How to choose, display and care for houseplants to create a botanical garden paradise in your home.
The continuing popularity of houseplants and their inclusion in interior design projects far and wide is music to our eyes and ears. There are many benefits to creating interior environments that make us feel more connected to nature; in the industry we call this biophilic design. In addition to adding tactile textures of wood and stone, leafy plants and greenery are an easy way to bring the life and energy of the outdoors inside.
Feeling close to nature is more important than ever in difficult times, it helps us feel grounded, calm and motivated. So here’s our guide to making your home biophilic bliss...
Rather than dotting things evenly around a room, a cluster of richly diverse plants, displayed at different heights, can make the most impact and an impressive statement. Plants also prefer to be grouped together - believe it or not, they can sense and communicate with each other. Consider using books, side tables, stools and shelves to help build an interesting mix of heights and create your botanical haven.
Caring for, and occasionally rearranging, your collection of plants can be incredibly therapeutic - so while you’re watering, feeding and gently dusting try to be present and enjoy the moment. We humans are multi-sensory beings, and the act of touching leaves (like walking barefoot on the grass) helps to reduce anxiety by creating the direct connection with nature that we all need.
In a study conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society, researchers discovered that talking to your plants really can help them grow faster. So it might seem a little eccentric, but why not treat them to a little tune from time to time? Singing is a great way to lift our spirits too.
Yellowing leaves? If you’re ever in doubt about a plant’s health, our advice is to phone a friend or ask at your local garden centre - people are always delighted to share their horticulture tips and knowledge. It’s amazing how plants bounce back from simply tweaking the position, light or frequency of watering and feeding.
If you find yourself gazing at your well-positioned, thriving plants - noticing the textures of leaves and shapes of shadows - be assured this is not idle or lazy. Time with nature, daydreaming, is time very well spent and indeed essential space for our minds to germinate our best ideas. Ponder away!