Did you know that there’s a revolution going in the gardening world right now? And it’s all about houseplants! The Instagram and social media generation have discovered the joy and beauty of growing indoor plants, and uploaded 1.1million images of them to date!
Of course, keen gardeners and plants-people already knew that houseplants were cool, so it’s not like we needed this seal of approval. But, hey, it’s good to have it! It’s all particularly poignant for me, as I grew up so ashamed of my gardening hobby. The fact that the ‘cool kids’ now love plants as much as me is something my brain can’t quite compute!
Houseplants can help to freshen the air, make you feel happy and jazz up interior decor! There’s a plant for every room too- from the kitchen worktop to lounge bookshelf! But, how to choose the plant and make sure you give it the right conditions….?
Well, I’d like to join you on a virtual tour of your home, as I recommend the best plants for each room and living space. Soon, you’ll be filling every room with a touch of green!
One of my favourites is the Yucca, with it’s fanciful, architectural shape! It also looks great against heritage-coloured walls, such as grey, navy or deep greens. The Yucca enjoys such a position of filtered light, and can put up with less light too, in case you don’t have a glass front door. Lasts for years and years and years too!
We usually put the most effort into how our lounge looks, after all you spend the most of your time there! Make sure your interior design planning include some plants, especially for those air purifying qualities. Recent studies have also shown that plants can reduce our exposure to electromagnetic frequency (EMF), generated by the myriad of modern devices.
I would suggest embracing the range of foliage plants, especially Calathea, for your lounge area. They are long-lasting, colourful and EASY to grow. They tend to need a little less water too. Place them just away from the window (we call this indirect light). Calathea can sometimes close the leaves when they need water, but at least you’ll know what they need!
The dining room:
Your dining room is often a spot for celebration, so we need a showpiece plant for this space! Spending time with our friends and family is good for the soul, and so are the plants! A table centrepiece can be a great conversation starter too, and we all love to talk about plants, so it’s a no brainer!
The Azalea is such a delicate plant, it looks as if it’d be tricky to grow, but it really isn’t! An Azalea will be happy whether your dining room is well-lit or a bit darker, and will bloom intermittently through the year! For best results, plants enjoy acid conditions. They’ll already be potted into acidic (ericaceous) soil, but make them even happier by watering with lime-free water, such as rain water!
The kitchen worktop:
The kitchen can be a high traffic area, so you’ll need some easy to care for plants. Kitchens usually have a good view of the garden too, so are south-facing and often bask in hot sun. Most plants could quickly wither in this position.
I would suggest a cactus or succulent. These clever plants store water for later use, so can cope without watering for many, many weeks. Aloe vera is a great choice, and it can also thrive in hot sun! The kitchen windowsill is a handy place to grow an Aloe vera too; the sap from the succulent leaves can be used to heal and soothe burns and cuts.
The bathroom is usually pretty wet, so you’ll need to choose plants that will thrive in that environment, and it won’t be cactus! Bathrooms can be warm from time to time too, so you’ll need something that can cope with those tropical moments. And, there’s usually less light, due to frosted windows.
How about a Bromeliad? They’re tough and forgiving, with fibrous leaves that’ll take a knock or two, and the bonus of technicolored blooms is simply fabulous! The blooms last for months on end, and you’ll soon see side plants growing, as the display multiplies.
The one place you’re guaranteed to relax, we do hope! Thanks to some recent research by NASA, it has been confirmed that plants can remove toxins from the air in smaller rooms and enclosed spaces. All in all, a better night’s sleep for you!
Choose a pretty miniature Rose, which won’t only look good and clean the air, but it’ll add a bit of romance too! Easy to care for, and cute as a button on a bedside table! After flowering, you can plant it into your garden or a patio pot too!
Why not check out my YouTube video for even more houseplant tips and ideas?
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