The first Latin plant name I ever learned was Monstera, in honour of the triffid-like Swiss cheese plant that was a towering fixture in our 1970s living room. I recall it spiralling ever upwards, with little help from any of us, and though it eventually went the way of all plants, its offspring survive to this day – proving the easy-going nature and resilience of these plants. So I’m thrilled that they’re back in our affections again and, like many of you, I am rediscovering the pleasure of living surrounded by greenery indoors as well as out. A huge part of the explosion of interest in houseplants is thanks to their visual appeal on social media. So we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite Instagrammers in this issue to show you how desirable houseplants are, and how stylish your home can become with just a few well-placed planters. If you’ve not yet succumbed to their appeal, I predict you will after reading this issue. And if you have, you’ll discover a lot more on our website to feed your interest – we have grouped it all together at gardenersworld. com/houseplants for easy browsing. Do share your houseplant discoveries with us, via email or social media, and we’ll print our favourites over the coming months. Enjoy the issue!
PS With our gardens becoming a real escape for all the family, we want them to be fun and safe places – including for our four-legged friends! So don’t miss our Pets in the Garden special next month – with a few familiar faces to help.
Lucy Hall, Editor @lucyhall_GW
Monty, Monty Carol and the team will share tips on gardening with pets