In­de­struc­tible in­door gems to brighten up the home

Pilbara News - - Property - Cy Clay­ton

From old-fash­ioned favourites to new clas­sics, Perth green thumbs share their favourite plants to tap into the grow­ing trend.

1. Pothos (Epiprem­num au­reum)

“If you are a novice gar­dener, have low light lev­els and kill most in­door plants, this is the plant for you,” says The West Aus­tralian gardening colum­nist Sab­rina Hahn.

Known as devil’s ivy “be­cause it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to kill”, it of­fers lovely fo­liage and is great for trail­ing, climb­ing and creep­ing.

“I love the var­ie­gated leaves and the fact that you can make it funky by train­ing it up or along any ob­ject,” Ms Hahn says.

2. Hoya

Its wax-like flow­ers and beau­ti­ful fo­liage have helped bring the clas­sic hoya back into fash­ion, ac­cord­ing to Morag Bar­ron of Lit­tle Leaf Co in Boor­a­goon.

“Hoyas have made a huge come­back and are one of our best sell­ers,” she says.

“While most of our hoyas are used as hang­ing plants, they also love to climb and cling.”

3. African milk tree (Euphor­bia trig­ona)

Land­scape de­signer Ascher Smith, of SolS­capes, names this euphor­bia as one of her favourite in­door plants.

“They are drought-tol­er­ant, which is per­fect for in­door plants when you go away on hol­i­day.”

They are also easy to grow.

4. ZZ plant (Zamiocul­cas za­mi­ifo­lia)

Habi­tat gardening colum­nist Deryn Thorpe says the ZZ plant is ideal for black-thumbs.

“Its fleshy branches look like tall feath­ers but are ac­tu­ally leaves,” she says.

“It is in­de­struc­tible if you don’t over­wa­ter.”

5. Mon­stera (Mon­stera de­li­ciosa)

For a plant with char­ac­ter, you can’t go past the mon­stera.

“It re­ally is a climb­ing mon­ster full of char­ac­ter and charm,” Ms Smith says. “Cut an older large leaf off lower down the stem for an in­stant fea­ture in a vase,” she says.

6. Mother-in-law’s tongue (San­se­vieria)

An­other old favourite, mother-in-law’s tongue is great for non-gar­den­ers.

“It’s also one of the best plants for im­prov­ing in­door air qual­ity,” says Tim Parker, of Daw­son’s Gar­den World.

Lit­tle Leaf Co’s Rosie Ainslie agrees.

“It can tol­er­ate any light con­di­tions and will thrive on ab­so­lute ne­glect,” she says.

7. Fid­dle leaf fig (Fi­cus lyrata)

One of the stars of the in­door plant re­vival, fid­dle leaf figs thrive on ne­glect, ac­cord­ing to Waldecks’ David Un­der­wood.

“We love the height these plants (reach­ing 2m plus) give to any room and the large glossy green leaves that are the size of din­ner plates,” he says.

8. Cis­sus rhomb­i­fo­lia Ellen Dan­ica

Ideal as a hang­ing or climb­ing plant, Cis­sus rhomb­i­fo­lia is an­other of Ms Hahn’s favourite in­door va­ri­eties.

“(It) is one of the best climb­ing plants for in­doors,” she says.

Pic­ture: Ascher Smith

A fea­ture leaf from a Mon­stera.

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