We've pulled together three approaches to creating an indoor garden for your house, so that you can experience all the benefits of plant design in your home. All you have to do is pick which is right for you.
Cluster your best plants
The impact of four plants grouped together is much greater than when they’re spaced out around the room. If you don’t believe us, watch your friends’ reactions when they come round to visit. See how your plants work together and contrast with one another. What do you like? What suits the room? Play with heights, and use a few different statement pots. Plant design in clusters can create surprising and enjoyable effects, giving your home instant aesthetic appeal.
Pot and plant colour palette
Houseplants come in a whole rainbow of colours spectrum of colours. Exciting, unusual combinations create an eye-catching feature in your home. Look to incorporate Dracaena Bicolor, polkadot Begonia or the multicoloured Aechmea ‘Blue Rain’ into your design scheme, for an effect that will really stand out.
Extend your personal style to the choice of pot. Colour-matching muted ceramics to your plants or sourcing gilt Baroque containers, elevates your houseplant arrangement into a true plant design installation. Tip: if you’re looking for a matching pot, bring a photo of your plant with you when you hit the shops.
Form and function together
Another way to create a design feature out of your plants is to play with shape. A trio that work well together are Peperomia 'Happy Bean', Alocasia amazonica 'Polly' and Alocasia Lauterbachiana. Tiny succulents also create unusual feature plants. Cluster a Crassula marnieriana with a Pleiopilos 'Royal Flush' and Chlorophytum 'Bonnie' to create a display that feels almost alien.
Your plant design can also be about functionality. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, design should serve a purpose, after all. You could therefore build an indoor garden according to the plants’ functions, such as building a green zone with air-purifying plants. Or, create a relaxed area with round, soft shapes and soothing colours, good for the bathroom or your bedroom. In the study, use plants that stimulate your brain such as cacti and aloe.
After an eye-catching addition to your paradise jungle interior? There are many varieties of houseplant with beautiful shapes that deserve their reputation of natural works of art. Place them in a prominent place in your house and watch how their presence single-handedly transforms the space. After inspiration? These plants are wonderful examples of nature's beautiful design work.
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