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A new trend in houseplant display is the suspension of small plants from sturdy strings, grouped together at varying heights to create a floating or climbing effect. These groupings are called string gardens.
Lending a modern visual element to your room’s landscape, the effect also has a touch of 1970s throwback, a time when hanging plants in macramé slings were all the rage. Creating a string garden is simple enough – at least in theory – and the effect can be beautifully whimsical and striking. Click here to see how they’re made.
While almost any plant can be used in string-garden arrangements, it is recommended to avoid perennials and annuals for this type of display since they require more particular care. Epiphytes, plants which require little to no soil, such as orchids and various types of ferns, are highly recommended for string gardens since their root structures prefer aerated environments. Belgian artist Fedor van der Valk has become something an expert on string garden arrangements and he has some beautiful examples at his website, stringgardens.com.
String gardens are ideal for the urban gardener since they grow vertically, saving on space and maximizing light exposure. I am still not entirely sold on their practicality, however. Misting their roots does not seem like sufficient hydration. Conversely, dunking them regularly into bowls of water would create plenty of drips and debris on the floor below.
Still, once the ‘how-to’ is mastered, the effect is quite magical – a parade of floating plants, bobbing gently on a string swing.
All photos from Stringgardens.com
Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.