Rooted in Design by Tara Heibel, Tassy de Give: Sprout Home’s Creative Indoor Planting Guide

by DerdriuMarriner

Rooted in Design by Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give is Sprout Home’s creative indoor planting guide to classic gardening techniques for modern interiors.

Rooted in Design favors timeless gardening, timely gardens

Rooted in Design by Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give attracts amateur, newbie, and specialist gardeners to their Sprout Home’s creative indoor planting guide for employing classic gardening techniques to realize modern gardened interiors. The image-filled, information-rich, 2015-released publication begins with introductions to the genesis and sustainability of the design, education, and product-oriented Sprout’s Home business based by:
• Tara in 2003 in Chicago, Illinois;
• Tassy four years later in Brooklyn, New York.

It then continues with seven chapters of answers to bringing the most attractive, cooperative, and eco-friendly plants into businesses and residences for containerizing, displaying, enduring at, flourishing on, and gracing such strategic sites indoors as:
• from ceilings;
• in kitchens, terrariums;
• on floors, ledges, tables, walls.

Contact Information for Brooklyn regarding appointments, arrangements, classes, deliveries, events, products:
Email: [email protected]
Physical Address: 44 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Telephone: 718 - 388 - 4440

Contact Information for Chicago regarding appointments, arrangements, classes, deliveries, events, products:
Email: [email protected]
Physical Address: 745 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: 312 - 226 - 5950

Hours: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


hanging glass globe terrarium: among beautiful merchandise for caring for and showcasing plants offered by Sprout Home

Sprout Home, Chicago, Illinois
Sprout Home, Chicago, Illinois

Rooted in Design grows plants downward, outward, upward


Developing from ceiling-, floor-, or wall-containers describes:

  • philodendrons;
  • radiator-plants.

Extending downward or outward epitomizes:

  • aloe;
  • echeveria, English ivy;
  • houseleek;
  • jade-plant;
  • mistletoe-cactus;
  • nerve-plant;
  • pilea;
  • stonecrop, string-of-pearls;
  • wax-plant.

Flourishing gravitationally or phototropically favors flamingo-flowers. Growing phototropically or vertically graces:

  • bougainvillea;
  • king-begonia;
  • Mexican breadfruit;
  • umbrella-tree.

In contrast, hanging down from ceiling-planters helps:

  • agave;
  • ball-seaweed, begonia;
  • club-moss, creeping-fig;
  • purple-heart;
  • rock-foil;
  • staghorn-fern;
  • wax-flower, wire-vine.

Irradiating diagonally, horizontally, or vertically from wall-planters inspires:

  • airplant, antvine;
  • baby-tears, bleeding-heart;
  • clockvine, cornplant, crown-of-thorns;
  • dragontail-plant;
  • earth-star;
  • foxtail-fern;
  • grape-ivy;
  • jasmine;
  • kalanchoe;
  • lady-fern;
  • passion-flower, polka-dot-plant, purple passion-plant;
  • sawblade-plant, spider-plant;
  • wandering Jew;
  • yucca;
  • zz-plant.

Juggling vertical tendencies jumpstarts:

  • asparagus-fern;
  • Balfour aralia, bamboo-palm;
  • Chinese evergreen;
  • dragon-tree;
  • elephant’s-ear;
  • fiddleleaf-fig;
  • kangaroo-fern;
  • lady-slipper orchid;
  • maidenhair-fern;
  • peace-lily, Philippine showy-orchid;
  • rock-trumpet, rubber-plant;
  • sago-palm, spurge;
  • thatch-palm, timber-bamboo. 


Trends from Brooklyn NYC Garden Centre "Sprout Home" ~ Tassy de Give covers customer favorites, such as Planterworks Metal Containers, butterfly attracting flowers/herbs, mounted staghorn ferns, and terrariums.

Uploaded on YouTube on September 22, 2011 by spogagafa ~ URL:

Rooted in Design honors re-purposed birdhouses, glass meter-covers


Colors, placements, shapes, and textures keep to:

  • experimental and expected choices for ceiling-suspended, floor-anchored, and wall-affixed containers;
  • traditional selections for ledge-, shelf-, table-, and window-planters.

Tradition thereby keeps ledge-, shelf-, and windowsill-planters for:

  • African spear-plant, aloe, angel-wings;
  • baby-tears, bush-lily;
  • chin-cactus;
  • dragon-tree, dragontail-plant;
  • emerald ripple-plant;
  • fiddle-leaf fig, firestick-plant, foxtail-fern;
  • heart-leaf philodendron;
  • king-begonia;
  • Mexican breadfruit, mistletoe-cactus;
  • nerve-plant;
  • ox-tongue;
  • Philippine showy-orchid, prickly-pear cactus;
  • rubber-fig;
  • shotgun philodendron, spike-moss, spider-plant;
  • umbrella-tree;
  • zebra-cactus.

It therefore loads table-planters with:

  • agave;
  • big-flowered Amazon lily, bridal-veil;
  • globe-thistle;
  • heartleaf-fern;
  • leopard-plant, long-leafed slime-lily;
  • moth-orchid;
  • orpine;
  • scaly zebra-plant, spleenwort, spurge;
  • tree-houseleek.

It typically mixes for direct-lighted ledge-, shelf- and window-planters and indirect- or reflect-lighted table-planters:

  • air-plant;
  • Chinese evergreen;
  • echeveria, elephant’s-ear, English ivy;
  • paddle-plant, purple passion-plant;
  • rock-foil;
  • slipper-orchid, stonecrop;
  • zz-plant. 


