5 Plants Perfect for Beginners

5 Indoor Plants Perfect for Beginners

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So as you might know, I’m a major plant addict. I’ve loved plants, gardening and everything found in nature for as long as I can remember and have always been fascinated with plants and flowers as a little kid. Aside from my veggie patch adventures outdoors, one of my favourite things to do inside the home is decorating it with indoor plants. I just love the feeling of bringing the outdoors in and blurring the line between the two. Plants bring life to indoor spaces, give it a fresh feel and can also literally clean the air as well! Over the past couple of years, my indoor plant collection has slowly grown and grown. The picture above, only shows a third or quarter of my collection .. oops!

Through trials and experimentations, I’ve learnt that some plants are easier to look after than others. On one side of the spectrum, there have been ones which I have sadly killed (hi, every single fern that has walked inside my door also once, a pilea peperomioides I paid $85 for – how heartbreaking) and then on the other side, there are ones which I have magically kept alive without much effort. Today, I want to share with you my guide for anyone who wants to add some greenery to their home, starting with plants that you just can’t kill.

Zanzibar Gem

The ZZ plant is one of those plants that thrives on neglect. It’s one of the few plants that can survive in dark corners and only needs to be watered maybe once a month in summer and once every couple of months in winter. My ZZ lives in the darkest corner of my bedroom and I have so far only watered it 4 times in 4 months, yet it seems extremely happy having shot out three new shoots already. Oh and I lie, unfortunately there is a way to kill this plant – by watering it too much. So keep it on the dry side. Trust me, it won’t die.

Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)

Devil’s ivy was my first ever house plant and the fact that it’s still alive means that it was one easy thing to look after. At home, it’s lived in a medium brightness indirect spot on the top of my shelf with its vines trailing down. I water it every so often when the top inch of the soil is dry and sometimes, I’ll even forget to water it yet it keeps shooting out new leaves. The plant grows very fast in summer, shooting out new leaves non-stop and it is super easy to propagate as well, simply cut about a few leaves worth of stem off the ends, cutting just under a root node and popping it in water.

Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monsteras have been a part of my household for as far as I remember. When I was a child, I used to hate this plant because it was so big and frightening and dare I say, ugly. It eventually actually got so big that my parents had to plant it outdoors and so my first personal indoor monstera was actually a cutting from our old outdoor one. I planted the cutting indoors and it had massive leaves! I wanted something smaller so I eventually bought a small one (pictured above) from a nursery and have been looking after it for about a year now. It’s grown heaps since! Monsteras are quite easy to look after, I keep mine in a bright indirect spot and turn it every now and then to encourage the leaves to sit how I want them to sit (they always face the sun so you can play around and figure out what position turns the leaves how you want them to sit). I water it when the top inch of the soil looks dry and again, it seems like one of those plants that can tolerate an irregular watering schedule.

Zebra (Prayer Plant)

I always thought this plant was a calathea but it actually belongs to a related family, the ctenanthe genus. Gosh these plants grow so fast! I originally bought one of these for a friend, who then gave me a cutting from it. I only had it for a few months when it shot out two new shoots so I separated these and put them in another pot. This is one of them. These plants are so easy to look after. It loves indirect light and watering when the top inch of the soil is dry. If the leaves droop, it means it’s thirsty. If you watch carefully, the leaves change direction all the time!

Heartleaf Philodendron

My heartleaf philodendron is one of my more recent acquisitions but the speed and ease at which it grows makes me think that it also deserves to be on a ‘plants you can’t kill list’. I treat it much like how I treat my devil’s ivy, having it in an indirect spot and watering it when the top inch of the soil is dry. The leaves just keep popping out and they are so cute, in a dark green heart shape.

I hope you enjoyed this plant-filled post! Let me know if you’d like to see another one, I have so many more plants to share!


8 Plants that Can Survive Apartment Living

8 Houseplants that Can Survive Urban Apartments, Low Light and Under-Watering

Ever since a friend recommended that I start following The Sill, a Brooklyn-based plant company, on Instagram, I’ve been hooked. Besides knowing how to curate some seriously good-looking plant porn, they also seem to know a thing or two about caring for monstera, and oxalis, and pothos—and their weekly workshops prove it. So when I wanted to find out the ultimate apartment plants, I turned to The Sill to round up a list of favorites.

