The bigger our cities get, the more difficult it can become to stay in touch with nature. But you donâ€™t have to have a national park on your doorstep as thereâ€™s something magical about filling a room with greenery; and weâ€™re not just talking about their capacity to purify the air. Just find an area in your home with a smattering of natural light and let your imagination (and the greenery) go wild with some simple ideas.
And you donâ€™t need much space. Construct a cool, contemporary wall in an instant using cheap and cheerful pegboard. Leave your living installation on show in a hallway, bathroom orÂ living room, or give yourself something green and tranquil to look at while sitting at your desk inÂ your home office. Air plants are especially suited to this kind of display.
You can also decorate with an array of pots and objects that you make yourself. Wrap hardcover books in coloured paper and place these on racks to create shelves for displaying small vessels filled with plants, pebbles and other organic ephemera. Conjure up the charming atmosphere of a Victorian botanistâ€™s study by displaying greenery in an antique cabinet, vintage shop fitting or other quirky storage unit. For maximum whimsy and nostalgic appeal, apothecary bottles and glass lab beakers make ideal containers. Scour markets for old gardening accessories to include in your collection.
Decorative foliage is often better Â suited and more adaptable to indoor environments than flowers. Select plants with various shapes, textures, colours and patterns for graphic effect. Group plants the way you would other objects and display them in a living vignette on a tabletop orÂ shelf. Some suggestions:
â€˘ Climbing: Philodendron scandens
â€˘ Hanging: vanda or cattleya orchids
â€˘Â Table: staghorn fern, African violet, scandens stem
â€˘ Leafy: Blechnum nudum (fishbone fern), Monstera deliciosa
â€˘ All plants have general needs but itâ€™s worth checking requirements for the optimal conditions for different species.
â€˘ Ask your local nursery for a nutrient feed thatâ€™ll keep plants healthy.
â€˘ Ensure all pots have proper drainage. A lump of charcoal will keep water sweet and plants happy.
â€˘ Potted plants benefit from a mix ofÂ indoor and outdoor living. Allow plantsÂ that look like theyâ€™re past their prime to recover outdoors before moving them back inside.