Did you know that there is a range of benefits of bringing the outdoors indoors?
Interior landscaping has become more and more popular over the years as people are discovering and experiencing the benefits of their indoor gardens. Whether it’s a plant here or there, or a tropical forest living within your abode.
Plants can help to reduce stress and create a feeling of well-being. The feeling you get when you are surrounded by nature either at work or at home, makes you feel more relaxed, inspired and at ease. Research has shown that indoor plants help with productivity in the office and fewer sick days. Plants also naturally improve the air quality inside the home or office, reducing carbon dioxide and dust levels.
Not having a particularly great “Green Thumb” but yearning for a beautiful indoor landscape, I set out to find the perfect plants to love and that will love me back.
My top picks for no a fuss, beautiful, indoor garden are:
- Zanzibar Gem – These beauties not only look vibrant with their deep green glossy leaves, they actually thrive on neglect. Watering a Zanzibar is only required every other month during winter and a splash of fertiliser in summer. These plants also survive brilliantly indoors with no natural or filtered light.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig – Last years, this years and probably the next years “IT” plant for interior designers and stylists, the Fiddle Leaf requires fairly low maintenance. It likes to be in filtered light or light rooms, but not direct sunlight as direct sun may cause the leaves to burn and it hates to have “wet feet” so no need to over water. Follow these simple rules and you’ll have a stunning plant for minimal effort.
- Monstera Deliciosa – This plant has impressive leaves on long slender stems, the leaves sometimes resemble Swiss cheese. I recommend the dwarf version of this tropical plant as it can grow quite large. The Monstera requires slightly more watering than the Fiddle Leaf, what has worked for me is popping the plant outside under our Mango Tree when it is due to rain for a nice drenching and draining (no “wet feet”), then brought back inside and placed in a well-lit spot with indirect sunlight.
- Devils Ivy – Perfect to soften parts of your home or office. This cascading plant suits rooms with little to no light will even grow well under fluorescent lights! The Devils Ivy will become thirsty every 5 days during summer and every 10 or so days during the cooler months and loves a dash of fertiliser every now and then
- Persian Palm – Or better known as Elephant Ears. This palm can reach up to 1.5m and is used to add drama to your home. Being a tropical plant the Elephant Ear likes to be placed indoors away from direct sunlight. Watering the palm is more frequent than my other top picks, but it’s worth it. The leaves are stunning! When they sprout up and unravel, the texture is all wrinkly, until they grow and flatten out smooth.
Still a little nervous about caring for an indoor plant? Well, don’t be as we also recommend these watering systems that take the guess work out of when and how much to water. These systems are wicking based so the plant will just take out what it needs during the months. All you need to do is check the water level in the container every so often…..simple!
Here is a Fiddle Leaf that is in our Airbnb rental that takes care of its self with the help of the watering system.
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