According to The Sill, choosing the right plant for your plant-care style and your specific home are two of the most important factors for keeping a houseplant alive. Based on the conditions of your home, along with your aesthetic preferences, you can find your best match. Read on for The Sill’s 8 favorites and who they work best for, then adopt your new plant baby from their online shop, or their store in NYC.

Snake Plant

Best for: Forgetful plant parents

Top Qualities:

  • Its succulent-like adaptations for surviving droughts make it best for owners who can never remember to water their plants.
  • It can tolerate low levels of light, making it suitable for first-floor apartments.
  • A high conversion rate of carbon dioxide to oxygen and its ability to filter out airborne toxins, such as benzene and formaldehyde, mean it cleans air better better than most plants.

ZZ Plant

Best for: Low-light apartments

Top Qualities:

  • Can survive low light levels, even in a dim apartment.
  • It’s drought-tolerant, thanks to large succulent rhizomes located underneath the surface of the soil that store water for the plant during times of drought (aka, plant neglect).
  • Native to eastern Africa, this plant thrives in a dry, stable environment.
  • Grows horizontally (so it won’t collide with your low ceiling).


Best for: High shelves or a hanging planter

Top Qualities:

  • This trailing plant looks awesome, especially when perched on a high shelf.
  • It grows quickly, and is easy to propagate by rooting cuttings in water.
  • It prefers medium, indirect light, so you don’t need the sunniest apartment on the block.
  • Only needs to be watered about once a week.


Best for: Homes with plant-nibbling pets

Top Qualities:

  • Peperomia is non-toxic, making it a safe bet for apartments with curious pets.
  • With over 1,000 recorded species, there is a huge variety to choose from, with many difference appearances. One favorite is the watermelon peperomia, known for this green-and-white striped leaves.
  • Prefers medium, indirect light, and can be watered about once a week.


Best for: Style seekers

Top Qualities:

  • This lush and leafy plant can make an apartment feel like a jungle. Plus, it’s basically a requirement if you’re going for that whole artful bohemian look.
  • Monstera grows horizontally in an irregular shape, providing a home with instant character.
  • Prefers bright light, so belongs in a spot beside your biggest window.

Bird’s Nest Fern

Best for: Apartments that could use a tropical touch

Top Qualities:

  • There are over 10,000 species of ferns, but this is one of The Sill‘s favorites for its wavy leaves and tropical vibe.
  • Prefers moderate to low indirect light, so it’s great for apartments with minimal sunlight.
  • They’re non-toxic, so safe for Fluffy to chomp on.
  • Note: This fern prefers a humid environment and frequent weekly waterings, so it’s not great for dry apartments or those who are often out of town.


Best for: Those who wish their plants could talk

Top Qualities:

  • If you’re one of those helpless plant owners who wishes their plant could clearly communication their needs, consider the begonia. It wilts dramatically when it needs water, so you’ll never have to guess how it’s feeling.
  • Thousands of hybrids have been made, so there is a variety for everyone.
  • With new types being created all the time, begonias are no longer the stuffy, old-timey houseplants you may think it is.


Best for: Doting plant parents

Top Qualities:

  • Hands-on plant parents don’t need to worry about smothering their orchid—it will almost certainly enjoy the extra attention.
  • Most species, including the popular Phalaenopsis, are non-toxic and pet-safe.
  • Most species like bright, indirect light, with a few hours of sun.

10 Best Plants to Keep Mosquitoes Away

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As much as we love summer, it does have annoying mosquitos. I am sharing 10 Plants to Keep Mosquitos Away! Help repel mosquitos by filling your garden with as many plants that keep mosquitos away and hopefully, you’ll have a mosquito-free yard!

Many of the 10 plants to keep mosquitos away are easy to add to your patio decor. They will not only look beautiful but serve a purpose in keeping your outdoor space pest free!

If you want to control mosquitos so you can cut down or eliminate using dangerous poisons look no further than nature to do so. As you choose which plants to use, consider placement, putting them where you are more likely to hang out such as doorways, near windows and near outdoor seating. 

