Fill a foyer with plants

May 10 |

The Atelier Today: Our Green Passageway

Carol-san has a dim, close entry leading to her home. She made the most of it and changed it from a blah hallway into a lime-green low-light greenhouse.

The Atelier Today: Our Green Passageway

What a smart use of space! This passageway was a less-than functional dead zone. Happily, she's made the best of it by greening up the space with lots of indirect-light-loving plants.

The Atelier Today: Our Green Passageway

I see some ivy! Other options: snake grass, philodendrons, many ground-hugging herbs.

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  1. I noticed that when I am pinning "cool house stuff" I am super ultra attracted to pictures that are full of plant life. There are reasons people that stage interior photo shoots put ferns everywhere.

    Must go acquire plants.

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  2. Is she also using mirrors to help boost the amount of light for her plants? There's a few reflective services that I can't quite make out, one appears to be on the ceiling!

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    • I'm not even positive the one on the wall there is a mirror–it kind of looks like plexiglass.

      Either way, SMART idea.

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  3. Oh, I really like this! (Like Climb, I pretty much like everything better with plants :)). My worry: isn't the hallway too dim/dark for plants? I can see them dying from the lack of light.

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    • lots of plants that grow on the forest floor need a surprisingly low amount of light, the suggestions in the article are good. If this interests you find a good greenhouse in your area and go talk to the people who work there about what you want to do, they can provide helpful suggestions (advice is free). Also plants that are suffering from a lack of light generally look sickly for awhile before they actually die just don't shock a plant whose leaves have gone pale green by throwing it out into direct sunlight.

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    • When I was 6 and again at 7, I did a science fair project on this topic. What I discovered is that all plants need is water. You can take away dirt and light–either or both–and most plants will still grow. Maybe not as heartily as they would otherwise, but still.

      It's interesting though, those 6 months of life as an experiment forever changed the plants. My parents still have the ivy plants that got used in the first experiment (the second one had a variety of plants and got given away as teacher gifts), and while I can't remember for sure which is which anymore over 20 years later, you can see differences in the plants. One is a lighter green almost a yellow (I think that was the one with no soil or sun), one is super-dark-green but tiny leaves (no soil, but water and sun?); the size, spacing and color on all the leaves are quite different.

      I imagine that SOME plants need soil and sunlight to live. But I've done well with full-light plants inside houses with no windows, and they've been alright. They grow more slowly, but they don't really die until I forget to water them.

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  4. In that last picture, I don't understand what that table looking thing is. Is it a fold up potting bench? Where was it hiding in the first picture? Just curious, it seems like a good idea if it is a potting bench.

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