Our mission? To make coming home a pleasure when we step inside the front door, and take a deep, calming breath.
Indoor plants soothe anxiety, promote clear thinking and purify the air we breathe by absorbing many of the toxins generated by the materials used in modern day households.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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Bright spaces are perfect for palms, ferns and tropical foliage plants such as prayer plant (Ctenanthe), calathea and zebra plant. Grow one plant per pot so each root system can expand to fill the space.
Parlour palms (Chamaedorea elegans), have been favoured indoor plants for centuries. They were especially popular in the 19th century and were used extensively to beautify many a Victorian parlour - hence the name. The soft, fern-like fronds are a terrific match with modern interiors too. Parlour palms are very compact so can be displayed on a desk or coffee table. They can also be grown in a bush-house or shady garden position.
How cheery is a tiny treasure in a pretty pot on a windowsill! African violets (Saintpaulia) are small enough for even the cosiest apartment. For best results plant into a specific African violet potting mix in a self-watering pot. These pots allow the plant to suck water from a reservoir through a wick passing through the bottom of the pot. This avoids the common problem of overwatering. Feed three times a year with Kenrose African Violet Fertiliser, Aquasol or Nitrosol added to the water in the reservoir.
Linda groups pots together for a charming vignette. Photo - AGSS Sydney
Indoor green walls
Green walls are an ideal solution to cramped spaces - indoors or out. Getting plants up off the floor to create a wall of colourful foliages works well in low-level light situations, cramped courtyards and narrow passageways. Good construction and drainage is as essential as good plant choice. In the wall shown here plants that are traditionally used indoors are planted vertically.
After we’ve lived with them for a while potted plants are like friends. We chat to them, they make us smile and some can be more time-consuming than others! Astute plant choice is therefore essential. A little group positioned at the front door is always a pleasant ‘welcome home’. Choose wisely so that something in the group is always changing and in flower, bolstered by more static plants such as easy-care succulents.
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Get crafty with just-pruned tree branches (willow, birch, crepe myrtle and apple branches are good) while they are supple. They will dry nicely when woven into a ring. These can be decorated with native nuts and berries and seasonal flowers for special occasions. Here stems of ‘Peaches and Cream’ grevillea were placed in water vials, inserted into the ring and decorated with gumnuts. The grevillea flowers lasted a week.
Australia Day Party? Welcome guests with our grevillea wreathe. Photo - Andrew Lehman
Text: Linda Ross