All it takes is one success story—a snake plant that’s still holding up after months, a pothos that grows longer and fuller with the right care—for a person to lean into plant parenthood. One plant becomes two, becomes four, and even more. Soon enough you need to figure out a display tactic to keep all your greenery thriving and organized. But the solution is simple: Consider the plant shelf.
Curating your perfect greenery-filled shelf can be as simple as experimenting with your book-to-plant ratio, getting creative with your mix of plants, or sticking with a consistent color palette of pots. Here are nine ideas that will inspire you to figure out the best arrangement for your growing plant collection.
Keep Them With Your Other Essentials
Sarai Reed believes bookshelves should primarily be used for books—but there’s always room for some greenery. She designed her own honeycomb shelving system (sketching it out on the back of a piece of junk mail), which suited her small condo. “I needed a streamlined look, so my books are roughly organized by color and shape, and I added a plant to the empty shelves,” she says.