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You'll want to make this horticultural 'pouf' your next centrepiece Add to ...

You’ve planned a brilliant menu, over-researched the wines, ironed the tablecloth and resourcefully stuffed all evidence of your humanity into the hallway closet. Surely you can’t be expected to garden up a fussy centrepiece, too.

Far easier: a simply propped air plant, the latest word in ultramodern, maintenance-free greenery. Also known as Tillandsia, these dazzling horticultural poufs absorb nutrients and moisture through their leaves, not their roots, so they don’t require soil – or anything more than a weekly dunk in water to thrive. If you’re entertaining outdoors, place them in glass orbs, like the one shown above, suspended from the ribs of your patio umbrella.

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Alternatively, display one (or more) on the table, tucked inside a vase or a hurricane lamp. They also make darling party favours that guests can carry home, pet-like, in a pocket or purse. Too twee? Then keep them all for yourself.

West Elm’s Shane Powers Hanging Glass Bubble, from $7 through www.westelm.com.

 

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