Nature has a special place in the home, inside and out.
Even if your gardening skills are cursed with a thumb more black than green, you can still pretty up your space with indoor plants.
Indoor plants are a lively addition to any blank wall in your home decorating .
Let them cascade off the edge of open shelving or bookcase or pot them in groups.
Plants also help to clean the air and, as an added benefit, can also lift your mood and promote a sense of calm.
Indoor plants create a "living" space that is soothing to be in.
They can also help with loneliness and depression because caring for a living thing promote a sense of purpose and is rewarding.
Small-space living might mean the only areas you have for growing plants is vertically on your walls.
There's no need to waste those vertical spaces - fill them up with greenery.
If you are after a draping effect, plants such as devils ivy will spill out and down over the wall.
For more information about growing indoor plants in your home, read more here.
For ideas about open shelving to position your indoor plants, go here.
Chances are you are not aware of the excessive amounts of air pollution in your very own home.
Indoor air can be twice as polluted as outside.
Read here how to fix it fast, easy and cheaply.
Indoor pot plants are the cheapest thing you can do to improve your well being.
Plants are a great way to add a focal point and breathe life into your home decorating.
Research has revealed a quick fix to help improve your home's air quality is to use pot plants.
Greenery absorbs pollutants.
Think of your indoor plants as air filtration systems.
Research by NASA has shown that many common plants likes spider plants, bamboo palms, ivy and peace lilies are very efficient at this.
Greenery can suck harmful agents, such as benzene and formaldehyde, from the air.
Plants take in toxins like VOCs and carbon monoxide, filter them and send out as oxygen.
Even a single medium size plant will improve a room's air quality by up to 25 per cent.
And while even a single indoor plant will help, the more the merrier.
Even little changes in your home will contribute to improving your indoor air quality.
This is particularly important these days, as many of us spend most of our time indoors, either at home or in the office.
Best Indoor Plants to Boost Air Quality in Your Home
You don't need a greenhouse to add a calming element to your home.
The inexpensive nature of indoor plants is a great way to add style to a space.
Classic indoor plants such as monstera and devils ivy are surprisingly easy and satisfying to not only grow indoors but also easy to propagate.
Create ambiance by using several pot plants of varying shades of green.
This evokes a feeling of all encompassing lushness.
Give your indoor plants some extra love with these gorgeous pots.
Bring the green outdoors to indoors via lush pot plants.
To create a tranquil and relaxing feel, look at species with sweeping leaves or ones that have a soft look to them.
Ficus plants are great for bedrooms, potted vines for the bathroom, and small succulents displayed on your study desk are a great way to introduce greenery into your workspace - and they're low maintenance too.
Some houseplants are notoriously finicky.
There's nothing you can do to make a fiddle leaf fig easier to care for, or to keep alocasia leaves from crisping on you.
So Instead of putting yourself through the wringer, and worrying about any black thumbs, make life easier and go with these easy to care for indoor plants.
Most of all: Don't give up, because there's a plant out there for everyone.
Easier Option: Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera adansonii)
Monstera Deliciosa's cousin, the swiss cheese vine, looks both structural and dramatic— its lacy perforated leaves make a large statement. It's just as gorgeous as an alocasia plant, but much easier to manage. Swiss cheese vines look best in a hanging basket or in a pot on a high shelf near bright, indirect light, where its trailing leaves can be shown off to advantage.
Even if you are not exactly a green-thumb as you would like to be, it is difficult not to love the stylish indoor plants that have taken over the renovation reality shows, the interior magazines or an Instagram account with a design bent.
The potted fiddle-leaf fig has been prevalent in the homes of artists, celebrities and other botanical influencers.
And the maidenhair ferns, followed quickly by cactuses and succulents have all had their stage time.
However head down to your garden center ASAP for a monstera plant - this is THE plant of the moment.
And even the most horticultural challenged among us, would recognize this plant for its sculptural-looking split leaves.
Monstera are classed by the experts as "easy-care".
A monthly does of fertilizer goes a long way to having healthy plants, as does regular misting and dusting of the leaves.
However, does make you wonder if sometimes the even easier-care plastic version might make a wiser pick !
Yep, these are artificial plants - and sometimes this works !
Just love the look of hanging plants - they bring a beautiful energy and freshness to a room.
Hanging plants are a wonderful way to bring greenery into any space, but particularly small spaces.
Check out these groovy macrame hanging planter, with striking geometric pattern. (Plant not included).
Let your green thumb go wild with some help from these gorgeous macrame hanging planters
Creating an indoor garden is a particularly good move for homes in built-up inner-city areas.
As people spend more time indoors, we need to start bringing nature inside to get the benefit.
Add a splash of color and a touch of style to any space with indoor pots.
