Now that the Christmas decorations have been taken down, if you find yourself wondering how to add a renewed freshness to your home, if you dream of an energising, yet relaxing sanctuary, then you might wish to consider growing some new houseplants and bringing some living greenery to your home.
It’s best to work with the conditions that your home can provide. I find I can more accurately determine the brightness of a room, if I am not trying to match it to a coveted plant that I am trying desperately to place! Don’t worry, I can assure you that there are fabulous houseplants for any situation. I must tell you that I recommend collecting rainwater to water all indoor plants, despite the extra work involved in collecting rainwater.
Houseplants for Bright, Light Rooms
If your home is bright and full of natural light, a fabulous Aloe vera plant might tempt you. This beautiful, architectural succulent will provide you with fleshy leaves, which you can remove as and when their inner gel, with its cooling and soothing properties, is required to treat sunburn and other minor injuries.
Houseplants for Windowsills
Saintpaulia, or African violets, are often perpetual bloomers on windowsills; they even grow well above radiators. Place your African violet container on a saucer, and top the saucer up with water when the surface of the plant’s compost begins to dry out. Deadhead regularly for optimum flowering. Take leaf cuttings to create new plants. Simply remove a fully developed leaf, and pot it up carefully in gritty, well-drained compost, ensuring that the base of the leaf is touching the compost. Cover with a clear plastic bag if you wish, but it’s not essential.
Houseplants for Partially Shaded Rooms
If your home offers somewhat shadier conditions, don’t despair, there are plenty of beautiful and stylish houseplant companions that will love and enhance your room. Spathiphyllum wallisii, known as the peace lily, is such a darling of a houseplant! It’s easy going and great to be around, complementing any style of decor. Thriving in bright, partially shaded, to shaded conditions, peace lilies have a fresh look and feel; they also purify the air, removing toxins. The more plants you install in a room, the greater the purifying effect and the sumptuous, decadent feel.
Houseplants for Shaded Rooms
If your room is really rather shaded, opt for a houseplant that will favour these conditions, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ plant, is quite amazing, it thrives in partially shaded to deeply shaded conditions and can be grown in rooms with only artificial light. Its green, shiny leaves add a charming presence and life to any dimly lit room. If your interest in houseplants tends to wane during the summer months, then you’ll be glad to know that the ZZ plant is remarkably tolerant of neglect. All of these plants will all be happy in temperatures from 15C-25C.
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This article was first published in the January 2018 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.
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