A few weeks ago, the Washington Post published this article which details how a 37-year-old Baltimore man spends four hours every Sunday watering, pruning, and generally caring for the hundreds of houseplants he keeps in his apartment. "Ridiculous," I thought after finishing the article. Then I picked up my brass watering can and tended to the four philodendrons I keep in my bedroom.
Houseplants have been around for generations, but, as the Post points out, they're experiencing a resurgence fueled in part by Instagram and design-focused folks looking to "spruce up" their interiors. In addition to adding visual pop, many indoor plants naturally purify the air around us, removing chemicals and environmental toxins. For those of us looking to add a new plant to our home, these Austin shops offer unique options and knowledgeable staff to help you make the right choice.
The Fox Den
In addition to being one of our favorite Instagram accounts, The Fox Den curates a beautiful selection of houseplants large and small. This East Austin shop has a constantly rotating stock of plants, ceramic pots, and macrame holders, among other things. While you're there, make sure to check out their small but thoughtful collection of vintage finds, jewelry, and locally made T-shirts.
1105 Chicon St., Ste. A
Frond Plant Shop
This South Austin shop is a go-to spot for thoughtful gifts and unique botanicals. Peruse the greenery, and while you're at it, pick up a hanging planter, glass vase, or brass accessories like watering cans and terrarium tweezers.
507 W. Mary St.
Breed & Co.
Any store where you can buy light bulbs, Waterford crystal, and a fern is worth a stop. Friendly, knowledgeable staff members can help you navigate the wide range of both indoor and outdoor plants, which range from philodendrons and orchids to perennials and succulents.
718 W. 29th St.; 3663 Bee Cave Rd.; and 20700 State Highway 71-W
Tillery Street Plant Company
Expect to find a super smart staff and more plants than you could possibly imagine at this this gem. Part nursery, part event space, Tillery Street offers occasional how-to classes on gardening in addition to the self-proclaimed largest selection of houseplants, tropical plants, organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs in East Austin.
801 Tillery St.
The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors is so much more than a typical garden store. In addition to selling everything from orchids and ferns to gardening tools and wind chimes, this South Congress spot offers classes in fairy gardens, as well as plants coaches, and off-site consultations.
2730 S. Congress Ave.