And if you dont have the floor space to create groupings, look up!
Hanging green foliage or from mounted shelving on walls for a cascade effect is extremely stylish.
Hanging simple planters with trailing foliage creates a focal point.
For something contemporary to make a statement, look out for ready-made shelving in striking designs, like this one.
For something contempory to make a statement, look out for ready-made shelving in striking designs, like this one.
May we suggest a floor planter ?
An enduring love affair with the natural world, combining natural materials and plants
Mix natural woven baskets and plenty of indoor plants.
These two natural elements together, just ooze charm and personality.
And the best part, is they make us feel so good.
With the resurgence of all thins '70s, macrame has inevitably followed. This retro handicraft has been reinvented with modern forms, new applications and on trend colors.
What's knot to love.
Vibrant foliage will complement intricate knotted patterns.
Up the ante with a combination of plant styles and shapes.
Create an area of focus in a space with macrame plant holders.
Suspend each holder at different heights and add extra texture in the form of glazed and colored pots.
A well-placed indoor hanging plant (or three) is a joy to behold -never mind the mental and health-giving benefits of surrounding yourself with greenery.
Macrame hangers in elegant black provide the perfect complement to transparent glass bowls filled with lush leafy plants, their intriguingly exposed.
Indoor plants are so much rewarding than a mere bunch of cut flowers.
Though I would be hard pressed to argue this if the flowers are straight from your own garden !
Many people want things straight away
Gardening - even your indoor garden - requires patience - that's what gardening is all about.
Its about waiting for things to come to fruition - it is not like purchasing a chair and instant results.
Top tips for indoor plants:
Go for hearty plants such as peace lily, zanzibar gem and monstera.
Choose plants based on how much natural light is available and how much water they will need.
These plants are a great lush options for softening hard and architectural edges.
For first timers, devils ivy even lets you know when its thirsty.
If you have a really humid room like a bathroom, a maidenhair will work, or monstera, peace lily or devils ivy.
Succulents are ideal container plants, many will happily grow in the same pot for years.
And, the great thing about succulents, is they need very little watering and are pretty hardy when kept indoors.
However, interior bright light is essential for succulents to maintain a good shape.
If the position indoors does not get enough sunlight, then succulents tend to become stretched with lanky growth.
And lets not forget, as potted plants go, they're down right collectible.
Succulents can be easily propagated by taking cuttings from a mature plant to form new succulents.
Simply cuttinga piece of stem or even just take a leaf to use as the transplant. Sound a bit like Frankenstein, however this a natural way for these palnts to spread.
Many succulents you can harvest pups from the base of the plant, retaining as many roots as possible.
Plants need to be feed every six months and re-potted as they increase in size.
Also do not be too quick to throw out a plant that is not thriving.
Instead change the position and even place the indoor plant outside for a week or two.
1. To have great looking plants, you need happy plants,so consider the light levels. Most indoor plants love bright, indirect light but if you have a very dark or bright space there are plants that will thrive in these environments too.
2. There is both minimalist vibe and the over grown conservatory look. You can feature a giant Mosntera deliciosa in one corner and pile up a collection of greenery on a table in the other, overflowing with different shapes, textures and heights. There are many tones of green, working with a variety of them draws the eye in and through the indoor jungle.
3. Baskets work best for bigger plants as they are lighter and easier to move around and they look great. Line them inside with a plastic saucer to catch any water.For other pots, the basic requirements are that they should have a drainage hole and saucer.
Also think different sizes and shapes.
One awesome item to really take your indoor plant garden display to another level are plant stands.
Or look at these ideas for open shelving to display your lush indoor garden, see HERE
Subtle shades in pots and planters is great styling for homes with natural earthy planters.
Coupled with an interesting plant, ceramic planters create an intimate moment in your house.
With enough sunlight, you can also grow some edible plants on internal garden walls, such as leafy herbs.
There's no need to waste those vertical spaces, fill them up with as mush greenery as possible
Not everyone have people in their lives to ask questions about indoor plants they own or want to grow.
Budding indoor gardeners shouldn't hold back from getting green-thumb advice.
A collection of books full of glorious pictures of verdant interiors from around the world.
These books show examples of to arrange and display plants, and tips for caring for your leafy charges.
Cacti make great house mates and Happy Cactus provides all the tips, palnting and feeding advice, and keeping these prickly pets looking best.
Fifty of the most popular are profiled, with watering tips and advice on the best pots to display them in.
A quirky pocket-sized book.
Happy Cactus By John Pilbeam
Cut back on waste with this handy guide to growing, eating and celebrating every edible part of a plant.
Jocelyn Cross and Mat Pember, includes a run down of 35 edible plants, covering flowers, roots and weeds.
The ideal inspiration for any home gardener.
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