star flower cactus

Whitney Curtis

Greenhouse Inspiration

Sometimes a garden just hits you. Sometimes you walk into a garden so fabulous, your jaw hangs open for a period of minutes while you take in its glory. This feeling first happened to me at Ryan Gainey’s Atlanta home walking around his cottage garden and it happened to me again over the weekend at the greenhouse on the Anne Springs Close Greenway property just outside of Charlotte, NC.

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Every corner of the greenhouse was as full as it could be with greenery, pots and plants. A lime tree, variegated bougainvillea, orchids, hibiscus, the list goes on. And the size of the fiddle leaf fig tree just blows your mind, doesn’t it?

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The greenhouse of my dreams has shelves just like this – the perfect size for terra cotta pots en masse. I couldn’t get enough.

greenhouse inspiration

greenhouse inspiration

greenhouse inspiration

greenhouse inspiration

I spotted this Starfish Flower Cactus (Stapelia grandiflora ) from all the way across the room. I have never seen anything like the star-shaped flower that blooms at the tips of these branches. It’s quite a sight, especially with at least a half a dozen blooms right behind the first large flower.

greenhouse inspiration

greenhouse inspiration

Orchids galore… Here are a few tips on growing your own.

greenhouse inspiration

greenhouse inspiration

And a little treat tucked far in the back near the wall, a baby pineapple sprouting up!

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All photos by Whitney of The Curtis Casa