Wel­come

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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

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