Current obsession, succulents. They're the ideal houseplant for someone who can rarely be bothered with the whole regular watering cycle that goes along with the ownership of most houseplants. As the owner of a succulent you can also feel good that with the environment in such a precarious state you can ration water without worrying that you are neglecting the care of your plant. Succulents are capable of surviving erratic watering patterns. They can be found thriving in the barren ground between sidewalk and foundation or on lofty rooftop patios miles away from a convenient water source. Succulents come in diverse forms, dramatic colors, and with desirable characteristics.
There are two succulent websites on my radar from which you can purchase a plant of your own. The first, Greenware Design, is located right here in Savannah. "Greenware Design is a two woman team that combines the talents of two longtime friends, Irene McCollam and Leslie Geer. Irene, the potter, creates original ceramics on her pottery wheel. Leslie, the planter, fills them up with unique succulent plantings. Together they design each planter with loving care—getting their hands dirty so you won't have to." To purchase succulents from Greenware Design you can go to their Etsy shop. If you don't see something you like they will do custom orders. The other website is in Los Angeles and was started by Samantha Mathis and a pal. Yes, she of Pump Up the Volume (adore) fame. She has been in more notable movies but that one is the most relevant to me. Samantha's store is called Succulent, a floral design firm she started with interior designer Ryann Davis. "Our vision at Succulent is to offer a green alternative to traditional cut-floral design, by using locally grown, pesticide-free succulents, planted in soil, to provide a renewable source of the natural beauty of flora, without harmful processes." They recently started to deliver beyond Los Angeles. For $50 you can select one of four choices of succulents and they will be delivered within 2-3 days. Samantha actually came into the store I work at about a year and was perfectly lovely. I tried not to gush.