Garden as though you will live forever.- William Kent
Houseplants are cool again. They’re popping up everywhere in design from your hipster niece’s loft apartment to the window sill of your local coffee house. And it’s cool to be a plant lady. Who would have ever thought?! I grew up watching my mom garden and care for her many topiaries, African violets, ferns and orchids. Some days, after school, we’d go plant shopping and I’d tag along with her to Frank’s Nursery or our local greenhouse. The air was always damp and the earthy smell of fertilizer hung in the air. I didn’t realize it at the time but I eventually grew up to love both gardening and houseplants. What can I say, I am my mother’s daughter.
My mom and I are so happy to see the resurgence of plants in interior design. They add so much life to a room and every space needs a touch of green. I actually think that no space is complete without something living-even if it’s just some potted succulents. Some of our other favorites include the oh so popular Fiddle Leaf Fig, the Benjamina Ficus and the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. I’ve rounded them all up below along with some helpful growing tips.
The best part about all of these plants is that they’re affordable and incredibly easy to grow. We’ve had our Fiddle Leaf Fig for over two years and it’s still going strong. It only gets watered every two weeks and seems to thrive on a bit of neglect! A Fiddle Leaf looks so chic in an interior and it’s large scale adds a sense of drama. We love them in a blue and white pot too.
The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is another favorite. It’s patterned leaves and height make it an ideal choice for a coffee table or even a bathroom counter. Plus, it can thrive in very low light.
The rubber tree was popular during the 50′s and 60′s and is making a comeback. It’s easy to grow and makes a great corner plant in an office or bedroom. Both Lowe’s and Home Depot have a great selection.
To wrap things up, our final favorite is the Benjamina Ficus Tree. It’s always a classic and has been used by all the great decorators from Sister Parish to Billy Baldwin. I love the idea of a pair flanking an entrance if you have the light. They’re also great in a dining room or family room.
I hope this post has given you some ideas about how to incorporate houseplants into your rooms. Here’s to getting through winter with some indoor greenery!
Photos via Pinterest.