Ideal for city living folks, indoor plants do not need a lot of space and are generally easy to manage. Floral designer and stylist, Storm Ross, from The Holloway Shop explains how to bring a little life and green into your home…
Not only do plants make your home look fresh and lush, they can also have amazing health benefits too. Plants lift the spirit of a room and can bring a sense of peace into our overrun lives. Many indoor plants are great for ridding toxins from the air, like the peace lily, aloe and orchids.
A LITTLE TLC GOES A LONG WAY
Give your indoor plants some TLC in order to keep them healthy and long lasting. Make sure your potted plants have sufficient drainage, lights and liquid fertilizer. Avoid over-watering by dipping a wooden sosatie stick in to the soil to see whether it’s damp or dry. Try to place your plants on trays so they can draw water as needed. This also prevents soaking the roots and over-watering.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Light is a crucial element to consider when choosing plants from your local nursery. Not all indoor plants survive well with low light, and some need bright light but not direct light. Peace lily and golden pothos, for example, do well in low light, and placed further away from windows they can bring life to an otherwise dull corner. On the other hand, the prayer plant (with big oval leaves) and fiddle leaf tree (with its lean trunk) thrive in a sun-filled room.
Plants look good, and taste good too. Most edible plants grown indoors need to be placed on a windowsill or where there is sufficient light throughout the day. Kale and beets are great as they form thick bushes of beautiful leaves that are good for juicing.
There are many new and interesting ways to display your indoor plants. Have a DIY day and make a terrarium that you can line up on a shelf, cluster your house plants in beautiful handmade, ceramic pots, hang them from the ceiling in a macramé, wall planter, moss ball or hand-woven basket. Let your plants make a statement.
An instant way to green your home is to head to the garden and pinch some bold leaves, a branch of unusual foliage, a few blooms, and stick them in a vase. Strelitzia and delicious monster produce great statement leaves that last long and need little arranging. A branch of aloe or loquat, with some fruit still on the stem, will keep for days. If you don’t have a garden head to your local grocer for eucalyptus leaves to add an instant cool grey and classic freshness…
Once you’ve mastered the art of indoor gardening, take it up top with a New York-styled roof top full of greenery. We show you how here.
As first published in the April issue of ELLE South Africa