decorating with plants

From modern, sleek containers to holiday-themed gifts, plants are key to any home décor style.

Phalaenopsis and frosted ferns
Phalaenopsis and frosted ferns are displayed at a Michigan retailer in cute containers that can be hung on a wall or a fence. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.

Plants are increasingly used as décor for interior design. Yes, houseplants certainly have always been enjoyed, but their popularity is increasing especially as retailers try to reach younger demographics. From the modern and sleek to holiday-oriented designs, ornamental growers have been transplanting their plants into decorative containers in order to expand their markets to beyond just selling plants; they seek to sell little luxuries or adorable gifts. These retailers try to capture the attention of consumers and even compete with cut flower producers for impulse or gift-stimulated purchases.

As I have traveled to different retailers over the last few years with Michigan State University Extension, I have seen an increasing number of great container designs. Plant growers would also take note that many of these containers do not have drainage holes and that consumers should be careful to not overwater their new purchases. Plant enthusiasts might be insulted that consumers are often purchasing the container and not really the plants in them. However, anything to increase sales and reach a potentially new demographic is essential to the future of the horticulture industry.

As consumers are captivated by the cute containers or fun gift items, they soon will become interested in plants. Here are 16 excellent designs.

Air plants
Air plants are about as easy as plants come and they make excellent crazy hair! This would make an excellent gift purchase. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
Air plants
Air plants are used once again inside bird figurines. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
succulents
These succulents are planted in skulls for the Day of the Dead retail sales. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
succulents
This gorgeous container combines succulents and a Phalaenopsis orchid which will be featured for Mother’s Days sales in 2019. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
succulents
These succulents are grown in a long, shallow container that can hung on a wall or fence for a vertical garden. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
containers with writing
Sayings such as “peace, hope, joy” and “live, laugh, love” have been all over home decorations in the last few years. Garden centers are riding this trend’s wave with these containers. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
cactus
This Danish retailer was selling cactus in bright yellow and orange cacti-themed containers. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
coffee plant
A coffee plant is growing in an added value adorable coffee cup. It would be the perfect gift for a coworker or any other coffee lover in your life! Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
orchids
These sleek, modern white pots holding Phaleonposis orchids would make an excellent decoration for any modern living room or dining room. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
wreathes
These live succulent, heart-shaped wreathes are likely to catch the eye of consumers looking for vertical décor for their patio! Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
shamrock plant
St. Patrick’s Day is never complete without a shamrock plant complete with decorative grass and a decorative mushroom poke. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
terraiums
A Philadelphia-based retailer brings high style to terrariums showcasing the layers of materials on the bottom of this little ecosystem. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
clear containers
Clear, glass containers are trendy would look great with any decorating motif in a home. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
cactus
A coral cactus is beautiful in its own right, but augmenting the color with the gravel and the blue of the pottery makes it really stand out. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.
zombie container
This zombie container but would make a cute decoration for any Halloween lovers in your life. Photo by Heidi Lindberg | MSU Extension.

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