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I kill plants on a regular basis.
But Michelle, from Ten June created this Garden Wall which totally inspired me. I’ve been noticing a lack of greenery in my house (mostly because I don’t take care of the few plants I do have) and wanted to rectify that, so I decided to try my hand at creating a garden wall in my kitchen. My internal self warned me that I should only do this if I promised that I would take care of the poor, terrified plants. So I made a deal with my internal self, and off I went!
According to Michelle, Ikea had some great containers that could be hung on the wall. She used the galvanized steel buckets, but after perusing the container isle for a while, I decided that these darling white ASKER containers would be perfect for my kitchen. (Recently, I’ve been consumed with thoughts of making everything white in my house. I’m not kidding. And I just might do it.) The holes in the backs of the containers makes it so easy to hang on the wall! I love when things are easy.
Lucky for me, Ikea also sells potted plants. I didn’t have to go anywhere else to get all I needed for this project, because knowing me, if I did, you wouldn’t be seeing this post until 2015. Please, oh please, oh please, don’t ask me which succulents I bought. I don’t know their names, but I do know for sure that I bought the one second from the left in the picture above. I’ve decided that I love succulents because they require virtually no care (they need to be watered only once per week, and thrive on indirect, but not hot, sunlight). Plus they are so unique and sculptural-looking!
The wall I used is very narrow, so I went with three plants in a vertical line. I wasn’t too concerned with the containers being the exact same distance away from each other because I knew the height of each plant would make it look off anyway. (I’m the one who doesn’t need perfection, remember?) I went with two dark green, and one light green plant to add some interest.
Here’s a view of the kitchen coming in from the garage. The color in our kitchen is same throughout, but it looks so different in this picture! The most true representation of the color is the one the plants are on. The garden wall adds such a fresh pop of white and green to an otherwise un-remarkable wall. It doesn’t overwhelm you when you see it, which makes me happy.
I love how flush they are to the wall! (And by the way, we hung them using white picture hangers.)
You might have noticed these pretty little ladies sitting on my kitchen peninsula. These were a gift from my hubs for Mother’s Day, and even though they are now over a week old, they are so beautiful! I loved the colors and the antique look they have. You should have seen them a couple of days ago! Really, they took my breath away. Call me old-fashioned, but it’s always SO nice to have fresh flowers in my house.
Do you have plants in your house?
If so, what’s your favorite kind?
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The comments +

  1. Dora says:

    They look beautiful! I wish I had an Ikea closer…(came over from TipJunkie)

  2. Wendy says:

    I think it turned out great! I am so bad at keeping plants alive. Today even, I threw away some dead succulents…. that’s how bad I am 🙁 But I keep trying!

  3. That’s awesome! Great idea. It looks really good

  4. I must admit, I have plant killing powers too. But I may have to turn over a new leaf (hehe) because I really love these! Thanks for sharing where you got the pots!!

  5. Very inspiring! What better way to add decor to a room than with plants!! Looks lovely. 🙂

  6. M says:

    That is a great idea. I love plants, but don’t know that they would live at my house. This is a fun way to decorate though.

  7. I really like this project a LOT. I wonder if you could plant herbs instead-that would be so fun in a kitchen. Imagine creeping thyme. . .chives. . . parsley. . .

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