Dec­o­ra­tive and func­tional, in­door green­ery adds liv­ing colour to a room – and helps to make your home health­ier.

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AN IN­DOOR PLANT IS a breath of fresh air for your home – in more ways than one. Plants bring nat­u­ral tones of green to your in­doors and can be used to fill space, de­fine a zone or cre­ate a fo­cal point. As well, they help to pu­rify in­door air through their nat­u­ral pho­to­syn­the­sis pro­cesses.

When buy­ing plants, think about the look you’d like to cre­ate and the area avail­able. Do you want lush leafy fo­liage (fid­dle-leaf fig), some­thing more sculp­tural (mother-in-law’s tongue), a com­pact suc­cu­lent, hardy climber (devil’s ivy) or one that flow­ers (peace or madonna lily)? Also con­sider the plant’s light re­quire­ments – ei­ther direct, in­di­rect, par­tial or full shade – and pro­vide a lit­tle love: qual­ity pot­ting mix, reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing and po­si­tion­ing away from cold draughts or heat-pro­duc­ing ap­pli­ances. Pot up your plant in a stun­ning con­tainer and you’re well on the way to green-thumbed suc­cess!

“Plants are my favourite thing to buy. They add en­ergy to a room. If in doubt, put a plant in it!” – Je­lena An­der­son

Botanic blowout If you’re se­ri­ously green, try hang­ing pots on a rack as art and find art that’s plant-based.

Bring­ing the out­doors in

Plants are a dec­o­rat­ing must-have for Je­lena, mum of Beau (above), and fea­ture in many parts of her home.

In­doors or out Ikea’s Sku­rar hang­ing planter in Off-White, $5.99, can be hung any­where.

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