Wondering What to Plant? And Where to Find it?
Washington DC tends to transform beautifully after daylight savings time ends. Spring is here, the sun is back, and suddenly your apartment seems less alive and green than it should be. You crave more houseplants to take care of, but where to find them?
Read on for a list of plant possibilities and for info about some of our favorite nurseries, garden centers, and plant shops in the city.
Plants to Consider
The Old Classics
If you are looking for tried-and-true houseplants that are hard to kill then you probably know about all the old standbys. We’re talking snake plants, jade, ferns, pothos, aloe, peace lilies. If you are just starting out but want to start a real indoor garden it’s recommended that you buy a few succulents and maybe just one or two sturdy ones, like pothos or snake plant, and see how that goes for a season.
If you want to challenge yourself a bit more without much risk, consider growing some herbs like basil, mint, and lemongrass. These can be a tasty experiment and give you a sense of accomplishment as a chef and gardener.
The Case for Fakes
While the idea of displaying a fake plant might not initially appeal to you, hear this out: fake plants can have just as good of an effect on your mood as actual plants. Some of them can look quite real, and there is something to be said for letting them do their thing in the background and never having to worry about watering them, sunning them enough, etc.
Try These Wild Cards
If you have a rooftop, yard, or balcony space you can always try experimenting with some food. Peas, cabbage, turnips, beets, carrots…all of these and more usually grow well in this climate.
You can also consider wildflowers (those bad boys grow best in full sunlight but also require almost no attention).
If you are willing to put in some extra time and attention, consider a citrus tree, bonsai plant, or terrarium. These can grow indoors, but in the case of the citrus tree you might need to consider investing time and money into cleaning the leaves to make sure it doesn’t get eaten up by little mites.
Luckily, experts at these locations listed below might be able to help you with that.
Where to Buy Your Next Plant in DC
Little Leaf is less of a garden shop and more of plant boutique. They sell plants, coffee table books about plants, art, and a certain je ne sais quoi. Seriously, located in the ever-fashionable Logan Circle and with a very Instagramable interior they are clearly keyed into a certain lifestyle fix.
Technically a plant and paper shop you should definitely stop by to peruse the beautifully arranged space and to speak with the staff about anything you need.
Ginkgo is more than just a place to buy plants. You can go to them for garden/landscape design, consultation, installation, and maintenance as well as…buying plants.
You can expect a large warehouse-sized greenhouse filled with trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials, herbs and vegetables, pots and seeds. The friendly staff will help you with anything you need.
Capital City Hydroponics
Are you serious about growing plants indoors?
Ask for Chris when you stop by Capital City Hydroponics. He or another member of the knowledgeable staff have made a business out of helping your garden thrive. Customers have said that they even help you find the least expensive solutions.
This is where you can go to find fans, lights, pumps, nutrients, and the plants themselves.
This little spot is a real gem.
They offer botanical workshops to help you help your plants, sell plants themselves, and can hook you up with one-of-a-kind flower arrangements. Rewild is technically also a florist shop — you can buy floral arrangements and book them for events that need flowers, perhaps even a spring wedding [link to wedding article].
Rewild has a certain quality to it that you don’t often find in plant shops anymore. When you walk in you don’t feel like you are in a city, but rather in a down-to-earth plant shop with people who really appreciate the beauty of the earth.
Olde City Farm
Every garden center in DC has its own niche; little things they do that set them apart from the others. At Olde City Farm you can attend their workshops, peruse their plants, and utilize their landscaping services (they design and implement!) but you can also take advantage of two other special services: event hosting and tree care.
You can host an event (think wedding, baby shower, birthday party) in their lovely gardens! They will decorate for you or leave the space as-is if you want.
They can also hook you up with Nova Arborist, a group of enthusiastic tree specialists who can help survey, preserve, treat, and maintain your trees!
Urban Jungle calls itself a boutanique and does a great job of living up to the name. They sell exotic flowers (think carnivorous and tropical) as well as boasting a serious collection of succulents, cacti, and bonsai. They even go so far as to sell everything in magnificently chic potting.
They started off by just selling to florists in the city in 2015, but then their orchids came to be in such high demand that they began to sell straight to individual customers. Rumor has it that their orchid game is still the best in the city.
They also go so far as to offer same-day delivery, so if you forgot to get that gift for your mom for Mother’s Day [link to mothers day article] they’ve got your back.
Come here for classes and personalized help on taking care of your plants so that your personal garden can thrive!