Rooted in Design: Sprout Home's Guide to Creative Indoor Planting by Tara Heibel and Tassy De Give ~ Available now via Amazon

Guide to creating beautiful, long-lasting indoor landscapes by Tara Heibel and Tassy De Give, owners of successful Sprout Home garden design centers in Chicago IL and Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn NY
indoor gardening guide

Rooted in Design includes requirements for 100 plants


Kitchen-gardening needs:

  • aloe, arugula;
  • basil, bay-laurel, beans, beets;
  • caraway, carrots, chamomile, chives, cilantro;
  • feverfew;
  • garlic;
  • lavender, lemon-balm, lemon-verbena, lettuce;
  • mints;
  • nasturtium;
  • onions, oregano;
  • parsley, peppers, purple-coneflower;
  • radishes, rosemary;
  • sage, savory, spinach, strawberries, Swiss-chard;
  • tarragon, thyme, tomatoes;
  • zucchini.

Terrariums offer:

  • aquatic bean-of-India, Cape-pondweed, duckweed, frog-bit, lipspur-orchid, papyrus-sedge, water-cabbage, water-hyacinth, water-onion, wire-vine;
  • carnivorous hatpin, pitcher-plant, sundew, Venus-flytrap;
  • desert aloe, baby-toes, devil’s-tongue, echeveria, houseleek, kalanchoe, mistletoe-cactus, orpine, ox-tongue, pebble-plant, ragwort, stonecrop, zebra-cactus;
  • dried bachelor’s-button, bells-of-Ireland, billy-button, bishop’s-lace, coffee-bush, everlasting-flower, fountain-grass, globe-amaranth, hydrangea, larkspur, marsh-rosemary, milkweed, pampas-grass, pincushion-flower, pincushion-tree, river-oats, strawflower, sugar-bush, tallow-berry, thistle, yarrow;
  • enclosed/woodland baby-tears, creeping-fig, dragon-tree, dragontail-plant, nerve-plant, philodendron, polka-dot-plant, spike-moss.

Everything promotes super-savvy readership concerning:

  • aphids, fungus-gnats, mealybugs, powdery-mildew, scale, spider-mites;
  • light, moisture, nutrients, potting/repotting, pruning, soil.


Get Connected with Tara Heibel - Presented by LinkedIn

Published on YouTube on March 5, 2013 by Connect Professional Women's Network ~ URL:



My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.


Mount Your Staghorn Fern in Under 5 Minutes!

Published on YouTube on January 10, 2014 by Sprout Home ~ URL:

Sources Consulted


Heibel, Tara; and de Give, Tassy. 2015. Rooted in Design: Sprout Home’s Guide to Creative Indoor Planting. Photos by Ramsay de Give and Maria Lawson. Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.: Ten Speed Press.


Sprout Home Valentine's Day Pre-Order Video 2014

Published on YouTube on January 28, 2014 by Sprout Home ~ URL:
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

Glass Terrarium Indoor Wardian Case Planter by H Potter ~ Available now via Amazon

Glass terrarium with hinged roof ~ Entire glass top/house lifts off ~ Base is metal with dark gray powder coat finish, ball feet, and plastic liner.
tabletop terrarium

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Updated: 01/03/2022, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 10/22/2018

katiem2, Thank you for liking what Sprout Home does for commercial, industrial and residential sites, making them greener and greener one plant, and another, and yet another at a time.
A green, living roof sounds so attractive, friendly, healthy and so very Irish and Scot, like my ancestry too. Wouldn't your green, living, Irish-, Scot-style roof make a great children's book with your redheads skipping through the open-air, sunlit greenery?

katiem2 on 10/19/2018

I adore plants and planting, I have a multitude of plants both indoors and out. It just feels better to be surrounded by plants. I find it hard to imagine how so many people live without this awareness and are not enjoying the many benefits of sharing their dwellings with living and breathing plants. I have a collection of air plants as well. This article caught my eye and have been pleasantly surprised by the new and different ways I can add more. I really want a living roof, working on developing the details, living in Ohio is much like living in my homelands, Ireland and Scotland so as done there I am hoping to do here.

Mira on 08/31/2018

Hi Derdiu, thanks.

L'heure d'été sounds like a film I would enjoy :)

DerdriuMarriner on 08/30/2018

Mira, The Rooted in Design authors do a big business with commercial/industrial space converted into apartments and homes or maintained for business and industry. So they know how to coordinate weight with weight-bearing walls inside as well as outdoors, be it building exteriors or interiors or inner or outer courtyards.
The book mentions wall-held boards for affixing like about three plant-filled mason jars, planters and pots. Some of the wall planters look brick-sized; others like those boards (I'm not thinking of their name right now) that from the profile look like a v because they're like an accordion file for papers; and still others closer to a rectangular container that would fill the sill to a window with three horizontal by four vertical panes.
Sorry not to have included this in the answer below ;-[!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/30/2018

Mira, Terraria are quite popular here, for many reasons, among which they give such great views from many different angles and perspectives of what's inside them. Me too, I like glass even though I'm simultaneously wary because of the possibility of cracking and shattering.
In another direction, have you seen the film L'heure d'été? I love the scenes about the cumbersome glass vase that, up to the point of inventory, everybody disdains except Éloïse.

Mira on 08/29/2018

These terraria are quite popular now. I also like these glass bowls, but they seem a little too cumbersome. They somehow make more of a statement than the plants themselves, I think.

Does this book mention planters in a wall-like setting? I've seen this here in Bucharest, and I like the idea, but it's mostly one for the outdoors.

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