There is a great plant store along I-10 in Houston (exit Blalock from either direction) that I have been going to for years for topiaries and fiddle leaf fig trees. It is called TALL PLANTS! The owner is Houstonian Dennis Carola and he and his family have been running this great business for 38 years! Today his nephew Chris Culp helps him manage the shop and they are always so helpful and friendly! You have probably noticed this place as you travel between the Calico Corners and Memorial Antiques and Interiors! Like I said it is near Blalock and I-10.
Just look at the beauty!
Recently I was in there and chatted with Dennis and then a few days later his daughter Erin Hardy emailed me and said she is a longtime blog reader and she realized in talking with her dad that I was in the shop recently…it was fun to make the connection. I had been wanting to blog about the store every time I go but knew after chatting with Erin I had to do a post!
Dennis knows so much about plants…he warned me how finicky the Fiddle Leaf Fig is and I know he is right…he is so good about telling you what to do with his plants. They are patient as you debate sizes and choose the prettiest plant and always wrap it nicely and load! He says the fiddle leaf needs sun and humidity and does great on screened porches in our climate..best outside. They love light and about 2 quarts of water once a week. Mine is in the corner of our living room and I am afraid it may not be getting enough sun so I am talking sweetly to it as well..we will see if that works;
It is large as you can see; So far its looking healthy I usually raise blinds all the way for most of day in this corner..not sure what will happen once drapes are up!
He has so many good fiddle leaf plants and trees..some are small and so affordable some are huge with twisted trunks…its a site to just go see them. We talked about how decorators and magazines have made them so popular!
I love these zinc looking containers and the square shape.
They also have great topiaries, palms, orchids, great planters and more.
For 38 years TALL PLANTS has been serving Houston..that is cool! Buy local if you can and enjoy chatting with Dennis and Chris, it is great that in a big city you can still find great locals that are friendly and know their stuff!