Three Apartment Plants to Upgrade your Zen

There’s no better way to celebrate the coming of spring by adding greener colors to your life! Planting a range of plants in your apartment is a sure way to get into the spirit of spring and add clean air and zen to your space. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the perfect Chicago apartment plants, how to take care of them and where to get them!


Known for their bamboo plants and succulents, this hidden Chicago gem is located in Uptown! The best thing about the shop? The help you get inside! Yelp reviews rave about the type of help they receive and the staff is ready to help in every way!

Where to place: Bamboo plants and succulents range in care but they’re the easiest to take care of. Getting a few small succulents to place on your window sill is preferred because they need a ton of sunlight. Plus, succulents are soooo in right now.

Succulents and bamboo plants are usually in small pots. At Horizon, we love textured pots with neutral colors and white is our favorite.

Taking care: The trick to taking care of succulents is not to over-water them. The best way to do this is adding an ice cube to their pot once a week. If you notice a little bit of brown on their leaves, add another ice cube to the pot.

Asrai Garden

Asrai Garden is a great place to purchase unique bouquets. You won’t find any other bouquets like them anywhere else! Although many might think to pick one up for special occasions, a couple Sunday’s a year never hurt anyone!

Where to place: Unlike succulents and bamboo’s, bouquets are perfect for a centerpiece in the kitchen, dining room or coffee table. Simple and elegant, these flowers are perfect to keep for a week or two. If you’re terrible at keeping plants alive, these are for you!

Taking care: The perfect way to keep them in place is through a clear glass vase. These are easy to obtain and awesome to reuse for decoration. Adding a ribbon to a vase won’t hurt either. Just make sure it’s sturdy enough.

Since bouquets usually don’t last longer than a week (have you heard of the 80-week roses?!), making sure the water is fresh is the key to beautiful bouquets.

Old Town Gardens

Old Town Gardens is a staple of north-side planting. They have every type of plant imaginable and are a great alternative to Menards or Home Depot. We recommend purchasing large floor plants such as the bamboo palm, also known as Areca palm, or an aloe vera plant to destress your home and add peace and balance into the room.

Where to place: Purchasing an oversized bamboo plant and leaving it in a corner or next to a window can create an illusion of more space and a little more “homey.” We love planting bamboos in tall wicker baskets or a neutral black colored vase –whichever one you feel most comfortable with.

Taking care: Bamboo palms can very in height and some can even get as tall as 12 feet. Bamboos are relatively easy to take care of by just making sure their soil is moist. As soon as it’s too wet, take a step back. Be careful in not over-watering it. If the palm leaves ever become too dry, cut them off and move them to a warmer, brighter space.

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