The Simple Things
DISPLAYING YOUR PLANTS
IN THE LIVING ROOM
A bigger room deserves bigger plants so this is an opportunity to buy a showstopper plant like a big cactus or a rubber plant and let it occupy some space. Alternatively, bring a forgotten corner to life with a cluster of plants of different sizes: grouping plants increases humidity and diminishes watering needs.
Idea: place plants against a dark wall to make the green ‘pop’.
IN THE BATHROOM
If your bathroom has some natural light, humidity-loving plants like orchids, ferns and palms will flourish. You can stand them on trays of damp pebbles to increase humidity.
Idea: trail spider plants or ivy down a window to create a living curtain.
IN THE HOME OFFICE
A few pots of greenery provide a counterbalance to a computer screen and other bits of charmless technology. They will also process VOCs, see right, emitted by technology, and create a calm environment conducive to creativity. The danger is in the watering: make sure plants on your desk sit on a saucer, otherwise your keyboard will be a gonner.
Idea: try a row of the same plant lined up along a windowsill. Succulents and mini cacti look smart.
IN THE KITCHEN
This is the place for pots of herbs, kept in handy reach, ready for snipping. They will need good light, and different herbs have different watering requirements, so watch out for that. ‘Non herbs’ are welcome, too, and will create a link between the home and the garden.
Idea: to keep worktops clear, put plants in hanging or upside-down planters and dangle somewhere you won’t bang your head.