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A thriving ficus lyrata — or Fiddle Leaf Fig — is ideal for anchoring a contemporary space. Its oversized leaves and lush colour hold their own next to sculptural furniture and a soft interior palette.

Rest sofa, $6,375, glass water bulb (in turquoise pot), $200, marble candle holder (on sideboard), $87 at Mjölk ( Mint green planter, $119, pillows, $36.95 to $49.95 at CB2 ( Oak table, $410, Fairbanks sideboard, $7,695 at Klaus ( Vintage bar cart, $595 at Decorum ( Kelly Wearstler rug, $19,699, cast-brass watering can, $2,665, gold vessel (on sideboard), $460, marble vessel (on books), $1,680 at Avenue Road ( Scott clay planter (on oak table), $11 at Evergreen Garden Market ( Concrete Table #2, price on request through Flag Halyard chair, $11,550, Leaf lamp, $523 at Torp ( Pineapple planter (on sideboard), $60 at Easy Tiger Goods (www.easytigergoods. com). Art provided by Art Interiors ( Plant credits: Assortment of cacti and succulents (on sideboard and oak table), Ficus Lyrata Standard (in mint green planter), Pencil Cactus (in concrete table) at Plant World (


Terracotta is experiencing a renaissance thanks to pots in faceted forms and unique glazes. Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll and Toronto retailer Mjölk have partnered to create a set of designs that allow cacti to drain properly and soil to be watered from the bottom.

Planters and cacti (clockwise from far right): large New Mexico cactus planter, $175, herb pot, $185, small New Mexico cactus planter, $150 at Mjölk ( Espresso cup, stylist’s own. Scott clay plant dish, $22 at Crown Flora ( Geometric planter, $30 at Easy Tiger Goods ( Scott clay planter, $24 at Crown Flora. Beech chair (in background), $440 at Klaus ( Basket, $125 at Pimlico ( Cord chair, $1,095 at Avenue Road ( Concrete Table, $1,199, planter (bottom left), $44.95, dishes, $8.95 to $13.95, linen napkins, $7.95, flatware set, $26.95, glassware, $1.95 to $6.95 at CB2 ( Plant credits: Ruby Red Grapefruit Citrus Tree (in planter on floor), assortment of cacti (on table) at Plant World (


Building a wall of tropicals, air plants and cacti highlights the shapes of more peculiar species. Use a mix of stands, pots and hanging vessels to vary heights and create a unique composition.

Tom Dixon Fan Chair, $3,485, copper vessel, $1,020 for a set of three at Klaus ( Retro wire plant stands, price on request at Amsterdam Modern ( Scott clay planter, $14 at Evergreen Garden Market ( Blue vase, $27.95, black paper basket, $29.95, fishbowl vase (in plant hanger), $19.95 at CB2 ( Metallic blue vessel, $460 at Avenue Road ( Plant hanger, $85 at Easy Tiger Goods ( Plant credits: Assorted air plants (in hanger and blue vase), Setcreasea purpurea (in clay planter), Del Mar Aechmea Bromeliad (in metallic vessel), Pink Star Bromeliad (in copper vessel) at Plant World ( Cactus, $375 at Dynasty (


Terrariums have come a long way since those school science projects. Today’s versions hold a full-sized garden’s worth of species in sculptural glass vessels requiring minimal maintenance.

Bubble terrarium, $125, large terrarium, $185 at Crown Flora ( Black table, $360, oak table, $410 at Klaus ( Art provided by Art Interiors (

Styling by Alanna Davey.

This story originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Globe Style Advisor. To download the magazine’s free iPad app, visit