This year’s best gifts for your plant people

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

Published in Entertaining

More than one gardener has ruined a shirt by using it as a bag to hold bounty from the garden. Spokane, Wash.-based Roo has come up with a sturdy solution: colorful canvas aprons that hold a huge amount of whatever you want to harvest, with an easy release cord that allows you to gently dump the contents into a wheel barrel, sink or tub. The aprons come in dusty green and vivid purple, with a water-resistant lining and extra pockets. Best of all, they’re machine washable. Take that, juicy tomato smears!

$36 | rooapron.com

Gardguard 100-foot expandable hose and nozzle

OK, a 100-foot garden hose sounds like a pretty boring gift, right? And how do you wrap such an awkward, heavy thing? Ah, that is exactly the point of this suggested gift. This Gardguard hose has a polyester exterior with a latex core, and the whole kit fits easily in a bag smaller and much lighter than a Christmas turkey. Yet when you attach the hose to a faucet and turn it on, it expands to an amazing 100 feet. I wouldn’t recommend dragging this hose through dirt and mud every day, but with its handy nozzle and hanging rack it’s perfect for watering plants on a patio or small garden space. And once you’re done watering, the hose shrinks back up to nearly nothing, making it very easy to store. No more tripping over hard-to-coil hoses.


Mademax solar fountain

This is a simple but very useful and satisfying gift for anyone with a bird bath. Birds love moving water, but setting up a traditional fountain takes $$$ and lots of work. This little solar fountain does a mighty job of moving water in a bird bath without electricity or hoses. Just sit it in bird bath, wait for the sun and watch the water start moving. One selling point is that it has thin stabilizers to keep it from moving to the edge of the bird bath and spewing water over the side. It comes with a nozzle and lots of fancy fountain options, but most of the reviews say it’s best to not use the nozzle at all, unless you want to fill the bird bath every hour. The best choice is to use the fountain without the nozzle, so the water just gently burbles, a motion birds prefer anyway, and enough movement to deter pesky mosquitos.


Magnetic plant pins

Even shade plants can show off their sunny side with enamel pins by Plant Good Vibes. Sunglasses, googly eyes, caterpillars and more are held in place by plant-safe magnets, says the company, which took root after sneaking pins onto friends’ plants and waiting for them to take notice. “Now it will be slightly less weird when you talk to your plants like they are your babies,” says the website. Pro tip: The magnet has two strengths — try the weak one first, which we found plenty strong to do the job.

$7 | plantgoodvibes.com

L.A. Times plants insulated water bottle

This 22-ounce vacuum insulated water bottle keeps the cold stuff cold or the hot stuff hot for hours: Plus, you get to show off your love of all things plant (and your commitment to watch-dog journalism). Perfect companion for gardening, hiking and more. And yep, it’s built to fit standard cup holders.

$35 | store.latimes.com

L.A. Times plants tote bag

Tell the world you’re a devoted plant parent with this go-to tote. It’s made of 100% organic cotton, and it can take you — or your lucky giftee — from the farmers market to the grocery store to your favorite plant shop. (And do we need to tell you how many single-use plastic bags this can replace? Didn’t think so.)

$40 | store.latimes.com

L.A. Times plants baseball cap

Can’t you just see your dad in this — or anyone else who loves the outdoors? It’s the cap that goes from hiking to plant shopping to exploring L.A. In stone, 100% cotton, and it’s adjustable.

$30 | store.latimes.com

@LATimesPlants Zine

The plant lover in your life needs this limited-run zine made by our creative design team and featuring some of the best tips and advice from L.A. Times Plants. Plus, you’ll find memes, comics and features about whom you need to know (and follow) in the Los Angeles plant community.

$10 | store.latimes.com

Smart Pot double-sided balcony planter

Balcony gardens have a special set of challenges .... namely where to stack all the plants that residents want to grow and still have room for themselves. Enter this smart Smart Pot planter sold at Fig Earth Supply nursery in Mount Washington. It has two roomy pockets for planting any number of shallow-rooted herbs, greens or flowers, and it doesn’t require any fancy wires or hooks — all you need to do is sling it over the balcony bannister and voila! Instant (albeit tiny) garden.

$36 | figearthsupply.com

Bloomscape potting tarp

Repot your houseplants without making a mess with this water-resistant canvas and nylon tarp from Bloomscape. Snaps at each corner help to create a canvas container to hold soil, roots and other plant materials. Available in two sizes.

