Nature’s Calling: Our 50 Favorite Hort-Inspired Phone Cases

What do you get the garden lover who has everything?

Trick question. Plant fans — so curious by nature — will never stop looking for the next exciting bud, blossom or frond. And while gardening hats are great, we’ve been thinking of ways to help hort people wear their allegiances on their sleeves. (Whether or not they have a garden of their own.) How do you show off your dahlia habit in the depths of December? Or rep the cacti growing in your neighborhood?

A mobile phone case — of all things! — is one way to carry around your favorite plant. After we experimented with putting our logo on an iPhone case, we discovered a whole treasure trove of botanical designs on Society6, a shop where artists from around the world can put their designs on tech cases, prints and apparel.

Lackluster store cellphone cases

We found the options at office supply stores lackluster. There had to be a better option…

Ryan tries out our custom-designed, aeonium-filled phone case.

On Society6, we found affordable designs that we knew friends, family, coworkers will LOVE for the holidays and beyond. Opuntia against bright walls. Intense pollinator macros. Romantic vines. Yes, even peony stuff. Even (especially) when there’s ice in the air, it’s nice to hand out reminders that spring is just around the corner.

Here’s a roundup of our favorites. On each product page you’ll find cases ($35 for slim and $38 for tough) that fit a wide range of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models. Tablet and iPod Touch cases are also for sale. Not in the market for a tech case? Many of the botanical designs are also available as mugs ($15), totes ($22), rugs ($25 and up), throw pillows ($20), art prints (about $15 and up), even duvet covers ($99). Plus, this Cyber Monday, you can get an extra 20 percent off, plus free shipping.

And…guess what. The Horticult has even designed some cases of our own! You might remember some of the photos from stories we’ve done.

Nature’s calling—and it’s for you. Below, find 25 garden-inspired cases we designed and 25 that we curated. Click the photos to learn more…

—TH

The Horticult Collection:

A sultry macro of a night-scented lily (Alocasia Odora) that Ryan snapped at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The texture of the raindrops against the wet leaf veins give the case an almost 3-D look. We call this one ‘Giant Upright Elephant Ear.’

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Flash your tropical credentials wherever you go! We photographed the psychedelic foliage of ‘Begonia exotica’ during a memorable visit to the US Botanic Garden in DC.

Fans of dark-as-the-night horticulture will swoon for ‘Fields of Black Aeonium “Zwartkop.”‘ They’re the succulent answer to the coveted black rose. (As seen modeled by Ryan above.)

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Pollinator passions are running high these days. This case, ‘Calla Lily With Bees,’ pays tribute to our favorite buzzy-bodies.

Want to return to your Hawaiian vacation? ‘Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden’ features gargantuan pothos vines we saw near Hilo on the Big Island. Plus a few ferns here and there. (But here’s the whole story.)

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Joshua Tree.’ The national park of the same name is a haven for this beloved, soulful, striving yucca. (Explore the surreal photos from our Joshua Tree visit here.)

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Carry a little bouquet wherever you go. ‘Golden Girls Floral Headvase’ is bursting with hydrangea, freesia and safflower. (You can check out our headvase DIY here!)

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Orchid or scream emoji? We spotted this hair-raising ‘Phragmidedium Orchid’ at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Robert Irwin Primal Palm Garden’ features LA’s iconic tree seen at LACMA.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Sometimes a cell phone case is the best icebreaker. The ‘Passiflora Edulis (Passion flower)’ is famed for the flower’s wild sizzle of coronal filaments and its sci-fi structure.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Got a sea of succulents you want to share with the world? The juicy colors of ‘Wall of Succulents’ are brought to you by plump, sassy plants like echeveria, sedum and crassula.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

A vine’s on the line. This ‘Scindapsus pictus’ (or satin pothos / silver vine) looks like it’s taking over your phone.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Flora meets fauna in the sculptural, larger-than-life fronds of this ‘Staghorn Fern (Platycerium)’.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Hiker hearts will swell at the sight of ‘Zion National Park Wildflowers.’

