I hope by the time you’re reading this, there will be a warm and Spring like feel to the air – as I write, it’s snowing outside in what feels like the longest winter in history!
One way to freshen up your home in time for Spring is to add indoor greenery and what with the trend for all things botanical, I thought it the perfect time to give you some tips on the best plants to choose, as well as different ways to display and care for your new green babies once they’ve settled into their new home.
Aside from their visual impact, the health benefits of indoor plants has been well documented, making them a sound investment – hurrah! Plants are known to increase productivity levels in the workplace, so they’re the perfect addition to a home office; they also help clear the air of harmful pollutants and it’s suggested their soothing presence can even improve our psychological well being. What’s more, they are super affordable – visit your local garden centre, supermarket or florist to see what’s on offer.
So, what are the best plants for your home and how to display them? Let’s start with the tall and leafy floor plants, such as palms, fiddle leaf fig trees and large leafed Monstera (Swiss cheese plants), which are ideal for filling up an empty corner in a living room or hallway. Display them in a woven belly basket or hessian bag for a relaxed, boho look or in a big ceramic pot embellished with a striking geometric pattern.
The bathroom is a classic spot for a smaller houseplant, with many thriving well in the often warm and humid conditions. You can suspend rope planters from the ceiling or window frame if space is tight; trailing ivy or Strings of Pearls (pictured) work well, as do leafy Boston ferns, the latter preferring a darker corner.
Don’t forget the kitchen, where a group of mini succulents or cacti can be popped up onto a shelf – use vintage tins, teacups or printed bowls to display them in.
Most plants are very easy to look after, only requiring watering when the soil is dry, however a feed once a week in warmer weather is recommended. Cacti and succulents are the exception to this rule, requiring very little watering throughout the year to thrive. At the opposite end of the scale are ferns, which love warm, damp conditions, so keep their soil moist and spray their leaves once a week with fresh rain water to keep them looking luscious. Top tip? Place all your plants in the bath and shower them lightly, allowing the water to drain off before popping them back into their holders.