My healthy: Summer Rayne Oakes

Homemade herbal tea

“I grow lemon verbena and mint teas, and am experimenting with native ginger. I’ve never had coffee. If I’m tired, I allow myself to nap instead of going for caffeine. Sleep is so important to me.”


Moving meditation

“Sunday is my moving meditation day. I take care of my plants every day but Sunday is the day I fully reserve for them, spending anywhere between one hour to eight watering or repotting them. It makes me feel balanced.”

Terracotta pots

“Because they’re permeable, you can put them in a water reservoir so water gets pulled up through the roots of the plants.”



“Vertical planters are great for small spaces. I have DIY vertical planters in my home, but I also love WallyGro. They’re super simple and have a built-in irrigation system.”



“HydroSpikes are terracotta spikes with a tube attached for pulling water from large mason jars and vases that I put below my planters. I use them to keep my plants watered when I travel.” 


Oakes's plant picks:

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  • Easiest-to-grow indoor plant: ZZ plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia)

    “The ZZ plant grows outdoors in extreme environments, so when it’s indoors, it tolerates a range of light and watering conditions which is unusual.”


  • Best indoor plant when you have low light: Chinese evergreen (aglaonema)

    “The Chinese evergreen typically grows in the understory [a deep layer of vegetation] of the forest, so they’re great if your space is short on light.”


  • Best hanging plant: silver pothos (scindapsus pictus)

    “In the wild, the silver pothos scrambles up and fixes itself to trees. Indoors, it makes a great hanging plant with very little leaf loss.”


  • Best plant for the bedroom: snake plant (sansevieria)

    “Some people believe that you shouldn’t have plants in the bedroom because they’ll take away your oxygen at night. But, as long as your plants are healthy, the net flow of oxygen is ridiculously more than carbon dioxide. Most succulents like the snake plant (sansevieria) fix carbon differently than some other plants and produce more oxygen at night than during the day.”