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Wildflowers are a state of mind, and a way of life. ‘Wildflowering LA’ was photographed during a citywide art installation by the same name, created by Fritz Haeg. (Here’s the story we did on it.) Make a bold statement with this field of California poppies, clarkia, bird’s eye gilia and tidy tips.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Wallpaper gets a new spin with this ‘Vintage Botanical Protea Pattern.’ (Psst, remember our temporary decal DIY?)

Rosa rugosa (beach rose) in Maine

Late spring/early summer in New England is a magical time. ‘Rosa rugosa (Beach Rose)’ was snapped in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

City, meet cactus. Cactus, meet city. ‘Runyon Canyon Opuntia’ overlooks the skyscrapers of LA.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Leucadendron Jester,’ a ruby-colored shrub photographed at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, CA.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

The golden flowerbuds and in-your-face paddles of ‘Opuntia’ call out to cactus lovers.

Plant-inspired phone cases

Here’s a second dose of springtime fireworks for you — ‘Wildflowering LA II.’

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Some of the largest flowers on Earth can be found growing on an ‘Aristolochia grandiflora (Pelican Flower)’ vine, also known as Dutchman’s pipe.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Phones keep getting slimmer and slimmer, but this ‘Agave americana “Variegata”‘ is large and in charge. (Photographed at Natalie Bessell’s garden art studio.)

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Equal parts sultry and sinister, this ‘Sarracenia (American Pitcher Plant)’ is a hungry beauty.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Float this ‘Water Lily Vintage Botanical Print’ case to anyone who loves a painterly aquatic bloom.

Plant-inspired phone cases

And, ahem, our logo. ‘The Horticult’ avatar was formed using clippings from our very own rosemary hedge!

…you can also check out The Horticult’s collection of cases right here.

Our Curated Favorites:

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Lily pads like you’ve never seen ’em: ‘Pac Men’ by Lyle Hatch.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Flamingo’ by Fifikoussout.

Plant-inspired phone cases

‘Tis the season for Star Wars-infused everything—including florals. ‘Botanic Wars’ by Josh Ln is ingenious.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Moody cactus blooms converge in ‘Botanical’ by Sametsevincer.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Beautiful Predator’ by Irina Chuckowree.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Cactus Spikes’ by Cristina Osta. (We also recommend you throw in the throw pillow too, which is a riot.)

Plant-inspired phone cases.

The title of this case is all wrong, but this tillandsia air plant is still divine against a pale background.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

In a world mobbed with trendy succulent imagery, this understated ‘Echeveria’ by Cassia Beck is a breath of fresh air.

Plant-inspired phone cases

Spring’s most Instagrammed flower gets surreal in ‘A Splash of Peony, A Dash of Color’ by Kristy Patterson Design.

Plant-inspired phone cases

‘Figs White’ by Fifikoussout.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Floral Chevron’ by Hipster Style.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Fuchsia Drops’ by Aubergine & Purple celebrates our favorite party-dress-shaped, shade-loving flower.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Nepenthes Pitcher Plant Vintage Illustration’ by (our blogger friend!) The Carnivore Girl.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Nostalgic meets city-modern in ‘Palm Trees’ by Laura Ruth.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

The many flawless petals of ‘Pink Dahlia‘ by Deborah Janke are unmistakeable.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Rothschild Bamboo Forest’ by ExperienceTheFrenchRiviera.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Succulents’ by Tiffany Tremaine.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Sunny’ by Bianca Wagner.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

The slippery edge of a nepenthes pitcher is an exciting abstract in ‘The Lip’ by FotoGN.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

We dig the hyper-realism of this fan palm in ‘Tropical Dream #Society6’ by 83oranges.com.

Plant-inspired phone cases

Monstera leaves will never leave you, thanks to ‘Tropical Plants’ by Cody Rayn.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘Violas’ by Laura Ruth are a charmingly realistic take on a sweet beauty.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

Seems like we have a thing for backlit tropical leaves. Here’s ‘Where’s the Banana?’ by Kelsey Hunt.

Plant-inspired phone cases.

‘The Lone Cactus’ by Caitlin C. Rodgers.

…plus, find 75 more of our curated favorites right here.