Plants just make everything nicer. And, even in L.A., where we have the option go outside and hang out with plants in their natural environment most days of the year, it is still special to have your own personal plant buddies waiting for you when you get home. When you’re ready to outfit your space with tiny succulents, imposing ferns, or anything in between, these L.A. plant shops will hook you up with all the supplies and expertise you need.
Low-maintenance, great looking, drought tolerant–there’s a lot to love about cacti. Sisters Daniella Carrasco and Andanette Valderrama certainly think so; they’re continuing a multi-generational business that was founded in Tuscon and has now expanded to L.A. Visit them when you’re seeking a succulent that stands out from the succulent crowd. 128 N. Avenue 64, Highland Park
Only the most fashionable plants end up at Rolling Greens. Often called on to do the plant styling for fancy events and magazine shoots, they can also help you make your home a lush wonderland. Not sure where to start? They offer frequent hands-on classes and workshops that will have you feeling like a proper gardner in no time. And if that still doesn’t work, they also stock faux foliage so convincing nobody will know the difference. 7505 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; 9528 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City
A classic among L.A. plant shops, Venice Plants has been greening up the Westside for almost 30 years, and specializing in succulents and tropicals. You’ll find cool cacti, lush palms, chic mid-century-modern planters and stands (at reasonable prices), and a small collection of Buddha statues. 620 Venice Blvd., Venice
Let’s say you like the idea of having plants, but you don’t really want to bother with picking them out, finding the right size pots, knowing what soil you need, and all that stuff. Kind of like how you like the idea of eating dinner, but don’t want to cook. Well, consider Léon & George L.A.’s Postmates for plants. You select your pre-potted plant off their site, they deliver it direct to your home, and they even plant a tree in the forest in your honor. leonandgeorge.com
Tucked into Pasadena’s super-charming Burlington Arcade, Folia is a sunny shop and studio filled with plants, vessels, and an assortment of plant-themed gift items, all in pleasing neutrals and subtle designs. If you need help with a big project, the stylish Folia team can be hired for plant-inspired interior design consulting. 380 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena
As we all learned from Susan Orlean, orchid obsessives are a breed of their own. At Orchid Fever, you’ll find rows and rows of the stunning blooms, including some rare and special varieties, and the specialized supplies to care for them. They also stock an array of other colorful and unusual tropical flowers and plants. 10242 Culver Blvd., Culver City
Indoor and outdoor plants are on offer at PLANTA, as is some serious plant knowledge. The duo who own the place, Dan and José, have been in the garden biz for a decade. When they came across this shuttered mid-century nursery, they knew it was time to open a shop of their own. They curate a revolving assortment of plants and are happy to offer guidance and tips. 6011 York Blvd., Highland Park
With locations in San Pedro and Long Beach, Peacock & Co. keeps the South Bay outfitted with modern plants and curated homewares. Everything you need for an instantly Instagram-worthy home is here (and the Long Beach location shares space with chic fashion boutique Anneise, so you can leave looking as cute as your place). 440 E. 1st St., Long Beach; 613 S. Mesa St., San Pedro
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