A guide to the best plants for each room in the house
It’s important to keep in mind that light has a significant effect on plants so the notes below are intended to guide only and you should considering the lighting in your own space for the rooms below.
Light The best bathroom plants have low light requirements. Many bathrooms have small or no windows. While low light plants can live on little light, they do need some. With plants for your bathroom, you want plants that thrive in a humid and moist environment. While many succulents need low light, high humidity will kill them and therefore, they would not be happy in a bathroom. Because bathrooms tend to be small, placing plants on the floor is often not an option. Most bathroom plants will do well on a shelf or hanging from the ceiling. If your bathroom has a window, a windowsill is good as well.
While they are not the easiest house plants for beginners to master, the Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum) can be a wonderful addition to a home with their beautiful softly textured foliage. It needs to be kept moist, so it isn’t for the forgetful house plant gardener. But, if you can remember, it can reward you with beautiful greenery for years to come.
Great for: These plants add softness and texture to a traditional or retro room scheme with their delicate-looking foliage.
Light: Place the fern in a brightly lit position clear of draughts.
Water: Keep moist. A great idea to keep your indoor Maidenhair Fern from dehydrating is to plant it in a self-watering pot which allows the plant to take up as much water as it needs. You just need to remember to top up the reservoir.
Tip: Apply diluted liquid fertiliser, such as fish emulsion, regularly. Do not allow to dry out even for a day or two.
Other Examples: Calathea, devils & english ivy, Staph varieties, syngonium, fittonia, ferns, baby’s tears, sansevieria, aloe Vera
- LIVING ROOM
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ask anyone who owns a Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) about their plant and, chances are, they will tell you how much they adore it. Fiddle Leaf Fig mania has taken the interior design world by storm in recent years. Loved for their large glossy, leathery leaves, they make great house plants. They are fantastic as larger specimen plants – in a large container they can easily grow to around two metres tall
Great for: This plant adds a sculptural element and wow factor to a room.
Light: Place near a window that gets bright filtered light, but keep away from harsh direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.
Water: As they hail from a tropical climate, most experts advise keeping this ficus steadily moist and in a warm room where possible.
Tip: Do not allow it to sit in too much water or it can suffer from root rot.
Many of those who bemoan their black thumbs are delighted to find they have success with Devil’s Ivy (Pothos). This trailing lush leafy vine will put up with infrequent watering and neglect. In its native tropical jungle habitat, Devil’s Ivy can grow to 12 metres in length, but in the home a couple of metres is common. They are some of the best plants for purifying indoor air.Great for: Those who don’t have an interest in gardening will like this plant. It adds an inviting, homey touch to a room.
Light: Devil’s Ivy can tolerate low-light areas
Water: Once a week will do nicely.
Tip: Prune for a fuller-looking, robust plant. Keep out of reach of inquisitive babies, dogs and cats, as this plant is toxic.
With its exotic looks, glossy green leaves and ability to tolerate neglect, the ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) has been the pride of many a black thumb. A tropical perennial plant hailing from eastern Africa, it is hard to kill, slow-growing and ideal as an office plant or table centrepiece.
Great for: Homeowners looking for a very low-maintenance plant will like this one.
Light: This plant likes bright, indirect light.
Water: Give it a drink every two weeks.
Tip: Keep out of reach of inquisitive babies, dogs and cats, as this plant is toxic.
Try these fantastic house plants for improved indoor health.
Jasmine: helps promote sleep quality.
Lavender: reduce anxiety and stress.
Rosemary: improve your memory.
Aloe Vera: improve overall air quality.
English Ivy Plant: reduce mold count.
Snake Plant: prevent headaches.
- OUTDOOR AREAS
Here's some options for those outdoor spaces like balconies, decks and patios perfect for plants requiring more light and ventilation.
Lady palm- Finding a privacy solution for a shady balcony is also a difficult task. Fortunately, Rhapis excelsa, commonly called lady palm, is perfect for screening out those unwanted neighbours in shady areas.
Raphis- A slow-growing and can remain in the same pot for many years, making them perfect for shady balconies. They also look stunning planted on their own as a feature in a large pot.
Alocasia- Alocasia ‘Calidora’ is one of my favourite balcony plants. Thrive in both full sun and part shade, moderate the water levels according to the sunlight, they need most soil.Alocasia are fantastic for screening out neighbours and unsightly aspects. Keep the water up and they take off like crazy.
Flowering plants for balconies: marigold, begonias, chrysanthemums, pansy, fushia, hydrangea,
Ferns and palms provide luscious and plentiful green foliage to freshen up your outdoor space. Plus they can grow to a fuller size, which makes them ideal for a larger outdoor area. It’s likely that you’ll have a lot of shaded space on your pergola, which may be hard to adorn with sun-loving plants. Thankfully, ferns and palms adore shady, moist and humid conditions. And that means they often thrive in darker spots.
Succulents, with leaves that act like spongey water storage units, are ideal for your pergola or verandah. They are low maintenance and have a striking, ornamental appearance.
Agave and bromeliads are popular and easy-to-grow succulents that have an interesting appearance and attractive flowers