touches of tillandsias

Every home can benefit from having living plants. They add color and life to a room in a way that nothing else can. However, not everyone has a green thumb or the patience to care for plants.  That’s where tillandsias can be a good solution. What on earth is a tillandsia? It’s common name is “air plant” because it grows without soil. Water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves so they require little care. While I have my share of potted plants in our home, I find that tillandsias are perfect for adding the finishing touch to a vignette because they can go almost anywhere!

Here are just a few ways I decorate with tillandsias in our home. On our gallery wall, the centerpiece is a large basket. A tillandsia is very at home resting on the rim and adds a quirky touch to the ensemble.

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Gallery wall

 

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Sitting pretty

A clamshell full of wine corks is home to a trio of mini tillandsias.

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And this mantle vignette wouldn’t come to life without the blue green color of the tillandsia bursting from the weathered frame.

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Fortunately, tillandsias are easy care beauties. Every 10 days or so, I gather them up, and give them a quick soak in a bowl of water, let them dry, and that’s it.  Most of them have survived several years.  I buy mine at our local farmers market but many nurseries and online sources sell them as well.

For adding a touch of life and color with very little care, tillandias can’t be beat!

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