Lifestyle March 15, 2017

Liven up your indoors

Transform your living space and add a touch of x-factor with some classic easycare houseplants. Housplants are a great way to freshen up a room, make the space seem softer and more inviting. And in many cases, they are even good for your health! Various studies have looked at the benefits of houseplants, which can include filtering the air and increasing your sense of wellbeing.

 

Recently, a whole host of houseplants have become all the rage, but to narrow things down, here are some of our favourites.

 

Fiddle Leaf Fig – Ficus Lyrata

Native to western Africa, the fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata) has recently gone global and become one of the hottest houseplant around. Their large architectural leaves look stunning, and the plant itself is incredibly easy to grow.

 

Sanseveria

Also known as snake plant, or by the somewhat old fashioned name, mother’s-in-law tongue. This succulent requires little help (care or watering) to look amazing.

 

Kentia Palm– Howea Fosteriani

These graceful slow-growing palms have been a popular houseplant since the Victorian era. Native to a small island between Australia and New Zealand, they are now grown the world over. And despite being considered a vulnerable species in their native environment, they make resiliant, attractive, easy care and long-lived houseplants.

 

Zamioculcus Zanzibar – ZZ Plant

This Jurassic, prehistoric looking plant thrives on neglect. More likely to be killed from being cared for, it’ll cope with a wide array of conditions indoors, and add a touch of drama to their surroundings.

 

Senecio – String of Pearls

Showy, elegant creeping succulent. Easy to care for, these plants are so popular that a scramble often takes place when people realise that they are available.

 

Other great easycare houseplants to look out for: bridal veil, zebra plant, lucky bamboo and chain of hearts (ceropegia).

Words: Billy Aiken, Kings Plant Barn

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