GREEN FINGERS

A very easy way to freshen up your home is to invest in some plants. Nothing screams spring is here, quite like a few new green shoots brightening the place up! They don’t have to be expensive and it can be nice to add to, and grow your collection, over time (please excuse the pun).

1\  Succulents and cacti are a cheap and easy way to bring a little life into your home. There are so many different varieties, I am obsessed with them. They are great for anyone who feels that they always kill off plants, as they need very minimal watering!

You can easily find cool mini plant pots online, or in trendy homeware shops. Alternatively you can use something you might already have lying around the house, such as an old jar, a tin can or that favorite mug that is chipped, but you don’t want to throw it away. Read the tutorial from Home Edit to get recycling that tin of baked beans you had for breakfast!

     

 

2\  Terrariums are another option for displaying succulents, which can be made or bought pre-constructed. These are mini gardens constructed under glass. They are really cute and should be fairly easy to maintain. For those in the London area, you could attend a workshop by London Terrariums to construct your own masterpiece. They make great gifts too!

3\ Medium sized plants can be great to place anywhere in the home you want livening up. You could put a few together to create a feature. If you don’t have any free surface space plant stands can look really cool tucked into a corner, this will elevate a smaller pot plant off the floor, to give it some impact. Ikea sell a range of modern plant holders that look chic, trendy and are also inexpensive.

4\ Larger sized plants – you can invest in a larger pot plant from any good garden center or such like. Ikea often has a good range of indoor plants. You always want to make sure that what you are buying is suitable for the area of the house you have in mind. If you do shop in a smaller local independent shop, they should be able to give you advice depending on your requirements – such as will it be in a cooler or warmer room, and will it be exposed to sunlight or shade. Alternatively you might have space on a window sill, in which case you could opt for outdoor plants or herbs.

                

A larger plant could be used as the focal point for the room so make sure you pick something with the correct height (or one that will be OK in the space if it grows much larger). Some relatively easy-to-keep plant types to consider, shown below, click on each one to see the names.

4\ Planter options….. here you can go wild! Just ensure you have something in the base to collect excess water, if you go for something that is porous, such as a basket. Some good high street places to look for these options are: La Redoute, H&M Homeware, Ikea, Tiger (in store only), Zara Home 

5\ Kitchen herbs – not only will these look great, but you can also use them in your cooking! For a cheap, easy and fun way to store your herbs this tutorial shows how to use mason jars as planters. If you live in a flat with a small kitchen then a windowsill might be a better option. Alternatively you could opt for fragrant plants such lavender which look great and smell even better!

So now you can fill your home with some plant life, and don’t worry if you manage to kill a few off. The more plants you have the more likely you are to remember to water them. Before long you will be living in a jungle like me, with a fern in the bathroom, palm in the living room, basil in the kitchen and a cactus….. safely out of harms way on a bedroom shelf!