New Italian Village plant boutique Stump promises to keep your home full of good energy year-round.

There's no such thing as a black thumb.

That's the mantra of Emily Brown, who opened plant boutique Stump in Italian Village with her boyfriend, Brian Kellett, last month. The hardest part of caring for plants, she says, is finding one that suits your lifestyle. "We're all about education," says Brown, an industrial design student at Columbus College of Art & Design. She and Kellett-the photography and art teacher at Columbus Academy-use their "plant bar" to help customers quickly find the perfect succulent, fern or sansevieriato bring some green into the home. An easy-to-read matrix painted on the wall tells you what to choose based on how much light you have and how much water you want to give. "Pretty much everything here will survive all winter," Brown says of the plants, many of which are sourced from Groovy Plants Ranch in Cardington.

Once you've picked your plant, it's time for the pot-and there are three tiers of options. Terra cotta pots are the least expensive, though they're still perfectly chic. Tier two-modern clay pots by Burley Clay in Roseville, Ohio-are more unique. The current artist in residence (Brown and Kellett will host several artists throughout the year) creates the tier-three pots: one-of-a-kind vases that range in size depending on the customer's request. "We don't do plastic pots," Brown says.

Want to get to know the team? Stop by weekly Succulent Saturday events. stumpplants.com

Stump's roots

Brown's desire to open a plant shop grew out of an assignment at CCAD. "I was working on a project for AmericanHort; they wanted to figure out the future of the horticulture industry," she says. After visiting 50 plant shops across the nation, her team determined customers-especially younger ones-don't consider themselves gardeners, even if they grow plants. "And if you don't consider yourself a gardener, why would you go to a garden center?" she asks.

See the light

Have north or east light? Choose a fern or another plant that needs indirect sunlight. South or west light? Opt for a succulent or a plant that needs up to eight hours of direct sunlight. If your home doesn't offer much natural light, a snake plant (sansevieria) will thrive.