So your space is super-shady? In full sun? It’s on the tiny side? Or your thumb’s the opposite of green? Find the perfect plant for your home in our 7 fave indoor plants for spring.
It’s spring and we’re festooning our homes with green fronds and fresh blooms. We’re reviving our interiors to welcome in the season. We’re taking a leaf out of Anne of Green Gables’ book and throwing back the shutters to draw in the spirit of renewal!
It’s all about nature nurture this month. And potted plants and flowers infuse your home with freshness and a sense of harmony.
Pot plants are good for the soul. They’re proven to lift our psyches. And they purify the air – weeding out toxins released from carpets, paints, even cosmetics.* Plus, they’re packed with personality, creating the ideal counterbalance to your soft furnishings and sleek finishes.
You don’t have to subsist in a sizeable mansion to get onboard. Spruce up your pint-sized balcony with a posse of perennials. Or host an edible garden on your kitchen windowsill.
But what type of plant is right for you? Read our recommendations to find the perfect match for your environment and décor, and bring the outdoors in!
*See here for more info about how indoor plants can enhance your health.
For a touch of whimsy
African Violet Guppy Plant. Image from lovethispic.com.
Add unique character to your home with the guppy plant. This relative of the African violet will have you at hello. Sporting glossy evergreen leaves and a flower that resembles a goldfish, it’s pretty close to adorable.
This little beauty likes dappled light or low warm sun and constantly moist soil. It blooms in summer.
For that mod-cottage look
Installation ideas for your trailing ferns from blog.jonesandco.com.au.
Ferns do best in moist environments so should be kept away from strong draughts, air conditioning and direct sunlight. They thrive in bathrooms due to the high humidity levels.
Pot ferns into a mix that holds extra moisture and feed them with controlled release fertiliser.
For tropical colour
Hibiscus flowering plant. Image from porch.com.
You can’t go past the hibiscus for tropical appeal at home. Create your own oasis with its oversized blooms, evocative of island escapes. The flowers are ephemeral (like all exotic affairs J). Voluptuous and vibrant, they last just a day or two.
However, the hibiscus plant blooms from late spring to autumn, sometimes even into the winter months. That’s a lot of flowers! It loves moist soil, and bright light encourages continuous blooming. Pique your décor palette with its decadent hues.
We love: the blowsy romance of its flowers, ranging from pink to mandarin, yellow and white amongst its deep green leaves.
For the forgetful
Zanzibar Gem. Image from katrinaleechambers.com.
Opt for statement looks with the Zanzibar Gem, a big leafy standing plant that works well in an oversized urn or basket. This African desert plant is renowned for being almost indestructible. (Especially if you opt for the faux version!)
Known as the Eternity Tree for its hardiness, the Zanzibar Gem has thick glossy leaves that fan out from the trunk. It tolerates low light, air-conditioning and a lack of water. (Perfect for those likely to forget its existence.)
For shady/dark spots
Fiddle-leaf fig. Image from arent&pyke.
Display their full foliage in a woven basket or a vibrant planter/urn for a pop of colour. Ensure you don’t plant directly into ceramic and terracotta pots to prevent your plant from suffering from the cold in winter.
We love: mother-in-law’s tongue (aka the snake plant) for its virile sword-like leaves and its amazing name(s).
For those blessed with brown thumbs
Charismatic cacti and succulents displayed in pots, planters and hanging terrariums from Maxwell & Williams. Image left from balconygardenweb.com.
If keeping green things alive is something of a challenge, succulents and cacti are your go-to plants. Form family or clusters of these hardy specimens.
Cacti and succulents work well inside. Generally they like open, sunny spots – but check, as some demand full sun all day. Keep them drier inside.
Select from the wide range of varietals with sculptural forms and soft accent colours. Common jades and crassulas work well. Epiphytic (trailing) succulents look great in hanging baskets.
Handle gently when repotting – cacti are susceptible to root damage.
For retro flair
Image from forums.gardenweb.com.
Indoor plants came back into vogue in a big way in the 70s. And we foster a fondness for the blue-rinse brigade. There’s a space in our hearts for old-world chintz, shabby-chic, and the African violet.
African violets exude nostalgia – they’re reminiscent of afternoons spent with your nan. Plus, they come in a wide range of colours to suit your décor!
African violets like a warm position with filtered sunlight. Try not to get cold water on their furry leaves – it leaves brown spots.
We love: the fact that they bloom all year round with just a little TLC.
Images from homeklondike.org.
Work with combinations to evoke a fresh inviting vibe.
Create vignettes on your coffee and side tables with leatherbound books, hurricane lanterns and unique décor accents, like old twine. Or display a trio in hanging pots against your wall – living wall art!
Image source: balconygardenweb.com.