When I saw this photo posted on Facebook by Steve Asbell something immediately clicked.
Plants in the shower…yes please! There is a small shelf in our bathroom which always has a flower, branch, or tillandsia on it...
But there really should be more plants in the bathroom. In fact I realized the shower is the one place in our house where you can be and not see a plant. Must fix that!
Steve did a guest post on the blog My Green Earth where he detailed how to construct such a thing. It really is a very good how-to with lots of information (in other words you should check it out). For my shower garden installation I wanted to make use of the unused top tier of our bathroom corner caddy.
Our shower gets great light, thanks to the south facing window, half of which in the shower (who thought that was a good idea?). For my project I didn’t want to work only with epiphytes like Steve did, mainly because I was still pretty hung up on the alocasia I passed up at Portland Nursery. Maybe I could use it? (wheels turning and turning…).
Yep, I managed to grab the Alocasia amazonica while it was on sale at Portland Nursery.
The note to “keep humid” on the label told me I was on the right track.
Of course being a plant nut I couldn’t stop at just one, this philodendron came home with me too, also marked "keep humid"…
I decided this old metal basket would be a great container…
But what to line it with to hold the soil? It would need to be light, the soil and basket would be weight enough. Aha, an excuse to buy chips! I simply turned the bag inside out to use the solid silver side.
After potting them up (the philodendron went in a super light metal container from IKEA, a little moss was added to the top of the soil to keep it in place) I sat them in the sink and went to look around the house for a couple of tillandsias to use in the arrangement. When I came back into the room the sunlight was lighting them so perfectly, for a moment I wanted to have a sink garden too! But no way the husband would go for that (he's so practical).
As I started to work the plants into position I could tell right away I didn’t love the basket, it was too busy. The bag would have to stand on its own (I did cut a couple of small slits to help with drainage).
I should mention I was being closely watched during this whole process...(can't you just tell she's wondering what the heck I'm up to now?)
And the finished product! Things are tilted because I liked them better that way. Flat was too boring.
I hadn’t told Andrew what I was up to; so it was fun to hear him react when he went to get in the shower.
After a couple of days of living with the arrangement I’m not 100% sure I like it as-is I think I've crammed too much in there. Adjustments will be made I'm sure. Still, I love having plants in the shower, thanks for the inspiration Steve!
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