Indoor plants hit their hey day in the 1970s. Living rooms began to look more like jungles with palm trees, hanging fern baskets, and climbing plants. But what began as a way of getting back to nature soon became a messy, decorating nightmare.
The 70’s are over but indoor plants are still as popular as ever. Brendan and plant expert Michelle Shennen explain the basics of indoor planting and the fundamentals you need to know when dressing your interior.
"You're getting into more of the architectural, minimalist look…It's like choosing a piece or choosing a painting. You're painting that little situation, whether it's a group of three or just one great plant," Michele explained.
Michele's golden rules for indoor plants:
- Choose a great pot.
- When choosing indoor plants, it is ideal to select plants that can survive changing fashion trends. Such plants include the Ficus, Spathiphyllum and those from the Philodendron family, which are all available from your local garden centres.
- A good way to give your plants a fresh new look is by choosing the correct style of pot. Particular pot styles and colours that can help re-invent your indoor plants include crackle glaze, blacks and ox blood.
- Don't pot the plant into it. Simply place the plant inside and disguise the top with pebbles or coconut fibre. That way you have the flexibility to change your mind.
- Choose a plant with an interesting leaf shape or colour.
- Keep it simple - don't crowd your space up too much. You have to live there as well as the plants.
- If your plant starts to look bad, throw it out and start again - they're cheaper than a bunch of flowers.
For further information:
Michele Shennen's Garden Centres
- Dracaena Song of India
- Tacca integrifolia batplant