Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Egar D’Souza Tips and more, bun­

BRING your home to life with bright in­door pot plants such as or­chids, peace lilies, bromeli­ads and zanz­ibar gems.

Th­ese plants thrive in­doors, are easy to main­tain and can usu­ally be pur­chased al­ready grown so you don’t have to worry about car­ing for them in their early stages, says Bun­nings green­life buyer Sharyn Petrzela.

“If you have a sunny gar­den, spruce up the space with pot plants such as gera­ni­ums and petu­nias. If you’re work­ing with a shadier area, try camel­lias, gar­de­nias or clivia,” she said.

Herbs such as pars­ley, basil and rose­mary are an­other great op­tion for pots as they don’t need a large space to grow and will be a tasty ad­di­tion to home-cooked meals.

Once you have your plants, choos­ing the right pot for them is im­por­tant.

Fac­tors to con­sider in­clude plant size, weight and pot drainage.

“No mat­ter the plant, the pot must have ad­e­quate drainage holes to en­sure it does not be­come wa­ter logged,” Ms Petrzela said.

Medium-sized plants with a larger root sys­tem, such as conifers, will need a larger pot to thrive while smaller flow­ers, such as gera­ni­ums and petu­nias, will flour­ish in smaller pots and hang­ing bas­kets. Suc­cu­lents are par­tic­u­larly well suited to shal­low pots and bowls.

Pots come in var­i­ous shapes, sizes and ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing ce­ramic, ter­ra­cotta, clay, plas­tic, light­weight ce­ment and tim­ber.

Pots of de­light — pots come in a range of shapes and styles and can be used to plant flow­ers, herbs and even veg­eta­bles.

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