Plants have a magical way of transforming any space. Indoors, they not only add beauty but can boost our general well-being, productivity and add a sense of calm.
The act of caring for plants, tending to their needs and watching them thrive (or sometimes die, that’s okay too!), is a great form of therapy. It’s meditative and rewarding, a journey of learning and building a stronger connection to nature.
There are a few basics that are worth noting before you take a deep dive into the world of gardening. First off, always make sure you buy plants with light requirements that match your home, otherwise you’re setting yourself up for failure. Thankfully, there are plenty of indoor plants that range from loving loads of bright, indirect light, and even some great low-light tolerance plants like the Zanzibar gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) and devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum).
Find your balance
Make sure your plant is in a pot with a drainage hole to avoid root rot and saucer to collect any water. Check in on your plants twice a week, and dip your finger in the soil to feel if they need watering.
Generally speaking, most indoor plants require the top few centimetres of soil to dry out before watering again. Water them less in the cooler months and more regularly in the summer. During the warmer months when plants are in their growth phase, it’s also the time to give them a nutrient boost with an indoor-specific, liquid fertiliser diluted to half strength.
Style to suit your tastes (and your home)
Now that you have your plant care 101 mastered, it’s time to think about how you want to style your plants. You can be as minimalist or maximalist as you want. Let your creativity run wild!
Plant stands, hanging planters and shelves are a great way to display your plants and create height and drama. Trailing plants such as the wax plant (Hoya carnosa) or heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum) look gorgeous cascading down from shelves. A Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) makes a great focal point on a plant stand. Climbing plants like mini monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma) or Swiss cheese vine (Monstera adansonii) can be trained up walls with hooks, and small cuttings can be displayed in cute glass vases.
For the Tall & Narrow, Maison Balzac glassware sits beside a begonia cutting, a fern leaf cactus (Selenicereus chrysocardium) and some chic botanical wares for a seriously sophisticated vibe.
It’s kid heaven for the Tall & Wide, making use of non-toxic greenery such as Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) and watermelon peperomia (Peperomia argyreia) within toddler reach.
Music and a mini bar helps create something a little more adult with the Short & Wide. They sit perfectly among a red bristle philodendron (Philodendron squamiferum) and queen of hearts (Homalomena rubescens ‘maggy’).