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Vines: The Perfect Plant for the Indoors

Vines: The Perfect Plant for the Indoors

With winter around the corner, we’ll be bringing the outdoors in, recreating the garden with vines that are happy to overtake the living room. And the kitchen. And the bath.

Here are a few potted favorites from the editors of Gardenista.

Above: Photograph via Purple Area.

Above: A gardening sink in Sweden by Agnetta Enzell.

Above: The studio of Alvar Aalto studio in Helsinki.

To see more ways to incorporate vines into your home, visit Vines As Indoor Decor.

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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


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9:23AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Love them!

2:02AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Thank you :)

4:40PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

thank you. lovely photos.

5:53AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Les, my kitchen window faces west, but there is little light because of a huge group of cedar trees just on the other side of the driveway, directly behind the house and the kitchen is on the "back" side of the house. So, except in summer and during the hours of about noon to 6:00 P..M. no direct light. The plant is on the window sill, above the kitchen sink. I don't have concerns about being toxic to animals because unlikely the cats will get up there to try to eat it. It's now been there for 8 years and almost completely around the window with just one "branch". I keep the other branches trimmed so the window doesn't become completely blocked. I stapled that branch to the side of the window with electrical conduit "staples" and never noticed until recently that another "branch"had climbed up the opposite side, entwining itself around the window blinds "control" wand.

12:27PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

i wish they listed the names of the vines and if they're okay with not much light. i looked up grape ivy (thanks diane) and it's not toxic to cats.

10:32PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

My favorite "vining" houseplant is GRAPE IVY. It's virtually indestructible. I have it in an attractive pot in my kitchen window and because of the humidity from washing dishes, it doesn't need misting, ever. It does grow profusely, so I keep it cut way back except for two "strands" which have been growing up the edges of the window, towards the top where they are now (after almost 8 years) starting to entwine the curtain rod which supports the valance across the top of the window.

12:44AM PST on Nov 24, 2012


11:24PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Nice,thanks for sharing

10:16PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

I had this plant pot with a vine in it and as time went on it grew further and further around the kitchen. Makes one think of Jack and the Bean stalk. Until my cat decided it wasn't just a plant pot, it would make a great loo. He killed it in a very short space of time.

7:04PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

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