From reducing carbon dioxide levels and indoor pollution to increasing productivity and mood, the powers of having plants in our home for physical and mental health have been well documented and widely supported.
Beyond the health benefits, however, greenery in the home is the star of the interior stylist. Introducing greenery of all kinds, in every room, is by far the fastest and easiest way to add instant color and new life to a mediocre living space. If you're a neutral enthusiast (gravitate toward grays and whites), green allows for an injection of color without compromising your minimal aesthetic. If you are a lover of colors, natural greenery will always work; there is no nuance that does not complement each other. Understanding the importance of home planting is one thing, but for those of you who don't have green fingers, read on to find out which plants work in which spaces and why.
There are countless varieties of plants that work in the bedroom, given their collective ability to induce a sense of calm. Building on the tropical botanical trend, Parlor Palm (chamaedorea elegans) fits well in the bedroom, especially if you keep the rest of the color palette in a tight spot. This is a tall floor plant that needs a bit of space around it and a medium light. This particular plant thrives where there is a general glow, but it does not love direct sunlight. With long palm leaves, it enhances an aesthetic designed around relaxation, softening the light through the blinds. An ideal companion for an afternoon nap. Other plants that work well in the bedroom include lavender, for obvious reasons, and the Snake plant (sansevieria trifasciata) - or, as it is sometimes called, Mother's Tongue in Law. The latter emits oxygen from the night, which is said to contribute to a better night's sleep. Also, Snake Plant and Aloe Vera, which work in a similar way, are two of the lowest maintenance options you are likely to find.
Space is always limited in the kitchen, and for this reason, hanging planters are ideal. Choose plants that can hang over the sink or in bright corners to make sure your countertops are clear and you never have to worry about cleaning dirt marks. The aluminum plant (pilea cadierei) is one of the main competitors here, as it is self-supporting, and its metallic details could even complement your pots and pans. This is a tropical plant by nature, so it works well in the kitchen, where the temperature can be a bit higher. With that said, keep it away from hot or cold drafts. Although most of us have a tendency to water plants at the first sign of thirst - excess water is the number one killer of indoor plants - this particular plant is said to grow when you allow the first 1-2 inches to dry before watering again. Again, Aloe Vera works in the kitchen; On a very practical level, you can use it to soothe a burned finger during cooking.
Whenever possible, it is always worth adding natural planting to a bathroom. Not just because of the color; Certain plants will play an important role in removing odors. Since most of the houseplants we target are tropical, they do quite well in a low-light, very humid environment like this one. If floor or shelf space is your primary real estate, go the hanging planter route. For the bathroom, consider the spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) which is particularly powerful at fighting odors and fumes. What's more, it thrives in most conditions, so it can definitely handle the humidity from the shower (assuming you're not browsing the windows all day). This is an incredibly easy plant to maintain, and its long cascading leaves add style to an otherwise functional room.
The truth is that there are very few plants that do well in dark corners and in low light. While you may not be a horticulturist at heart, we all know that plants need sunlight to grow. Even if they enjoy the shade, they all need natural light indirectly. With that in mind, we took the artificial route. But do not worry; Fake foliage has improved a lot in recent years, it is no longer so obvious when you walk into a room. For awkward corners where you need a little something, be it a space fill or an injection of color, a raised floor plant is the way to go. Homesense (homesense.ie), I would say, has the best range of faux plants on the Irish market. Ikea's selection (ikea.com/ie) isn't bad either, and for a brilliant option online, try audenza.co.uk.
We have all been there; you buy a beautiful house plant, a real one, just to take home, put it in a bright window and see how it wilts or endures "leaf scorch." Many plants prefer indirect sunlight (because in the jungle, the tree canopy will act as a filter for sunlight) but the following, coming from Australia or Africa, are your best option where the sun is shining. In fact, they love it. First, try the African Milk Bush (synadenium) for a greenhouse, south-facing room, or window sill. While it may have an appearance that only a mother can love, it will suit those with a penchant for cacti or succulents (this is a succulent, not a cactus). And while we're on the subject, you're safe in the sun with succulents and cacti, just give them a water mist once a week. Once again, Snake Plant earns its reputation as "impossible to kill" as it survives in direct sunlight and in shady conditions. And if you want a pop of color with your greenery, try geraniums.