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Plants of Season 4

May 3, 2017

What is my absolute favorite part of finishing up a Fixer Upper project? That’s easy—adding plants. Honestly, I could spend hours in a greenhouse asking questions, picking things out and soaking it all in. To me, plants bring a space to life, and that is one of the best parts of personalizing a home for my clients.

Lately, I’ve been getting some questions about the plants I chose for Season 4, so today I decided to give you the scoop on a few of my favorites.


An olive branch is a symbol of peace and is something I love to give as a gift or incorporate in a sunny corner of a home. The simplicity of Olive Trees is what makes them one of my favorites. These trees love sun and are sensitive—so try not to move it around too much after you’ve found the right spot.

I used this stuff all over the flip house. It grows like crazy, so use it when you’re looking for long, whimsical vines that drape down. It’s also a pretty popular houseplant, so it’s easy to find, too!  Hoya doesn’t require direct sunlight, but it definitely perks up when parked close to a window.

This plant is a winner because it can survive with little care and hardly any light. If you’re new to plant care, this is a great starter. It’s also called the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or Viper’s Bowstring Hemp.

A fun name for a fun succulent. If you’re going for a more modern look, the “String of Bananas” is the plant for you. Hanging these on hooks in your ceiling is an easy way to bring a corner of your home to life—just be sure not to overwater!

This plant grows like crazy and is low maintenance. Variegated Vinca thrives in just about every area, including shaded spots, so even if you don’t have the perfect “plant spot” in your house, try this. Just give it a little love and before you know it, it’ll be time to replant in a bigger pot.


A Fiddle Leaf Fig tree grows about 6 feet tall indoors – sometimes even taller! If you have the patience and a green thumb, you can save some cash and buy it as a baby fiddle. Just keep in mind, they are sometimes a little testy, so finding the right sun might be a trick. But this is one I will always have around. I love their big green leaves, and I especially appreciate that no two are just alike

My girls use this sweet little plant as ground cover in their fairy gardens, so it’s all over my greenhouse. In season 4, I used it a lot as the perfect plant to complete a bookshelf or coffee table.

This is a low maintenance cactus plant—that only blooms at night! The best part about this thing is that it requires minimal watering and can handle low-sun areas. I used this in a few different places in the Wixsom home, because it gives off the same modern, unique vibe that this project did.

This plant is hardy and can survive in sun or shade. I love the shape of it. It can be used for groundcover, but I love the way it hangs happily over the side of the pot it’s planted in. This thing lives up to it’s name…it grows fast and can be pretty invasive. So keep that in mind when planting.

Indoors, these need a warm room with lots of light. And don’t overwater! These tend to grow straight upright, so they add lots of height and texture to shelving. It’s been one of my favorites from this past season. This is a plant I love to couple with the String of Bananas Succulent from earlier in the post. They’re both in the succulent family and look great side by side.

Most of you know I’m a self proclaimed plant lady, so I’m constantly on the lookout for my new favorites. And it’s worth noting that most of these plants can be found at your local nursery or even home improvement store. Do you have any plants that I should check out on my next trip to the nursery? Comment below and you may find them in season 5!

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  • Vancouver Barista
    2:08 pm, August 12, 2017
    Such a helpful post. Thank you!
  • Maria fulton
    8:35 am, August 11, 2017
    I would like to paint the entire of my house grey can you give me advise which brand of grey is best. What shade is grey is popular?
  • Kimberly ORosky
    11:33 am, August 8, 2017
    Elephant Bush is definitely my favorite. I love the way it grows and it's indeed easy to care for. We have several Christmas Cactus as well as a few non prickly succulents that we've picked up from East Austin Succulents - a hidden gem in ATX! I'm looking forward to trying a few of these out.
  • Charles
    6:22 pm, July 27, 2017
    I love all kinds of plants but hardy leafy types work best in home designs. My personal favorite leafy green is got to be the Ficus. Not only is hardy but tolerates both high and low level light and water. Be warned though it gets really tall and bushy and it can drop a lot of leaves in winter months.

    As for flowering plants Jasmine will always top my list. Of course Jasmine grows best outdoors in warmer climates but with a person that has a green thumb I've seem jasmine do quite wonderful in container gardens as well as indoors. With Jasmine's pleasant scent makes it perfect for a nice sized bedroom plant. I like to raise it outside bedroom windows for a natural air freshener plus some say jasmine makes for a calming effect in bedrooms.

    I also love love tropical plants but these only work best in warm weather locations so be very selective in this area.
  • Dee
    4:58 pm, July 18, 2017
    One of my favorite plants is the old fashioned succulent, Aloe. It thrives on my porch in the midwest from May through September. Once brought inside for the winter, it easily adapts and adds beautiful height and fullness on a table in a well lit room. Plus, its medicinal qualities are great for treating cuts, scrapes, burns, and bug bites!
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