$70-$90 | bloomscape.com

Modern Sprout smart standard grow frame

Cultivate a lush landscape indoors with the Smart Growframe (20.8 by 17 by 5.5 inches) from Modern Sprout. Simply mount, add plants and connect to the Modern Sprout app. Light is delivered courtesy of dimmable full-spectrum LEDs and can be controlled with the smart app.

$199 | store.modsprout.com

Artisan Moss no water fern

Preserved moss and ferns from Artisan Moss may come in wooden boxes and ceramic pots but they don’t need any water or sun, which makes them the perfect gift for the black thumb in your life. They come in a variety of sizes with five types of plants available. And if someone happens to water it by accident as we did, don’t worry — it will survive.

$142 | shop.artisanmoss.com


Plant tags by Stacy Wong

Do you forget when you last watered your plants? Remind yourself with this stylish set of four marker tags by Manhattan Beach artist Stacy Wong. Each plant marker is hand-painted and made with birch wood and includes a removable chalkboard label. Using a piece of chalk, chalk marker or chalk pencil, you can write down when you last watered so you don’t forget. (Chalk not included). Or, use the markers to write funny quotes, the name of plants or just for decorating.

$36 | stacywonghandmade.com

The Sill DIY succulent terrarium kit

Terrariums are back in fashion, and the Sill makes it easy to create your own with this DIY kit. It comes with everything you need to create a miniature desertscape, including six succulents (2.5 inches in diameter), bags of cactus mix, lava rocks and sand, and a glass bowl (10 inches in diameter).

$68 | thesill.com

Greenery Unlimited Brass soil probes

Struggle with judging soil moisture? These beautiful brass probes from Greenery Unlimited are designed to assess the moisture content and condition of your soil by bringing up a small sample. Available in two sizes: 10 inches by .25 inch and 13.5 inches by .25 inch. Anti-microbial brass prevents the transmission of pests and pathogens.

$26-$32 | foliacollective.com

Burgon & Ball slender trowel

This long, thin trowel designed by Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball is perfect for repotting indoor houseplants and allows access to tight spaces that might be difficult for a standard-size trowel. The stainless steel trowel measures 13.78 by 1.96 inches and comes in an elegant gift box. The trowels feature 10-year warranties.

$28 | foliacollective.com

‘House Planted’ by Lisa Muñoz

Brooklyn-based interior plant designer Lisa Muñoz’s new book, “House Planted: Choosing, Growing, and Styling the Perfect Plants for your Space,” is the perfect gift for the plant lover who has been struggling with placement. Muñoz offers tips on how to pick the perfect plants to complementyour interiors, plants that will thrive indoors and creative ways to display plants at home.

$17 | leafandjune.com

Foliage Friday Face Mask

Identify yourself as a plant parent with a reusable face mask from Jacqueline and Arturo Chavez’s Foliage Fanatic line of plant wear. The mask features an adjustable nose wire, a pocket for a filter and elastic bands with size regulators. Made from 100% polyester microfiber.

$25 | thefoliagefanatic.com

Kelsey Melville snake planters

You can never have too many pots. Seattle artist Kelsey Melville‘s handmade snake planters are an argument for pot hoarding. The planters, each of which is unique, measure four inches in diameter and include a drainage hole.

$48 | greenwood-shop.com

Luna Reece Joshua ceramic planter

Artist Andrea Luna Reece’s colorful 6- by 5-inch Joshua planter is painted by hand in Costa Mesa, and inspired by Midcentury Modern design and the desert.

$60 | lunareece.com

Wood and water propagation frames

Propagation frames by San Diego-based Modern Botanical Shop are hand-crafted from responsibly sourced materials and designed with glass vases large enough to allow your plant cuttings to grow for years. Seasonal cuttings include baby monstera, pothos, philodendrons and spider plants. Available online or in-person at the Juicy Leaf in Glassell Park.

$54, frame only | modernbotanical.shop

Blooming Tables side table

Display plants and succulents like works of art in Blooming Tables’ waterproof side table, which is lined with an acrylic tub, a twist-to-open drain valve and a removable glass top for easy watering. Available as a desk, coffee table and entryway table.

$229 and up | bloomingtables.com

Treleaf Monstera trellis

Treleaf’s Monstrella trellis is a stylish yet functional solution to the unattractive moss poles and ad hoc chopsticks we all use to support our indoor plants. Inspired by the Monstera plant, the trellis is made by laser cutting a 1/4-inch-thick cherry finish wood sheet and is sealed with exterior-grade coating for protection against moisture. Available in two sizes.

$45-$60 | treleaf.shop