Humble houseplants have a lot to offer. Some, like spider plants and peace lilies, purify the air as well as look pretty. Others, like monstera deliciosa and dracaena, with their dramatic shapes, add visual interest. And then there are plants with healing properties - aloe vera, thyme, sage, and more. But rocking the contemporary "indoor jungle" vibe that's all over Instagram requires more than a little know-how. Want to learn how to cultivate a green thumb? Head to indoor plant emporium All the Green Things, located on Vulture Street in West End.
Choosing the right container can be as big a challenge as choosing a plant. Author image.
All the Green Things is a one-stop shop for indoor plants, succulents and cacti, pots and ceramics, and growing and plant styling advice. All budgets and skill levels are catered for. Those who want to broaden their knowledge will also enjoy regular workshops on topics such as propagating, and making kokedama (those Japanese moss balls on which ornamental plants grow).
This delightful boutique nursery sprouted when a shared love of plants brought West End mothers Andrea Davine and Belinda Rigg together. Through All the Green Things, the pair hope to help others gain pleasure from greening their homes and discover new and exciting botanical trends. The shop's shared courtyard space with Sol Natural Foods next door showcases an impressive succulents tower and is a great spot to chill out with a chai.
There's plenty of know-how to support you in developing a green thumb. Author image.
I went into All the Green Things adamant I was just going to browse. However, I was so charmed by the head-and-shoulders ceramic pots that I simply had to have one. While I continued to browse (and dream) Andrea potted it up with a cactus I'd also selected. The little dude with the spiky haircut now has pride of place on a sunny shelf at home. He makes me smile every time I see him.
All the Green Things is a gardener's paradise. Author image.