As plant decor continues to rise in popularity, the chic houseplant boutique is also having a moment. Different from a flower shop or old-school nursery, these little gems are popping up from coast to coast both in the US and internationally to fulfill all our urban jungle design scheme dreams. From shops that specialize in pure flora and fauna to ones that also sell decorative knick knacks and beauty products, one thing these places all have in common is an abundance of gorgeous greenery. Peek our favorites ahead.
The Sill, New York, NY
The Sill has long been one of our go-to resources for plant care and advice. Fueled by the simple fact that plants make people happy, their experts place emphasis on education and functionality—thus making things super easy for first-time plant parents and city dwellers who aren’t sure which plants are the best fit for their space (or lifestyle). Though The Sill will happily ship healthy potted plants directly to your doorstep, there’s nothing like browsing their greens IRL at either of their two New York City locations, where plants are grouped into categories like “for small spaces” and “pet-friendly” for ease.
Camelback Flowershop, Phoenix, AZ
When owner Teresa Wilson first opened her bright, style-focused space back in 2013, she was initially inspired by the atelier district in Paris, with its white/grey mud on the walls and sprinkled collections of handmade objects. Her breezy store, which is situated in the Arcadia area of Phoenix, is a lesson in less is more. Thoughtfully curated arrangements of uncommon botanicals—all sourced from mom and pop farms out of Portland, Northern Arizona, and Washington—line the tables and floors, while gifts, art, and other knick knacks fill in the gaps.
Christoffers Blommor, Stockholm
If you’ve ever pictured magically stumbling upon a quaint flower shop along an old cobblestoned alleyway, chances are, it looked something like Christoffers Blommor. Tucked away in Stockholm’s Old Town and right next door to an equally cute cafe, this tiny floral haven is like something straight out of a movie. And don’t be fooled by its size: This must-visit spot is known for its cool, knowledgeable staff and inspired collection.
This shop packs major design chops into a relatively small storefront. Plants and flowers are a huge part of Amsterdam’s local history and culture, and this trendy boutique is newer on the scene than some of the other options in the city. That means that instead of just the traditional tulips and standalone succulents, Wildernis stocks more interesting items, like custom-made terrariums and larger-than-life ferns.
With an impressive selection of various types of planters, Wildernis is a favorite of Dutch city dwellers who want to incorporate some nature into their canal house apartments. Here, they can also load up on everything from gardening supplies to plant-printed cards and stationery. Aside from the green stuff, the space itself is well-designed in a luxe bohemian style that makes it even more appealing.
Pistils Nursery, Portland, OR
Nestled in Portland’s historic Mississippi District, Pistils Nursery has everything one would expect to encounter in the PNW, from an array of locally-sourced plants to artisanal pottery, glassware, and handmade beauty products. A visit is highly recommended when in the area, since a truly awe-inspiring variety of hanging, wall-mounted, potted, and terrarium-planted greenery is available. Fair warning: It’s so enchanting, it may be tough to leave.
London has no shortage of plant sellers, but Botany is a standout. In addition to the greenery, the shop also has a spa area where visitors can book facials and other treatments done with all-natural botanical products. Loads of natural sunlight and plenty of pretty nooks make this shop highly photogenic, but an in-person visit definitely won’t disappoint. And for those who genuinely have a black thumb, the store carries some truly hard-to-kill options, like the ficus elastica (also known as the Rubber Plant).
Little Leaf Shop, Washington, DC
For those who appreciate a preppier vibe, Little Leaf Shop should do the trick. The District’s plant scene newcomer was opened by the team behind Salt & Sundry, a stylish home design store, and could not be more Instagram-friendly if it tried. Along with pots and plants, select decor items and even some furniture are available for purchase, all with the same vibrant design aesthetic.
Seattle Seed Co., Seattle, WA
Again, we head out west, but this time to a shop that specializes in things like vegetables, herbs, and microgreens. Of course, all the usual suspects are still available—air plants, cacti, and vases included—but Seattle Seed Company goes beyond typical houseplants and provides a full range of choices for those looking to diversify their plant collections.
And no plant boutique would be complete without a wide selection of gardening supplies—from potting soil to garden stones, pruning shears, and shovels. In this lovely shop, the options are not only practical, but also stylish.
Plant by Packwood, Melbourne
Step into the greenhouse-cum-storefront known as Plant by Packwood, and be amazed by how many growing plants are packed into the tiny but elegant space. Founders Bayden Packwood Hine and Charlotte Nicdao started out simply wanting to add some green to their own home, and the project blossomed into the creative operation it is today. Now stocking rare and hard-to-find plants (including carnivorous ones), they serve as Melbourne’s one-stop shop for all things green. Terrariums are a particular specialty here, and they sure are magnificent. With options ranging from tiny to gigantic, it’s impossible not to find something to bring home.
This story was originally published on May 26, 2017. It has been updated with new information.
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