It's no secret that we at Homepolish love bringing some green into the home, so we asked our plant-savvy friends at Garden Collage to weigh in with their expert advice.
In a world where public parks and green workspaces increasingly dominate the discussion about our quality of life, incorporating greenery and plant life into the home has never been more important. New studies show that access to nature (even if that means adding a few houseplants to your living space) can drastically improve physical, mental, and emotional health. And let’s just say, ALL those things are important! Fortunately, even those with a black thumb are capable of reaping the benefits of well-placed house plants You just have to know what to buy and where to put it. Compiled by Garden Collage, here are our 5 key tips to consider when greening-out your space.
1. If you have light, go for height
A rookie mistake that newcomers to gardening often make is in assuming that bigger plants will be harder to care for. Not so with trees! With large windows, a smattering of large trees can grow and make a statement! The ficus (also known as a “weeping fig,” which is shown in the picture above and is a Homepolish fave) is a particularly good bang for your buck, and that varietal provides a big burst of foliage to any communal space. Most ficus trees enjoy filtered light (as long as you place it near a window that gets a few hours of sun a day, you should be good), and they only require watering when the top of the soil in their pot feels dry to the touch.
2. Play with size and symmetry
Like we said… when it comes to plants, bigger doesn’t always mean harder to care for. Those with limited time or shelf space benefit from investing in a few large “statement” planters (we love Impruneta terracotta pots, but that’s just us). Banana trees, lemon button ferns, and European fan palms all look absolutely regal in large, bespoke planters like these. Invest in a few of the same species of plant and place them in opposing sides of the room. (But be sure to keep tall trees away from ceiling fans or drafts!) The repetition of form and leaf pattern really ties a room together.
3. Go beyond herbs in the kitchen
When chefs talk about bringing the garden into the kitchen, they’re often referring not just to local food, but potted herbs, which can be grown on any windowsill. Rosemary, basil, and dill typically work well in window boxes or small pots, but so do more unconventional flowers that “do double duty.” By this, we mean functional flowers that you can eat! Those who love flowers should consider growing blue cornflower, chamomile, and/or lemon-scented geranium, shown in the verso basket above. These varieties all have health benefits, and they’ll make your kitchen smell wonderfully. Some herbs such as thyme, sage, basil, and arugula also flower.
4. Embrace bathroom humidity
Taking advantage of the humidity that naturally happens in all bathrooms with a shower is key. Most tropical and subtropical plants LOVE the heat and humidity that comes with a hot shower, so take advantage by incorporating scented plants like jasmine or lush tropicals like philodendron, orchids, and bamboo. All will flourish in bathrooms that get at least some natural light. As long as you remember to water them once every week or two, they will survive and thrive in pots, hanging planters, or in jars on a windowsill.
5. Mix it up in the bedroom
Variety and repetition are the yin and yang of outdoor planting schemes, and this premise also holds true when growing plants indoors. Try growing a variety of different house plants in uniform containers on the same bookshelf. We love mixing glass vases and terracotta in the same unit, because the repetition of form allows the plants, rather than the vessels, to make the statement. Though, we must say, some of our favorites are the glamorous, glazed Pulpo vases. Go with unique characters like Boston fern, spider plants, jade, English ivy, or aloe, all of which are low-maintenance and virtually pest-free (which is important for bedroom spaces). The larger and unique-looking each plant becomes, the better.