The return of the house plant
For a good many years, indoor plants in modern homes were downright frowned upon, but now they’re making a comeback. Whether it’s a yucca or a cactus, strawberries or chilli peppers, our homes are getting greener again, and with a positive impact on the indoor climate. As well as increasing the humidity, house plants cleanse the air of pollutants. But to avoid that old-fashioned look, the plants need to be presented in a stylish way.
To help you show off your house plants to their best advantage, designers have given free rein to their creativity and come up with innovative and unusual ideas for pots and holders. Dreary cachepots are a thing of the past. Today, containers with an unusual shape or design are often decorative elements in their own right, sometimes eclipsing the plants they house. Even tired-looking house plants are given a fresh and trendy appearance. Gardens hanging from the ceiling, miniature greenhouses, living green walls – creativity practically knows no bounds.
With a little dexterity, eye-catching design features can be fashioned out of everyday objects. Try using old pieces of crockery as cachepots for your plants. You’ll be amazed how a few green leaves can turn your grandmother’s old teacups into strikingly decorative features. And a mass of cress leaves can look great peeking out of that ancient, chipped gravy boat. Pickling jars, milk bottles or bulbous glass vases are also eminently suitable as containers for plants. Or fill them with water to turn them into miniature aquariums for aquatic plants.
Easy gardening: as little work as possible
As far as house plants are concerned, there’s definitely a trend towards low maintenance. Gardening’s a great thing to do, but only as long as there’s little work involved. So it’s no surprise that automatic watering systems are extremely popular. Undemanding plants like succulents and cacti are also in vogue: they require little water and prefer sandy soil. Plant these in a special cactus substrate. You don’t need green fingers to make these plants thrive – all you need is a south-facing window. For this modest effort on your part, succulents and cacti will reward you with an attractive variety of green shades and leaf shapes. And anyone who has seen a cactus bloom will want to make it a permanent feature in their home. Because succulents and cacti require only small quantities of soil, they are ideal candidates for experimenting with unusual types of containers.
Equally easy to take care of, mini plants are also currently in demand, and part of the easy gardening trend. Succulents are a frequent choice for this miniature plant format as well, with small orchids also gaining in popularity. But not all plants are suitable for the bonsai version in a mini container. Mini garden experiments work best with plants that don’t need much water. That’s because the less soil the container has, the more often it needs to be watered.
Urban gardening: eating what you grow
Urban gardening has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Be it strawberries, radishes or tomatoes, people have started growing all manner of edible plants on their balconies. Some go even further and have plots of herbs and vegetables in their living rooms, not only for culinary, but also for decorative reasons. If you leave herbs and vegetables to grow instead of harvesting them, they will flower into surprisingly beautiful blooms. Why not try this out by giving your radishes, onions, garlic and chives a little more time to reveal their decorative potential. But remember that cultivated plants of this kind will need a lot of sunlight to produce satisfactory results. This type of indoor plant is particularly suitable for people with small children. The youngsters can nibble away to their hearts‘ content – no poisons in sight!