A deep-rooted passion for plants inspired Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit of The Horticult to create a plant paradise within Chantal’s new office space. Check out The Horticult’s Styleboard and find plenty of ways to rejuvenate your space with a sprinkling of perfectly paired plants and planters.
When one half of The Horticult (that would be me, Chantal, hi!) got a new job at an ad agency at the beginning of this year, I scored some seriously cool coworkers and a beautiful office – one with tall northwest-facing windows, a quirky geometrical shape, and a wall painted a tranquil shade of pistachio. Plant-wise, it was mostly a blank slate. So Ryan and I – coming to terms with the fact that our own home garden is running out of room for any more plants – decided to turn my work space into a houseplant haven.
Goodness knows I can use all the oxygen I can get. I work as a senior copywriter for Roni Hicks & Associates, so every day brings new ways to get creative, which I love – although at times it can feel like being entrusted with catching lightning in a bottle. So it’s kind of nice to have a fern or two to bounce ideas off of!
Liven Up Your Office Space with the Lush Look of Plants
The company has plants (like bromeliads and ponytail palms) growing throughout the suite and started me off with a tall dracaena. From there, Ryan and I searched for species that would thrive in bright but not direct light: ferns, wax plants, more dracaenas, even select succulents.
Matching them up with planters was just as exciting. We love mid-century shapes, so we made a beeline for the Hip Haven Retro Bullet Planter – the turquoise glows against the black frame, plus we dig how the latter lifts a houseplant to hip height. It’s the height of hip! Anyhow, the lushness and texture of a Boston fern turned out to be this planter’s perfect match. (To aid with drainage, we lined the bottom of the “bullet” with gravel and placed the fern in a separate planter inside it.)
My new table-height “Janet Craig” dracaena needed a container that was midsize and also modular so that it could nestle against my desk without blocking foot traffic. The Sunscape Steel Square Planter fit the bill – we also adore the smooth cube shape and smartly notched legs. On the opposite side of the office, the larger, black Belham Living Fiber Clay Caterina Square Planter is the yin to its yang – and a sturdy home for my office’s original dracaena.
The plant that I might be the most tickled about is my spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum. It was also the most challenging to house, thanks to its spreading habit. But once we planted it inside the Playmobil USA Lechuza Classico Self-Watering Planter and positioned it at the very top of my bookshelf, I fell in love with how the cascade of pom-pom-like plantlets looks against my books and tchotchkes. (The self-watering feature will come in handy when the workload grows.) The pot’s pop of white looks fresh against the white stripes of the leaves.
Drawing the most compliments of all is our Campania International Basic Element Cast Stone Planter. A soulful, highly textured hunk of cast stone and concrete, this design made our indoor succulent dreams come true. Inside it, we created a color-blocking effect with golden sedum, Cotyledon campanulata, Pachyveria “Belle Blue,” and graptosedum, all succulents that do well in shallow planters like this one. (We put it up on little wooden blocks and placed petri dishes beneath to catch draining water.) The final result is spectacular: The plants’ copper, green, purple and blue tones radiate against the planter’s modern gray, which also looks quite handsome against the teal of my windowsill.
Necessities for Nurturing
The needs of our plants vary – for example, the fern’s soil will need to stay moist, which is not the case for the succulents. So we’re putting together a care schedule for everything, which we highly recommend. We’ve already picked up a Stainless Steel Aguo Watering Can to keep everything flourishing.
How does it feel walking into this green, leafy, plant-filled office? Pure bliss. For all the times it seems like I’m adding more work to my life, it’s nice to remember that I can always add more life to my work.
– Chantal Aida Gordon, The Horticult
Photos by Ryan Benoit