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Where to buy hanging planters in Singapore

Through the use of hanging planters, we can make good use of vertical space while adding visual depth and character to our homes. Whether you are going for a modern, sleek look or something more natural or minimalist, there are several options when it comes to buying hanging planters in Singapore.

Hanging pots come in various types of materials: Metal, plastic, rattan, coir, macrame, and others, each with its own aesthetic quality to enhance the way your space looks and feels. Combine form and function and up the style factor with these lovely pieces.

Natural

Going for a natural look and wish to add texture to your space? Rattan, water hyacinth baskets, macrame and coir do just that and can soften the appearance of your interiors.

The Hoop Planter by Atelier Ong Shunmugam is made of rattan, and is a beautiful statement piece. Buy online or visit the store at 43 Jalan Merah Saga, 01-76. Available for $179.

Knoette stocks a range of macrame plant hangers in varying styles, all handmade locally by Joette Loh. Prices start from $26.

Tumbleweed retails water hyacinth baskets in two shapes, Hanging Bowl and Hanging Cone. Get yours for $45 each online or in store at 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-02.

Daiso‘s hanging baskets and coir inserts are charming and the most economical hanging planter on this list. Purchase the hanging basket and coir insert separately at a combined cost of $4.

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Hoop Planter (Photo source: Atelier Ong Shunmugam)
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Knoette macrame plant hangers. From left: ‘Crown’ Tray Hanger, ‘Full of Frills’ Plant Hanger, Airpod Planter (photo source: Knoette)
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Hanging baskets. From left: Hanging Bowl, Hanging Cone, and Hanging Basket with coir liner. (Photo source: Tumbleweed Singapore)

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Journey Through Paradise: Russel’s amazing backyard

Russel is a plant collector that I got to know through Instagram. His user name is @journeythroughparadise and it’s easy to see why this description is apt. His account showcases his exceptionally wide range of plants. From bromeliads to cycads to palms, gingers, and aroids, this is one of the most amazing private gardens in Singapore that I have viewed.

In this garden plant tour and interview, he shares how he designed and built his garden from scratch. Also, meet his four friendly dogs, who get along well with his plants.

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Bromeliad garden Singapore

For the full garden tour and interview, please watch the videos below.

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Leaf artistry: Davy Young

I learnt of Singaporean ceramic leaf artist, Davy Young, through my father, who was once classmates with him. My dad shared about him with me, and I was enamoured by his nature-inspired ceramic artwork but also the story behind him starting Leaves with Memories.

In his 50s, Davy discovered his passion for making ceramic leaves after seeing it in a magazine. He got in touch with the artist, Judy Brown, and through her guidance, he learned how to make it himself. After taking classes at a community centre, he eventually invested in his own tools and an electric kiln. He makes his artworks at home, mostly pendants, chopstick rests, and plates. These works are functional as well as ornamental.

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Different Frangipani leaf shapes
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A variety of leaf shapes

He creates these ceramic pieces using real leaves taken from his or his friends’ gardens, or they are wild foraged. He does not use leaves that have fallen on the ground because it is likely to have started to dry up and turn brittle. Some leaves he has used include frangipani, fig, bodhi, bauhinia, water lily and wood nettle, with grape leaves being his favourite. He has also used leaves of reeds to make pendants.

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Garden Stories: Fizzicle’s Melissa Mak

Melissa Mak has the magic touch when it comes to ferments. For a few years now, I have been drinking her kombucha at her home, affectionately known as Simei Sanctuary, and at cafes. It never fails to settle my stomach on days when it’s feeling dodgy. This happens frequently, which is why fermented products appeal to me. Melissa runs Fizzicle, which specialises in kombucha in Singapore.

In her HDB corridor garden, Melissa grows a variety of edible and non-edible plants for fermentation purposes or to suit her curiosities. These include Ylang ylang, Eau de Cologne mint, Moroccan mint, chin chow, Brazilian spinach, sand ginger, mani cai, sweet potato, butterfly pea, pumpkin, among others. One of her current experiments is making perfume using Eau de Cologne mint.

She gives us a peek into what a fermenter’s garden looks like.

What got you into fermentation, and what made you start Fizzicle?

Bad health. I got into fermentation when I had really bad IBS. Travelling and street food did not do very much for my stomach so I had very bad IBS for a very prolonged period. I discovered that fermentation would help me out and it did, it lifted me out of the doldrums.

My family surname is “Mak”, it is a young surname, you will not see a lot of us out there, our Chinese surname is 麦 (mai). Before it was called “mai” it was “qu”, for fermentation starter. So fermenting is like respecting my family heritage We thought we were farmers in the past, but it turns out that we were fermenters in the past. So I am doing my family job, so to speak.

Other than kombucha, what else do you ferment?

I’ve made koji, so I have made my own miso at home, and sugar ferments. I take inspiration from the garden, there was one time when I had too much kale, I made kimchi kale. So whatever inspires me, whatever’s in season or in the garden, I just go ahead and do it.

There was a salted egg episode which hasn’t been repeated yet, it is very hard to get fresh eggs here. That was pretty good though, and it was a fun experiment.

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Salted egg experiment

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