This year’s best gifts for your plant people

Lisa Boone, Jeanette Marantos and Jan Molen, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertaining

Tortuga modular planters

Inspired by Bauhaus architecture, the Platform Vessel collection is designed by Farrah Sit, founder of Light + Ladder in Brooklyn, New York. The vessels are made of concrete and natural stone terrazzo and are available in various sizes, for indoor or outdoor use. Available online and in person at Potted in Atwater Village.

$45-$240 | tortugaliving.com

Xerces Society’s Pollinator Habitat sign

Building a pollinator-friendly yard means breaking the old rules about landscaping. The flower beds tend to be (delightfully) unruly, and leaf litter stays on the ground, to provide shelter for insects and mulch for the soil. You can help your friends explain this to their less-than-woke neighbors by giving them this beautiful, full-color sign, which announces that this yard is not neglected, just hard at work helping insects, birds and other animals survive. The proceeds go to support the work of the Xerces Society.

$57 | gifts.xerces.org


Edible Gardens LA poppy flower mix

We’re used to the classic orange poppy in Southern California, but Edible Gardens LA has put together a mix of larger and more exotic varieties, such as Jimi’s Flag, Hungarian Blue Breadseed Poppy, Black Swan, Jimi’s Purple Haze, Lucille, Rose Peony Poppy, Bridal Silk and Great Scarlet Poppy, that will fill a garden with huge, colorful, bee-friendly blooms. Owner Lauri Kranz recommends preparing the ground in early winter but to wait to plant until it rains. One good technique is to scatter the seeds just as the rain starts and to gently rake a thin covering of soil over the top. If you can’t wait for rain, make sure the seeds are watered well into the soil to discourage birds from nibbling on your future flowers. The seeds are $6, plus shipping.

$6 | ediblegardensla.com

Roo “Joey” garden apron


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