The interiors of Chef Yuko Watanabe‘s Los Angeles restaurants are known for their plant-forward decor. Here’s how to get (and maintain) the look.

Yuko Kitchen Interior
Thomas J. Story

Los Angeles restaurateur Yuko Watanabe has an incredibly green thumb—her restaurants, Yuko Kitchen: Miracle Mile and Yuko Kitchen: DTLA are filled to the brim with plants. When you walk into the foliage-covered spaces, you wouldn’t believe you’re in a restaurant but in a spectacular indoor garden or greenhouse. So what’s her secret to her green thumb? Watanabe’s philosophy of how to keep plants alive is decidedly less is more. “A nursery guy told me nobody wants to be in the water all day long, so you should let plants search for water in the soil,” she says. “I just know that, and that they are living things and they need water, sun, and sometimes food.”

If you’re looking to upgrade your space with some green friends, check out these plants below that are thriving at Yuko Kitchen: DTLA. They’re definitely not your usual snake plant or fiddle leaf fig tree varieties, so these options will make your space really unique.

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