Spring has sprung and after a few weeks of cabin fever in the age of the Covid-19 virus, sprinkling my home with fresh flowers and plants is keeping me sane in these crazy times.
There is no better way to bring spring into your home than with flowers and plants, but where do you start?
HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE PLANTS FOR SPRING…
PUSSY WILLOW TREE
A special tree that blooms in early spring, Pussy Willow, has always been a favorite of mine and my mother. We even named my grey and white kitty Willow after the fluffy, appropriately named, catkins. Their trade mark is a plush, pillowy, silver little fur-ball looking tuft that represents the end of winter and beginning of spring. Lacking a fragrance or vibrant colors like other spring flowers, these unique branches are serene and fit right into a mono-tone or Scandinavian black and white color scheme. Once cut, Pussy Willows can stay almost forever without water, and if placed in water, they will continue to bud.
GREEN ON GREEN
Green is the new Blue when it comes to interior design. It is seriously having a moment right now and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. Green represents renewal, fertility and life, much like spring. Palm leafs, eucalyptus, mums, and baby’s breath all beautifully work together in a bouquet.
These feather-like stems are a boho lover’s dream. Native to Southern California, it’s plume-like flowers grow in a variety of neutral colors, including a light beige to a silvery grey and golden wheat, but can be dyed to beautiful blushes and whites. Be warned though, these plants have come to be a sign to passerbyers that Swingers live here! Please note, WE ARE NOT SWINGERS, just pampas grass lovers!
With textured beauty, ornamental grasses are voluminous and vibrant. Luckily for us, they are hot right now and some very convincing faux options exist. As with any faux plant, it’s no maintenance and perfect for those of us who forget to water their plants for a day…a week…or a month!
Speaking of forgetting to water my plants…
I’ve never met a succulent I didn’t like. Coming from the Latin word sucus, meaning sap or juice, succulents store water in their stems and leaves, which means they can handle a few missed watering sessions. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes and are another textural beauty. They pair well with any type of floral or greenery arrangement mentioned above or can also take the stage on their own, working well with other natural materials.
DRIED FLOWERS AND PLANTS
If you are like me, you struggle to keep plants alive. With some diligence, I’ve gotten better, but a maintenance-free option is dried plants and flowers. To dry your own flowers leave them in a dry and dark area with good circulation. With dental floss, secure the bottom of the flowers’ stems to a hanger so that they hang upside down to dry. Leave for about 3 weeks until the flowers are visibly dry. Now you can place your dried flowers in a vase with no worry of them withering away.
While most of the plants on this list have stolen my heart because of their beauty, some plants have the full package – beauty and health benefits! My new favorite, the snake plant, is known to purify the air, canceling out toxins and allergens, which is a huge concern of mine in the spring. The aloe plant has antibacterial properties, so if you are unable to find anti-bacterial at your local store, aloe vera may be able to help you out! The plant also helps to lower blood sugar, fight wrinkles, heal burns, and prevents canker sores. BRB while I go bow down to my aloe plant!
So there you have it, my top plants for your spring home!
Ashley Berdan | Owner, Ashley Berdan Design
B.F.A in Interior Design from Berkeley College, ASID Allied
Combining a passion for styling and a formal training in interior design, Ashley is a unique and innovative designer. Years spent working in various award wining design and design-build firms in Northern New Jersey, Ashley has developed her own design persona and unique approach at producing the most functional and aesthetic spaces. Focusing on contemporary, modern designs, Ashley enjoys the clean lines of mid-century modern, the minimalism of Scandinavian design and incorporates a touch of luxe into her designs with rich textures and bold colors. From volunteering to design an office for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s New Jersey and Rockland County Chapter office, to helping launch Nordstrom’s first Design Pop-Up Shop with a popular e-design firm, this multi-faceted designer can take on any task, including virtual interior design. Ashley is as active member of the American Society of Interior Designers and and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Berkeley College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Ashley resides in Wanaque, NJ with her better half Ryan and rescue dog, Maple.
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