Make life greener!

If your house is feeling a little bare now the Christmas tree has gone and the January blues are creeping in, we have a fantastic solution for you – houseplants!

Studies have shown that houseplants are hugely beneficial to health – they improve concentration and productivity, purify the air and boost mood – as well as adding some calming colour to an indoor space. Read about the key features of these stunning houseplants to find the perfect one for you!

Monstera deliciosa – Swiss cheese plant

  • Also called Swiss cheese plant due to its characteristic holes in its leaves.
  • Prefers a warm, bright room, avoiding direct sunlight on the leaves that can cause them to turn yellow.
  • Allow compost to dry out slightly between watering.
  • Clean its leaves occasionally with a plant leaf wipe. Not only does this help prevent diseases, it also helps show off its impressive foliage.
  • When plant’s reach over 3 feet support with a moss pole or bamboo cane, as they have a tendency to grow upwards.

 

Ficus benjamina – Weeping Fig

  • One of the most popular houseplants in the world, due it making a beautiful corner plant or large indoor tree.
  • Needs good indoor light, with ideally some direct morning light.
  • Heavy feeders so needs regular feeding during the summer.
  • Can be either be kept small by regular pruning or can be left to grow into impressive specimens.
  • Plants can shed their leaves if moved to a new location, or when under stress.

 

 

Dracaena marginata – Madagascar Dragon Tree

  • Adding a contemporary look to any space, Dracaenas are easy to look after and very forgiving.
  • Grows well in medium light conditions and can tolerate a bit of shade.
  • Water only if top inch of soil has become dry.
  • If plants get too large, snip off the top. Although the bare stalks might look odd for a while, the plant will soon produce new shoots along the side of the cut.

 

Succulents

  • Smooth, clean lines, are visually uncluttered and unfussy.
  • Very easy to look after.
  • Aloe Veras like to be dry and warm as they’re native to tropical areas. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

 

 

 

 

 

Spathiphyllum – Peace Lily

  • Originally from the rainforests of South America.
  • Perfect for a light or shady spot.
  • Likes to have wet feet, so give it plenty of water.
  • Will keep producing its white flowers throughout the year, particularly if you remove the old flowers when they turn green.
  • NASA has identified them as one of the best plants for removing impurities and toxins from the air, leaving healthier air for you to breathe.

 

Schefflera – Umbrella plant

  • Easy to grow.
  • Can be left to grow into a tall and elegant plant to fill a corner, or kept clipped short and bushy to live on a table or desk.
  • Asks for very little attention, but will be at its best if you water it once or twice a week, and give it a feed with a houseplant fertilizer once a month.
  • Happy in sun or shade.

 

 

 

Phalaenopsis – Moth Orchid

  • Beautiful butterfly-shaped flowers which last for months
  • Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, often spotty or stripey
  • Likes a bright spot out of direct sun
  • Water by dunking roots in rain or filtered water every week.
  • Happiest if you can mist it regularly, particularly when the central heating is on over Winter.

 

 

Sansevieria – Mother-in-law’s tongue

  • Virtually indestructible.
  • Loves dry heat, so copes really well with central heating and generally being left to its own devices.
  • Striking architectural good looks.
  • One of the best plants for adding oxygen into your home.

 

 

 

 

Ferns

  • Easy to grow.
  • Beautiful lush leaves, with a wide range of textures depending on the type of fern, from the frilly Bostons to the delicate Maidenhairs.
  • Best out of direct sunlight and prefer a damp soil.
  • Mist your fern regularly as they like a humid environment – great for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Great at oxygenating your home.