The lat­est hor­ti­cul­tural must-have is big­ger, bet­ter and not in your gar­den

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First came minia­ture cacti and suc­cu­lents, then table­top ter­rar­i­ums, fol­lowed by the flam­boy­ant fo­liage of waist-height Swiss cheese and ele­phant ear plants. Next? An in­door or­chard. Now is the time to fol­low in the foot­steps of the most avant-garde in­te­ri­ors and go the whole hog, be­cause with this trend, the big­ger, the bet­ter. Take in­spi­ra­tion from the high street, where min­i­mal­ist in­te­ri­ors meet max­i­mal­ist ar­bo­real ac­ces­sories – such as Fos­ter + Part­ners’ re­design of Ap­ple’s Lon­don flag­ship Re­gent Street store, which in­cludes a grove of twelve Fi­cus Alii trees in the oth­er­wise im­mac­u­late white space. We’ve spot­ted two-me­tre-tall fid­dle-leaf fig trees ev­ery­where from the win­dows of cool Swedish cloth­ing store & Other Sto­ries to de­signer Jonathan Adler’s New York din­ing room. Want to try the look for your­self? Thomas Broom-hughes, Peter­sham Nurs­eries’ head of hor­ti­cul­ture (and the mas­ter­mind be­hind the tree ferns that tower over shop­pers’ heads at its new Covent Gar­den out­post), rec­om­mends that you ‘choose a tree that is suited to the con­di­tions – light, dark, damp, draughty – of the ex­act place you plan to put it.’ If pos­si­ble, put the plant out­doors for a stint over sum­mer, and don’t wa­ter it too of­ten: the trendi­est trees – ferns, fig, olive, cit­rus – are orig­i­nally from Mediter­ranean or trop­i­cal cli­mates, so don’t re­spond well to zeal­ous wa­ter­ing. But, well-cared for, a tree will lit­er­ally and metaphor­i­cally breathe new life into your home. For ad­vice and a range of trees, try Todd’s Botan­ics (from £22.95 for a pot­ted fig tree; todds­b­otan­

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