Alternatives to Curb Your Plant-Killing Ways


My husband has put his foot down. I’m not allowed to bring a living plant into this house ever again. Because, despite my best interests and effort, I will kill it.

Now, I know there are people out there who’d say I just need to try harder. Maybe read a few books, be more attentive, do more, do less. But, I’ve tried. I’ve tried everything. I just can’t live with the guilt – or the pressure – anymore.

In the famous words of Yoda, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” I’m choosing to “do not”.

That doesn’t mean I plan to give up greenery in my house. Just the opposite… I’ve found creative ways to bring life into some rooms without the impending massacre. And to be clear, that doesn’t mean giving up on alllllll living plants, just being very selective and purposeful about what, how and why.

Artificial Plants

The easiest and most practical way to add some “life” into your decor is with some artificial plants. Fake flora come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices so you’re likely to have a very good selection to choose from.

The small potted succulents on the left are $4.99 from IKEA and a great little addition to any space. I also love using them for flatlays and other content creations. The middle photo shows two simple elephant plant stems I picked up from Dollarama and added to a clear, glass vase. On the right is a more expensive purchase from HomeSense, which is about four feet tall and came in a really nice, ceramic pot… my husband didn’t even realize it was faux at first!

Floral Prints & Accessories

Who ever said greenery and florals had to be in a vase? Think outside the container and consider adding some art, pillows or even furniture that brings a little nature indoors.

Here I added a gold-leaf pillow for variety under two prints with colourful florals depicted. I absolutely love the pops of colour and neither are necessarily green!


Edible Plants

I do still have some real-life plants in my house but I’ve been careful to pick plants that are either super hardy or can be eaten…. wait, what? Yes, that’s right! Eat your plants!! Pictured here is an absolutely gorgeous basil plant and over the last few months, I’ve used it in a variety of recipes. Nothing beats fresh herbs and they’re a great addition to any kitchen. It’s so pretty and smells amazzzzing.

Basil Plant

Low Maintenance Plants

Speaking of hardy, nothing beats cactus and succulents for longevity. Can you even tell what’s real and what’s not in this photo? Personally, I like to keep an Aloe Vera in the kitchen, which is great for quick relief of minor burns or cuts. Others I’ll purchase as I come across something interesting to me…. like these below. Unfortunately, I don’t know their names so if you can identify any of these plants, please let me know in the comments below!


Do you appreciate some greenery in your home but have a black-thumb like I do? What do you do to add flora to your decor? Please share your tips and ideas in the comments!

Looking for more at-home decor ideas? Check out some of the My House of Zing Pinterest Boards for more inspiration.

xoxo, Mary


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