In the wild world of social media, anyone can be a celebrity. Even gardeners. This weekend, the LA Times profiled five "Instagram gardening stars." Christine Kelso, Jennifer Tao, Brandon Jeon, Darlene Zavala and Danae Horst have a combined Instagram following of more than 300,000. And while that's no Kardashian level of stardom, it's impressive, especially given that most of them are not full-time gardeners, but—like most of us—count it as a relaxing hobby (only theirs happened to go viral). The gardeners d a slew of interesting info with the LA Times (read the whole story here), but as spring begins to bloom in the northeast and our attention turns to our gardens (no matter the size!), we're curious what plants these superstars love. Here, the favorites, as revealed in the article.
Gardener Christine Kelso (handle @workhardplanthard) has a soft spot for the Monstera adansonii. More commonly known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, for the holes in its leaves, this plant comes in both traditional potted and hanging versions (shown).
No, it's not a type of pizza: the Peperomia is a small tropical plant native to Central America and known for growing on rotten wood. The green version, here, requires medium light and can grow fairly tall. It's one of several favorites of Instagrammer Jennifer Tao (@jenssuccs), who calls herself an "anti-influencer," since her 114,000-follower account grew totally naturally—much like her plant babies (sorry, had to).
But, Tao is also like the rest of us, in that she can't resist a good succulent (after all, they are her Instagram namesake). These three, six, or nine piece sets from Williams Sonoma are an easy way to start your plant collection.
Darlene Zavala has a special place in her heart for the heart-shaped Anthurium clarinervium, native to Mexico. The owner of account @darlinggreenthings calls her grandmother's 40-year-old Anthurium clarinervium "quite a sight." Keeping a plant alive for 40 years? Color us impressed.
Brandon Jeon (aka @mrplantdad) is seeing red: his current favorite plant is the crimson-hued Burning Bush. The hearty plant blooms in the fall, adding an especially fiery look to your foliage.
Instagrammer Danae Horst is owner of the Los Angeles store Folia Collective (handle: @foliacollective), where she sells stylish plant accessories and teaches workshops. Though she cites the waxy-leaved Hoya obovata as her favorite, Horst admits she has trouble picking just one. We can relate.