A lot of the plants do double duty as they’re actually edible and can be used in culinary dishes such as lavender in ice-cream or basil and garlic in your marinara sauce. Plus they look interesting and aren’t usually that hard to grow or take care of. I have many of these planted in the yard or in flower pots.

Basil – This is one of 10 plants to keep mosquitos away. You can make your own natural mosquito repellent with dried basil very easily. Simply steep a cup of dried basil in 1/2 cup of filtered boiling water, kind of like you would make tea. In fact, you can use a tea ball to help make this a neater job. Add in a little basil essential oil and about 1/2 cup of some sort of alcohol that is safe for the skin.

Catnip – There are some studies that show that catnip oil is better at repelling mosquitoes than harsh chemical insect repellants. If this is true, you should try it. You can buy it already made catnip oil repellent or make your own catnip mosquito repellent. It works on other types of pests too. 

Citronella – This lemony plant is the most popular known plant to help keep mosquitos away. You’ve likely seen citronella candles that work too, but why not just plant this pretty grass-like plant. You should plant it in large containers that can be easily protected during frost and place strategically around when guests are visiting.

Garlic – The bulb of the garlic plant’s amino acid make up coverts to a substance called allicin once you crush it, blend it or chop it. You can actually blend the bulbs with water and water other plants and foliage (and humans) with it to help repel insects. Here are a few recipes you can try.

Geranium — Plant scented citronella geraniums to help control mosquitos in pots to put around your patio and in areas that you and your guests might want to sit without being bothered by mosquitos.

You can also crush the leaves and add to lotions to help the repellent work even better.

Lavender – Growing lavender is fun and has many uses including as a mosquito repellent and it’s a lot more plant to smell than some of the other options. If you don’t want to grow it you can purchase lavender soaps, essential oils, and lotions to use as a mosquito repellent.

Lemon Balm – This also smells a lot better than citronella or garlic and works well too. All you have to do is take the leaves and crush them and rub them on your body where the skin will be exposed. 

Marigolds – Most people who grow vegetables tend to plant marigolds within, and for good reason. These magical flowers help banish many types of insects including mosquitoes. Of course, the smell is usually not that pleasant to humans either, but they’re not hard to look at or grow. 

Peppermint – This delicious tasting and smelling plant is a great mosquito repellent. Bugs hate the smell and the flavor of them. You can either crush up the leaves or rub on skin or you can use an essential oil infused lotion. Thankfully, peppermint is easy to grow because you’ll want to use it for mosquito repellent and for yourmojitos. Buy peppermint essential oil here. 

Rosemary – You can boil a cup of dried rosemary in a quart of filtered water for 20 minutes, and then strain into another quart of filtered water. Pour into individual spray bottles, to use when going outside where mosquitoes might be. Be sure to store unused portion in the fridge.

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6 Plants to Plant in Your Bedroom to Drastically Improve Your Health

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Indoor toxins affect our health much more than we know, and they increase the intake of allergies, asthma, inflammation, respiratory issues, and even cancer.

Casper The Blog reports:

“Houseplants can do more than just make your shelves look brighter. They also can boost your mood, enhance your creativity, reduce your stress levels, increase your productivity, bring you tranquility, maintain indoor humidity levels, produce oxygen, and naturally filter air pollutants. You could say they’re quite the multi-taskers.

Houseplants actually improve indoor air quality. Dry indoor air is blamed for a host of ailments like respiratory problems, sore throats, colds, and even breakouts. Indoor plants help to maintain, and in some cases increase, humidity levels by emitting water vapor during transpiration.

And in addition to emitting oxygen and humidity — plants produce negative ions, similar to many fancy air-purifying machines. The negative ions attach themselves to, and effectively remove, any particles in the air such as dust, mold spores, bacteria, and allergens.

The presence of negative ions has also been shown to increase psychological health, productivity, and overall well-being. Some common houseplants even take it a step further in air quality control, naturally filtering indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene.”

Plants keep the planet viable for human life, and while some of them are extremely beneficial when grown in the kitchen and main living spaces, the following ones are wonderfully suited for the bedroom, where they could work some magic in the sleep department.

