Thursday, December 29, 2011

Green plants pop with Restoration Hardware look

The new Restoration Hardware designs and color palettes are very popular right now.  Because the colors are earth-tones, grays, or metal finishes, contrasting color really pops with these muted finishes.   There is no better pop than a lush vibrant live green plant.  See the photo below with the Restoration Hardware Aviator coffee table and club chairs, topped with a beautiful plant bowl containing a pothos and a croton.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fine Rhapis Humilus Palm

The Rhapis Humilus Palm has finer leaves than a Standard Rhapis.  They are beautiful plants that need good lighting and lots of water.  This is one of the more dramatic indoor office plants that you can find.  In the photo below, look at how the leaves Rhapis Humilus compliment the slats of the venetian blinds.   The container is a 30" Tall ASI European Collection.


For comparison, the photo below is a standard Rhapis with wider leaves.  The container is the Restoration Hardware Tapered Zinc collection:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New, Hip and Hardy: Dracaena Rikki

This is a relatively new plant in this large size -- the Dracaena Rikki.  We like Dracaenas because they are one of the best office plants you can choose. It is in an Architectural Supplements European Collection Tall Square: 

The same plant and container are used here to hide a stark metal pole that is right in the middle of the floor space:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dracaena Lisa

This is a great Dracaena Lisa Specimen, and it is in an Architectural Supplements European Collection Square container.  The Dacaena family of plants is one of the best indoor plants, being able to live in lower light and not needing much water. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Everything Grows truck

The latest addition to our fleet:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Elegant foliage bowl easy to maintain

This beautiful presentation contains a Marginata, and Compacta from the Dracaena family, and a Pothos Marble Queen with fantastic variegation.  All of these are hardy indoor plants and easy to maintain.  All can tolerate less than perfect light too. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Indoor succulents need light

Look at these two gorgeous succulent bowls at a recent install:
 Succulents with an orchid in the center
 These succulents are doing well in a light and airy location in this model home

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gorgeous White Phaleonopsis Orchid

This newly installed orchid bowl has beautiful colors really makes a statement at this client location:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Portable plant walls on wheels!

What a great way to divide open floor plan offices!  Our earth walls on wheels and can be easily reconfigured.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Garden on Top of City Buses

This is a fascinating project to put gardens on top of city buses.
 More photos and details here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

World's largest hanging plant

This plant basket measures 20' x 10' and is hanging outside of a hotel in Paddington, UK.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Over watering interior plants can kill them

Over watering an interior plant will almost always cause it to struggle and eventually die . Plants get their oxygen through their roots and when you over water the plant the soil turns to mud. Once this happens the roots cannot get any oxygen and the plant most likely will die. However, there is a way to get oxygen to the roots that can most likely save that over watered plant.

First, drain any access water from the container.  Then create holes in the soil around the plant using something like a pencil for smaller plants or a broom handle for larger plants making the holes as deep as possible. This will not hurt the roots and it will get much needed oxygen to the root system.

Remember, with the trained technicians at Everything Grows taking care of the plants at your facility, you do not have to worry about over watering!
Poke deep holes in soil to get oxygen to over watered plant roots

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Video on how Rhapis Excelsa Palms are grown for interior landscaping

The Rhapis Excelsa Palm is one our more beautiful and more expensive interior plant choices. 
Rhapis Excelsa Palm for interior landscaping

This fascinating 2 minute You Tube video shows how these palms are grown, explaining the 6 year growth cycle to get them to market and into your interior space.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Indoor tropical plants create vacation feeling at work

Why not bring that tropical vacation feeling to work?  That is what this client wanted, and a Kentia palm in a tall container did the trick.
This table pop Neanthe Bella palm also added to the affect.  The white furniture and walls also added to the island feel.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Indoor plant arrangement in San Ramon

What a great impression this living plant arrangement in a gorgeous custom container makes to both employees and visiting clients.  This one was installed in an account on our San Ramon Bishop Ranch route.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Zinc container from Restoration Hardware

This beautiful container is from the Restoration Hardware Zinc Tapered Planter line.  The plant is an Aglaonema, and the combination of the plant and container really makes a statement in this modern space with cement floors and glass walls.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Succulents for indoor plants

Succulents are a new trend for indoor plants but can sometimes be challenging in an office environment as they prefer direct or indirect sunlight.   If the lighting conditions are not the best  we rotate the plants regularly to keep them fresh and vibrant.  These photos demonstrate the attractiveness of succulents:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Plants as office dividers

These earth walls are an elegant living plant office divider solution in one of our Dublin / San Ramon client locations.  They are used to separate the work area from a high traffic corridor.  The plants used are Schefflera Arbicola Columns.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Modern and elegant plant arrangement on marble floor

These plants and charcoal metallic finished containers tie in nicely with the marble flooring here.  The overhead lighting adds drama and flair to the look.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Plants make this showroom come alive

Check out how these plants bring this auto showroom to life.  In the foreground we have a living plant arrangement in a an Eco friendly fiberglass container from Architectural Supplements.  It is their Earth Bowl line EBL-1808 in Gunmetal Gray color.
In the backround is a large Ficus Lyrata in a classic cylinder shaped container from Architectural Supplements European Collection.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dead plant -- time to call us!

It is fairly common to see pretty tired plants in offices and commercial spaces when not using a plant service.  This plant we recently found is an extreme case but think of the impression on customers who walk in the door and see it:
Don't let your plants get this run down -- call us for help. 
By the way, when we remove and old plant like this, we recycle everything.  All of the organic material gets composted, and we even reuse the plastic grow pot.  We are a certified Bay Area Green Business and meet or exceed their green requirements.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Black Bamboo in Tournesol Wilshire Collection Container

We are not an outdoor landscaper, but sometimes it makes sense for us to take care of outside plants, especially on tall building patios and rooftops where access might be challenging for an outside landscaper.
This patio installation is black bamboo in a Tournesol Wilshire Collection square container in MMP Iron color.  Tournesol containers are custom manufactured at their facility in Hayward California and are of high quality.   They take a long time to create, but are worth the wait.

This is the same plant and container configuration in a different location -- very clean, modern lines.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Never put your indoor plants outside in the sun

This indoor plant was moved outside into the sun for just a few hours.  The leaves were badly damaged and will fail in a matter of weeks due to the exposure.  Indoor plants have adjusted to interior lighting and will not typically adjust to the direct outdoor sun -- this is true even with plants that need a lot of light.  The sudden exposure is just too stressful so avoid the temptation to take an indoor plant outside to cheer it up.
These leaves should be bright green with yellow variegated edges.  The brown is due to direct exposure to the sun.

If a plant under our care is not looking good, call us -- that is what we are here for.  Do not take it outside for some sun!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Gorgeous new interior plant installation

We just completed this amazing install with custom containers, succulents and orchids -- see pictures below:

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