I’m Allie, and I’ll be learning and sharing about a variety of plant care topics over the next few months on the Urban Jungle Journal. A little about me: I’ve claimed Des Moines as home for over a decade. I love houseplants, dogs, books, dessert, coffee, and tea. I’m a relatively new plant mom; I started my collection a little over a year ago.
Hey it's Shylah, Art Terrarium Shopgirl, Art Curator, and now Plant Stylist! Plant Stylist is a title I made up to describe a role where I show up with plants for people, and put those plants in places. It involves creative solution finding, incorporating plants into environments, and transforming spaces!
If you’ve killed every green thing under your roof, you can try again and I promise, promise that you can succeed. If you’ve got an urban jungle already, you can keep leveling up. No matter who you are or what you like, your home and your desk and your world can get a little greener. I hope this series helps you get there.
This week, we’re talking about being a plant killer. Yes, I said it. In spite of a rocky plant-care track record, I was pretty sure that “This time would be different” and “I’m much more aware of what I’m doing.” Luckily, I was able to connect with Shylah and ask her why this had happened and how to remedy it.
Today, we’re talking about choosing the right plants for your space and lifestyle, and preparing to bring them home! If it were up to me, I’d wrangle up armfuls of Insta-worthy fiddle leaf figs and create a mini-forest in my living room. Unfortunately, this usually ends with a drooping, dried-up husk where my plant-loving dreams once lived. Luckily, Shylah was full of great ideas about how to transform my apartment into an urban oasis!