These are the best houseplants you can grow in your bedroom:

Aloe Vera is also called “the plant of immortality”, and despite the countless medicinal properties, it cleanses the air and boosts oxygen levels.

Jasmine releases a pleasant scent that improves sleep, increases alertness, and treats depression and anxiety.

Lavender is another plant that can help you lower stress and anxiety. It calms babies, slows the heart rate, and boosts sleep quality.

Snake plant is an effective way to naturally ease eye irritations, respiratory problems, and headaches, and to boost your energy levels.

Rosemary boosts memory and drastically enhances the air quality in the room.

English ivy has been found to reduce airborne mold by 94% and is highly beneficial in the case of lung irritations and allergies 

Therefore, grow some of these plants in your bedroom, and you will drastically improve your health!

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The Best Indoor Plants for a Better Nights Sleep

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We all know that getting enough sleep is very important to our health and well being. But few of us actually manage to get the amount we require on a regular basis. If you’ve tried all the usual sleep tips like changing your mattress, sleep apps and curbing your caffeine addiction and you’re still having trouble, maybe it’s time to try adding some greenery to your bedroom. Plants have many health benefits that could help you sleep better. They lower stress levels, cleanse the air and of course it doesn’t hurt that they look good while they do it! So without further ado, here’s our list of the 7 best indoor plants to help you sleep.


With its beautifully scented white flowers, jasmine lifts your mood and makes for the perfect bedroom plant. It is known to alleviate stress and improve the quality of sleep. Studies have shown it can reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure and even have positive effects on your alertness and productivity. And the intoxicating aroma promotes relaxation and has a gentle calming effect – perfect for when you’re trying to get to sleep.

Grow jasmine in a well-lit or sunny spot and in moist, well-drained soil.


Lavender is very well known to be soothing and relaxing and is great choice of indoor house plant. Studies discovered that the smell of lavender reduces stress and decreases heart rate and blood pressure supporting its long standing use in essential oils and all manner of sleep aids. It can even reduce crying in babies, a blessing for any new, sleep-deprived parent.

Lavender needs full sun so place in a sunny indoor spot. Water only when top inch of soil is dry.


The snake plant, also called “mother in law’s tongue” is an excellent choice for your bedroom as it’s one of the best air purifying plants. This is a claim supported by none other than NASA themselves! Along with its mate, the spider plant, the snake plant is very effective at removing toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene from the air you breathe. Additionally while most plants emit oxygen only during the day, the snake plant continues to do so at night, helping to clean the air  in your home around the clock. It is also known to reduce headaches and respiratory problems.

And as though we needed a reason to love it even more, it doesn’t need much light or water, it is hard to kill and thrives on neglect! We’re smitten.


Already well known for its medicinal uses in treating sunburn, or would healing, aloe vera is also one of the best indoor plants to keep in the bedroom for the benefits it provides to indoor air quality. It removes toxic chemicals such as benzene from the air and like the snake plant, aloe vera emits oxygen at night, helping you get a deeper sleep. Did you know it was called the ‘plant of immortality’ by the Egyptians? It’s hard to kill and will happily reproduce so you can populate every room in the house with this air cleansing plant. Or you could pot the new growths up and it would make a most thoughtful gift.

Keep your aloe vera in indirect, bright light and water well every couple of weeks.


The peace lily is not only easy on the eye, it’s also so effective at filtering benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide from the air, so much so that it tops NASA’s list of air purifying plants. What’s more, they can help kill airborne bacteria and remove mould spores from the air by essentially munching on them! It also raises the humidity in your room by as much as 10% which can help stop that dry mouth or nose from keeping you awake.

Peace lilies don’t need much light and only moderate watering – just remember to keep it away from children and pets.


This one is probably best saved for the not-so-black thumbs among us as it takes a little bit of looking after. But your care will be well rewarded as beautiful, glossy-leafed gardenias smell divine and science shows they can relieve stress and anxiety  as well as or even better than Valium! That bodes very well for peaceful slumber night after night. Just smelling the flowers can have a sedative effect and some people use gardenias in lieu of sleeping pills to improve the quality of sleep and promote healthy sleep patterns.

