Personal plant altar

A green source of calm and an explosion of energy

Now that the tinsel, the baubles and the fairy lights have left the house again, we need to elevate things in a different way. The word ‘altar’ is derived from the Latin word ‘altus’ and literally means ‘high’. But surely an altar is something religious? Yes, but our plant altar isn’t. It’s a beautiful spot in your home which provides you with calm, inspiration and strength. We’ll need that, because 2017 has almost certainly started with a rush. A perfectly styled plant altar helps you to take a quick break to enjoy it, for the energy that it emits or just because you’re cheered by the gorgeous display that you’ve created. Fill a cabinet with lovely green apparitions, or cover a shelf with extravagant explosions of leaves. Add a couple of candles, place some extra plants on the floor and fill it up with inspirational quotes. Hello plant altar!

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How to make the perfect plant altar

A plant altar is personal and positive. You therefore create it from plants and items that make you happy, and on a base that matches you perfectly. Usefully, the spot where a Christmas tree was recently basking is now empty and abandoned. In other words: the perfect spot for a love-filled botanical experience

Step 1: the botanical base

Create or select a base on or in which you can place a lot of plants. This could be a coffee table, a stack of weathered wooden crates, a cabinet, a structure on the wall  ... just as long as it matches you perfectly. 

Step 2: plants, plants and maybe a few more plants

Shopping trip: bring a load of plants home. Opt for different sizes to give an exciting or cheerful effect. Combine your favourite leaf shapes with symbolic meanings. Hence Ceropegia is often viewed as a symbol of love and the Lily as a symbol of  purity, love and femininity. It’s also important to choose plants that match the greenness of your fingers. After all, it still need to look good next month.

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Step 3: marvellous extras 

Obviously you’ll place the plant in gorgeous pots or on fabulous dishes, but your marvellous display can probably use few extras. Think of candles, meaningful stones, or simply a brick if you want to make it all a bit more rugged. Place various inspirational quotes amongst the plants in suitable fonts, and simply looking at your altar will fill you with energy every time. 

Step 4: the centrepiece

Now we come to arranging it all! The centrepiece of your altar will attract the most attention. This does not necessarily need to be in the middle of the altar. Select the spot you want to get the greatest focus, and place the best pot here. Then take the arrangement upwards, after which you fill in the sides and continue to the bottom. 

Step 5: finished! Or are you?

You’ve created a beautiful display that you can gaze at endlessly. But your plant altar still isn’t finished. It’s really never finished! Plants grow, and your mood changes. So allow the altar to move and live. Transpose, switch and add ... and most importantly: enjoy!