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Choosing the perfect houseplant for your home

Published: 30th January, 2019

choosing the perfect houseplantTo be successful with houseplants you cannot think of them as objects, you need to think of them as living beings. And amazing living beings at that. They take basic elements – water, minerals, light – and turn them into amazingly complex compounds and molecules which we as humans depend upon. Their ability to purify the air inside the home is well documented. And they don’t really ask for anything in return apart from the correct location and some water.

But with so many to choose from, which should you select to brighten your abode?

Before choosing any house plant, it is very important to understand its nature and needs if you want it to flourish. You should probably think about where that plant comes from and its natural environment, particularly the level of light it needs. A vital part of any plant’s life is the right level of light.

Our guide below gives you our top picks for shady, low light rooms, medium light and high light, full sun positions. If you have invested in a plant and are not sure which it prefers, then monitor the plant’s progress quite closely. If you see the plant begin to branch out, this is an indication that it needs more light. If you notice stunted growth or burning, then you need to reduce the amount of light.

Low Light Plants

Plants for low light areas will tolerate the shortage of light but they will not grow particularly fast.

Peperomia: Decorative to look at, eye-catching as a solo performer, fabulous in the company of other Peperomias.

Golden Pothos or Devils Ivy: A common and easy houseplant to grow. It makes a great plant for a hanging basket, trailing down from a high shelf or grown up a moss-covered pole.

Nepthytis or Arrowhead plants: make excellent indoor plants. Originally grown as a solid green, Arrowhead plants now have leaves that are almost white, green & white, and various shades of pink or burgundy.

Zamioculcas zamifolia OR ZZ Plant: Still quite rare in the UK Zamioculcas are just beginning to feature in  interior landscapes. An easy and very impressive plant for almost any room.

Medium Light Plants

As you increase the light the level of attention needed by the plants will increase. More light means they’ll need more water, more frequently.

Fittonia or Nerve Plant: evergreen perennials with rooting stems forming mats of opposite, attractively coloured or veined leaves

Begonia: one of the most traditional houseplants which are very tolerant and forgiving. They can be transferred outside for the summer months.

Boston Fern: graceful green, drooping fronds that are naturally to give a ruffled looking effect and therefore it looks really good in a hanging basket or in a place where the fronds can hang down over something. Boston ferns and in fact all ferns ned to be water more. They like their soil to be moist and thrive in humid conditions.

High Light Plants

These plants like bright light and full sun. South facing rooms, windowsills and conservatories are ideal locations.

Yuccas : pretty well known easy house plants, tolerating full sun and thriving on a minimal amount of care.

Sanseviera (snake plants or mother-in-law’s tongue): This must be one of the easiest houseplants to grow being tough and near indestructible, yet it is still stylish, simple and loved by interior designers.

Ficus or Fig Trees: Popular in interior design, they look like a typical tree with a single trunk and a spreading canopy.

Dracaena: Beautiful leaves’ often in variegated stripes, on a sturdy trunk: Dracaena is a statement plant with an exotic look.

Henry Street Garden Centre stocks a huge range of beautiful house plants to help you transform any indoor space. Remember to choose carefully based on the light levels you have available and the level of care you are likely to dedicate. If you need any help in deciding, our helpful staff are always delighted to help you choose one that suits your environment.



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