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Create an Indoor Garden (Even in Winter)

A guide to mail-order sources for beautiful house plants

photo: At Center, COurtesy of Sotheby's

From left: a lemon cypress topiary; Bunny Mellon's home; a dried sun palm.

Even though the South doesn’t see the extreme winter weather that our neighbors to the north and west do, we still suffer from “is-it-spring-yet” syndrome just like the rest of the country this time of year. 

The cure? Indoor plants. And creating an oasis in your home has never been easier, thanks to an abundance of low-maintenance, mail-order options, many of which come pre-potted in a lovely vessel. Here are a few ways to get started. 


Go Topiary
Pull a Bunny Mellon and stagger a collection of these lemon cypress beauties in the center of an entry table for big impact. $54 each; shopterrain.com

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Find a Low-Light Lovely
The leaves of this peperomia look lush and tolerate less-than-sunny conditions. $32; thesill.com

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Get a Taste of the Tropics
These sun palms will literally never stop bringing a tropical feel to your room—not because they are fake (no ma’am!) but because they are dried. $25 each; bloomist.com

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Add an Oddball
The violet veining and charming shape of the easy-going maranta plant provides an excellent amount of quirk. $37; thesill.com

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Buy a Bouquet
Sometimes you just want blooms, even if it’s a little soon for the type that might spring outside your window. Go for heirloom daffodils. $70; whiteflowerfarm.com

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Get a Green Thumb
The not-easily-killed ZZ plant is perfect for that dark, depressing corner of the house that needs a green pick-me-up. $78; shopterrain.com

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Perfume the Room
A breath of summer in the depths of winter is never a bad idea. Enter: potted jasmine. $99; whiteflowerfarm.com

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Get Fit to Be Dried
Any one of these tiny dried bouquets would offer structure and volume and color to a fresh arrangement, and can be used again and again. $16 each; anthropologie.com

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Bring the Drama
The bold of heart will love the draping green beads of this string-of-pearls succulent. $68; shopterrain.com

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