Anyone who knows me will know that I am plant obsessed. The downfall with this, however, is that I’m also a plant killer. It’s actually laughable just how quickly they die. That being said, over the past year I have been collecting and researching plants which even I can just about manage – most of the time.
With an ever increasing number of people living in flats it’s important to incorporate even just a tiny bit of nature into our homes. Not only is it proven that plants have a positive effect on our mood and wellbeing, they also spruce up that boring corner in your home. So it’s a win-win! Thankfully there’s a lot of inspiration and resources out there for all of you eager plant enthusiasts who don’t know where to begin.
See my tips below for different ways you can incorporate plants into your homes:
Creating a herb garden is super easy. It looks great in a kitchen or outdoors on a balcony & can be used all year round. A crate is a great way to display your herbs – just remember to cut out holes in the bottom (if your crate has a plastic lining). This will ensure that water does not clog up in the bottom of the box.
I’ll admit I love these adorable mini plants but I’ll put my hands up and be the first one to acknowledge that they are not always as easy to look after as you think. I’ve learnt that different succulents require different sunlight & water so do your research before buying different ones if you intend to pot them together. I now always stick with separate pots and keep them in small bowls or tea cups. The size is ideal for sticking in smaller nooks in the house such as book shelves or a dressing table. Just make sure they get enough sunlight & water them every week or two. That’s all there is to it!
Another trend which doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. There are so many different, creative routes you can take with a terrarium and they are great fun to make. If, like me, you are looking for plants that don’t require much care then opt for cactuses. These hardy plants barely need any attention. Although different soil, water and sunlight requirements are needed depending on your choice of plants, the layered structure of a terrarium always remains the same. Choose a container, add pebbles at the bottom for drainage, pour in the soil, add your plants and decorate with objects of your choice. ‘The House Gardener’ by Isabella Palmer is a great book for inspiration & tips on looking after your plants. There’s also a local Brighton company called Miniature & Moss who sell beautiful terrariums & organise workshops.
- Make sure to clean your containers thoroughly before beginning.
- Keep cacti & succulents seperate. They require different conditions so sticking to one type of plant will ensure they last longer.
- If you are opting for a tropical terrarium choose a closed terrarium container. These type of plants like humid conditions. You can use a water spray bottle to mist your plants regularly.
- Cacti like dry conditions so make sure you have a open container (or one with a lid that you can open).
- Do your research to find out which soil & lighting conditions are needed. Trust me it will pay off & you will avoid the disappoint of finding your beautiful new display shrivelled after just a few weeks!
Go the extra mile:
- You can be really imaginative with your terrariums. Glass bowls, bottles, trinket boxes, old tin cans & lanterns would all make for a unique display.
- Why not decorate the areas around your plants with sea shells, pretty stones, sand, moss, or even mini figurines!