Good Questions: Can You Give Me Advice on Using Plants Instead of Curtains?

Good Questions: Can You Give Me Advice on Using Plants Instead of Curtains?

Beth Zeigler
Oct 22, 2008

102208dwell-02.jpgLiz writes to us with a question after seeing an idea in Dwell Magazine:

The November issue of Dwell has an interesting article on a supportive-housing development in Chicago designed by Helmut Jahn ("All Aboard," pg 160). One resident uses large houseplants instead of curtains on his street-level windows to provide privacy and block light. (Pictured on pg 164, the photos are great, but I couldn't find one online.) I would love plants instead of curtains in our place! Have other AT readers used plants inside to create privacy or separate spaces? How difficult is it to find the right plant and right size? I would love ideas on how to do this or see what people have done!
Los Angeles

Thanks Liz for giving us the page number in Dwell Magazine. When we picked up our copy of Dwell last night at the Container Store, we knew just where to look to find the picture you were asking about. While we don't know what large plants work best indoors (we keep it safe and stick to succulents) we bet our readers might be able to help out. What we did find are pictures of other large scale plants for inspiration to get you started...

From Laure's post yesterday on How Having Less Is Having More We've consulted our plant experts and we're thinking that the tree on the right is a Madagascar Dragon Tree and the middle one looks like a Rubber Plant to us.

Flickr Find: Image from ninjapoodles]

We also found these posts with great ideas for using large scale plants indoors

  • Dramatic Indoor Plants

  • Dramatic Indoor Plants 2

  • Look!: Another Large Scale Plant

    So we need to know... what large plants (or small trees) would work best in an indoor setting but might be affected by the plants proximity to a window (and the more extreme temperatures that take place because of that). Are some easier to take care of than others? And most importantly, will these types of plants be easy to find locally?

    [Image on first page from Dwell Magazine]

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