I have mostly succulents, because I get a lot of light in my apartment and that’s almost all the care they need, but lately I’ve been thinking about branching out to other, maybe more challenging kinds of plants. So it was fortuitous that a friend just gifted me with a cute ponytail palm just like this one that came from a stylish site called Bloomscape. They have a fantastic selection of plants that come in various sizes, and they all arrive in this cute pot, which is available in several good colors.
As far as flowers go, I’m a fan of Urbanstems, which delivers next day coast to coast, or the same day to New York City and D.C. This pretty arrangement is typical of what they turn out: sophisticated, chic little arrangements (that aren’t cheap, alas) housed in vases so good you (or your recipient) will want to hang on to them.
The Bouqs isn’t quite as pricey as Urban Stems, but you’ve got to dig a bit more to find good arrangements, like this green and white one, which I’d order without all the baby’s breath and other fillers.
I’m also a big fan of my neighborhood plant shop The Sill, on Hester Street. They’ve got a nice selection of planters, and a lot of cute plants too, including this adorable Hoya Heart, which is a rooted cutting from the Hoya kerri succulent. I like that their website allows you to search on plants that are good in low (or high) light , and that they specify which plants are pet-friendly.
At Leon & George, plants are also helpfully categorized—what’s easy to care for, which plants act as air purifiers—and some of their offerings, like this snake plant, are available in cool midcentury pots.