Just leaf that there

Un­sure which plants you should place in the bath­room, lounge or bed­room? House­plant ex­pert Claire Bishop of­fers some top tips to HAN­NAH STEPHEN­SON

Gloucestershire Echo - - HOME ADVICE -

AS THE sea­sons change, wav­ing good­bye to sum­mer doesn’t have to mean the end of en­joy­ing gor­geous plants. You can still keep your home feel­ing alive with house­plants, what­ever your decor style. For those new to keep­ing plants in­doors though, know­ing what to have where can seem tricky. Claire Bishop, house­plant buyer at Dob­bies Garden Cen­tres, of­fers the fol­low­ing tips on how house­plants can en­hance a num­ber of dif­fer­ent styles and moods – from bright and bold, to soft, sub­tle and ar­chi­tec­turally sculpted – and which ones work best where...

FAM­ILY FIX­TURE

FOR a bright, cheer­ful ad­di­tion to any fam­ily room, turn to de­pend­able, easy-to-grow favourites such as the spi­der plant. Thriv­ing even in a brightly-lit lounge, the bold stripes of the var­ie­gated Chloro­phy­tum will last all year round. Try a hang­ing bas­ket to dis­play it to best ef­fect.

The peace lily is another go-to house­plant, be­ing beau­ti­ful and al­most in­de­struc­tible - it ac­tu­ally thrives on un­der-wa­ter­ing. With its pure white flow­ers and deep green leaves, it’s a calm­ing pres­ence. It’s also one of the best plants for re­mov­ing air pol­lu­tion.

AU NAT­U­RAL

LUSH green plants, paired with rugged ter­ra­cotta con­tain­ers bring the out­doors into your home. The pop­u­lar Bos­ton fern, with its arch­ing green fronds, can de­velop into a per­fect sphere of in­tri­cate green­ery.

Al­ter­na­tively, go for the sansevieri­a suc­cu­lent, which adds at­trac­tive mar­bling to the mix. Com­monly known as snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue, sansevieri­a are much more sooth­ing to have around than ei­ther of their nick­names sug­gests.

TYP­I­CALLY TROP­I­CAL

FOR a more vi­brant look, seek out daz­zling trop­i­cal plants such as the Calathea pea­cock plant. As the name sug­gests, this plant is all about dis­play, with a feathered ef­fect in dif­fer­ent shades of green.

Since it orig­i­nates in warmer climes, Calathea will be per­fectly at home in the hu­mid at­mos­phere of a bath­room or kitchen - where it’s likely to ex­pand over time into a sub­stan­tial, bushy ad­di­tion.

SHABBY CHIC

DIS­PENSE with tra­di­tion and opt for ‘guests’ that will bring per­son­al­ity to your rooms. Co­conut shells, cof­fee tins, brass cans – most house­plants aren’t fussy – they’ll thrive equally hap­pily in un­con­ven­tional con­tain­ers.

Based on an an­cient Ja­panese art, Kokedama (which di­rectly trans­lates as ‘moss balls’) are plants rooted in soil, wrapped in moss and bound in thread. Much more than just a house­plant, these are pieces of sculp­tural art, per­fect on a win­dowsill or sus­pended from the ceil­ing.

Dif­fer­ent house­plants have dif­fer­ent needs – Claire Bishop, left ex­plains what they are

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