To care for a gardenia you need high humidity and a filtered sunny spot along with rich, slightly acidic soil. Water frequently.


Pothos and golden pothos in particular is one of the most popular house plants and for good reason. It’s rather attractive so not only makes the perfect accessory in your Instagram photos but it is easy to look after and is very good at removing formaldehyde, benzene other toxins including carbon monoxide from the air. The positive effect it has on indoor air quality makes it one of the best plants for bedrooms.

Pothos can grow with very little light and don’t need a lot of water. Just keep it away from children and pets as it can be poisonous if eaten. Looks great on a high shelf or hanging from the ceiling.

So now you know the best indoor plants to give you clean air and promote peaceful sleep. Go get one or a few and then go on and upgrade to pure cotton sheets too for the best sleep ever!

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5 Ways Indoor Plants Help Fight Sadness

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We all love the aesthetic of foliage inside our homes, but what if the very plants you loved looking at, improved your health as well?

It is well known that plants have a direct influence on our well-being. After all, they do help convert carbon dioxide into clean oxygen – an incredible feat that is much needed in our heavily polluted, over-populated world.

Not so surprisingly, recent studies have suggested that indoor plants fight sadness and improve our overall well-being. This is good news, considering many of us spend over 80% of our lives indoors (especially those of us that live in colder climates in the winter!).

Why Plants Improve Mood

There are many reasons why plants might improve our mood.

1. Aesthetically pleasing: house plants add a nice balance of colour to just about any room. The colour green is also very calming and grounding, and is even quite stress-reducing. The natural aesthetic beauty of flowers have a soothing effect on our brain, and at the same time help lower high levels of stress and anxiety.

2. Need to be loved: plants need to be taken care of to grow and thrive, and the simple act of being a caretaker has a positive effect on our psyche. One study found that those who spend extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have better relationships with other people and therefore experience increased levels of happiness. Those who spend more time around plants are more likely to help and care for others, and are more willing to reach out to their fellow humans to form stronger bonds. Caring for a living plant also gives us purpose and is rewarding – especially when you see that living thing bloom and thrive.

3. Filter polluted air: air pollutants put stress on our body and make us feel less than great about ourselves. By helping filter our airborne pollutants, plants improve indoor air quality, which is associated with improvements in physical health.

While any plant will help boost your mood and filter out airborne pollutants, these 5 indoor plants that fight sadness are some of the best.

1. Peace Lily

Peace lilies are beautiful plants that are easy to care for and produce amazing flowers. They’re at the top of NASA’s list of beneficial greens that help detox the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and ammonia. Keep this plant in a room where you spend most of your time – like the bedroom or living room – so you can benefit from its toxin-destroying powers.

Keep this plant well watered and fertilize every 6-8 weeks to encourage flowers to emerge and bloom.

2. Spider Plant

One of the most popular indoor plants, spider plants not only look great, but are especially good at absorbing mould and allergens from the air. They’re also effective at fighting pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. For these reasons, spider plants do well just about anywhere in the house. If you have a particularly high-humidity area in the home, the plant would perform well to reduce mould growth.

Provide spider plants with well-drained soil, and bright, indirect light. Unlike most plants, spider plants prefer to dry out between waterings.

3. Philodendron

This heart-shaped plant is quite popular, given it is easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. These plants are particularly good at absorbing xylene, a chemical commonly used in wall paint and cleaning supplies. They’re also good at absorbing high levels of formaldehyde from the air (similar to peace lilies!).

This plant requires a warm spot with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. Don’t water them too often – you’ll know when to re-water when the top layer of soil starts to dry out.

4. English Ivy

This wandering vine is not only pleasing to the eye, but it is particularly useful in eliminating airborne faecal-matter particles. It is also great for homes who house smokers, as they have the ability to soak up carcinogens from second-hand smoke.

This plant doesn’t require much maintenance, but be sure you keep it away from your cat and dog, as it is poisonous to them!

