Succulents the right start in present shopping

Fox planter.
Fox planter.

BUYING a gift for someone – particularly a man – can be daunting.

Enter an on-trend, easy-to-care-for succulent in an adorably quirky planter.

Sophy Foreman sells aloe, haworthia and sansevieria in decorative pots at Succulents of Swanbourne online store, as well as cafes: Daisies in Cottesloe and Pixel Coffee at Claremont Quarter.

“No matter how you decorate your home a plant will always look good, and make your house feel cosier and more welcoming,” she said.

“Plus research shows they’re also good for your health; they filter the air, provide stress relief, and boost mood, productivity and even memory retention in offices and learning spaces.

“Unlike flowers, plants last longer too so a gift can be enjoyed for years.”

Tinker planters.

Foreman was the sports dietician for the Fremantle Dockers for seven years and the Western Force for 11, before hanging up her guernsey and heading into the garden.

She had always held a passion for plants and when she and her husband finished building their home in Swanbourne, they landscaped the garden themselves: the dream was to be as sustainable as possible and teach their children the origin of food.

“So we got to work planting fruit trees and veggie beds,” Foreman said.

“We put in rainwater tanks to collect our own water, compost bins, worm farms and chickens to recycle our household waste.

“There was a small section of the garden I allocated to succulents. I had been propagating them as a hobby for years and as many people know, it’s very addictive.

“Succulents of Swanbourne grew from this little garden.”

Lady planters.

She started making succulent bowls as gifts for friends and family who encouraged her to launch a Facebook and Instagram page.

“To my delight it took off and has been the perfect little business to run alongside my family,” Foreman said.

“It’s a juggle but I’m so passionate about what I do and happiest when my hands are in soil.”

Since starting the business she has worked with pubs, restaurants, cafes, and even a drive-thru as well as schools to bring greenery into learning spaces.

Customers can choose from traditional pots and planters as well as popular quirky varieties.

“Our animals and faces look great in children’s bedrooms or as a desk piece in the office,” Foreman added.

“With Father’s Day approaching, I have an alternative option to socks and jocks; our Hairy Jack planters are a great little fun and quirky desk piece for dad.

Hairy Jack planter.

“Not only will they remind him of you, but they might increase his productivity, keep him healthy, less stressed and create a fun talking piece in the office.”

Order direct through succulentsofswanbourne.com: buy just the planter and have it sent to your door or enjoy the pick n mix option with an added plant.

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