5. Boston Fern

Like the ivy, boston ferns are particularly great at filtering the air. In fact, they can remove up to 1863 toxins per hour. That’s definitely something that will help give you peace of mind. The cleaner the air is in your home, the more happier you’ll be! Indoor air pollution creates nasty symptoms that none of us have the time or patience to deal with. The better you feel physically, the better you’ll feel mentally.

This plant needs a cool place with high humidity and indirect light. If you live in a particularly dry area, make sure to provide additional humidity for them, especially in the winter.

Indoor Gardening; An Enviromemt Friendly Thing

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Gardening doesn’t only make your home beautiful but likewise provides you with an outlet to relieve yourself of worries and anxieties. Men and women alike are engrossed in this kind of hobby whereas some of them earn profits out of growing the best plants in their yards.

However, the common problem that gardeners face is that of the weather and climate, weeds, and of course, the parasite attack. Not only that, the use of chemicals may also bring harm to the environment. That is why there is an effective substitute for it and that is no other than the indoor gardening.

The Benefits of Indoor Gardening

Gardening inside your home has lots of benefits. For one, it is eco-friendly. What does that mean? Basically it is a very environment-friendly way of detoxifying the air inside the premises of your home. It also allows you to come up with chemical-free herbs for your use in the kitchen. It acts as a décor to your home. And not to mention that it is truly stress-relieving to find an indoor garden within the confines of your abode.

A lot of people all over the world are so enthused into trying their luck at indoor gardens. When made as a hobby, one can definitely enjoy it while feeling very much productive as well.

Easy to Grow Plants for Your Indoor Garden

There are people whom we usually call the green thumbs. Meaning to say, their lucks are in full swing as they try their level best to grow different plants. This is not however a common talent of many people. Some are termed as black thumbs. Call it luck or coincidence but some plants just die fast with them.

But don’t fret because here are some very easy to grow plants or herbs for your indoor garden. You may consider them the latest additions to your home ornaments and natural air cleaners as well.

The Weeping Fig

The plant is basically hardy and will definitely survive even when you don’t exert much time and effort in taking care of it.

The Chinese Evergreen

If your home has low-light condition, this is an ideal plant to grow because it doesn’t require too much maintenance. It is also ideal for the beginning gardeners.

The Cactus Combo Bonsai

They are unique yet ideal for any kind of climate because they can easily adapt to the changing moisture level and climate condition.

The Chamaedorea Palm

It fits well into homes that have the tropical themes.

The Braided Ficus Tree

It doesn’t require much maintenance either and easily adapts to indoor setting.

The English Ivy

This comes as a fantastic choice for topiaries or hanging baskets.

The Peace Lily

It acts as a great air purifier that likewise results to the best blooms and greenery.

The Boston Fern

Ferns don’t require much of feeding. You can even do that once in a month and they since they basically love high humidity, they can be placed inside a greenhouse or a bathroom.

So, don’t you think it is time you try your hands at indoor gardening?

The Week that Was

The week that was! Catch up on all the latest happenings from across the Sunnydale Team!

Our client had a rather bare wall at the back of their cafe and asked us what we could do to brighten up the area. Our team came up with the design and installation of this vibrant green wall which looks striking against the red brick.

This quick solution provided helped create a warm and inviting atmosphere for customers and the client was suitably impressed!

Photo of the before and after of an installation of a green wall in a cafe

Our latest shopping centre install from our Permanent Hire team saw a very creative combination of rustic stone like decorator pots with a selection of some of our most popular indoor plants. This installation included the tobacco leaf fig which has seen a huge jump in popularity with the rise of its use in interior design. You can have a look at the tobacco leaf fig and our other varieties in our gallery or talk to one of our experienced plant technicians.


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Monster Plant & Pot Sale! Don’t Miss Out!

In late January we will be hosting our first Monster Plant and Pot Sale where we will be selling some our Ex Hire Stock as well as new plants from our growing Nursery.This is sure to be a big event and will hopefully be a regular occurrence in 2019. Some of the stock that will be available on the day include;

  • Large outdoor plants
  • Small table top succulents
  • Mixture of different decorator pots
  • Indoor Plants

If you are looking at sprucing up your house and garden at a bargain price then this will be the event for you so stay tuned over the next few weeks for further updates including on all of our Socials.