5 Ways To Style Your Home With Houseplants

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Cacti
Cacti compliment interiors with heavy, chunky furniture and are ideal for the home office. They bring a modern look and make a statement, but can also add a sense of fun to the home. With so many different types to choose from, the whole family can pick a plant that reflects their personality – different colours and shapes work well together. They’ll look good grown separately in co-ordinating pots, but for bigger impact and easy care, try planting several plants in one container. While not ideal for rooms where children play, thanks to their spines, they’ll offer reliable year-round interest and will live for decades.

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How to care for your cactus

  • Features: Succulent plants covered in spines that flower when conditions are perfect. Flowers can be anything from white, pink, yellow and red – however, it can take years for cacti to flower so don’t rely on them. Most cacti are bought as small plants up to about 10cm in height and are slow growers, but some will reach ceiling height after many, many years.
  • Where to place it: Most cacti require a sunny spot but there are types that originate from the jungle, rather than the desert, such as the Christmas cacti, and these prefer less sunlight. Desert cacti enjoy a south-facing windowsill or bright room – you can’t give them too much sun.
  • Care: Plant in a gritty, well-drained compost and avoid over-watering. They will tolerate being left while you’re on holiday – an easy-care plant. Wear leather gloves when handling. 

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Anthurium (flamingo flower)
The large leaves and distinctive waxy bracts create a focal point in a room and add a tropical touch. Their height can be used to great effect as a room divider as shown here, where they’re set alongside Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Mont Blanc’ and Peperomia ‘Schumi Red’.

Anthuriums also add height to a coffee table and where they can be displayed as a specimen or as part of a mixed bowl of houseplants. Reliable plants, they flower nearly all year round and come in a range of flowering colours from white to red and pink or green, so will work with most interior schemes. For a modern home with a white or pastel interior, the white flowering types are perfect.

How to care for your Anthurium

  • Features: Grows up to 40cm in height and forms a neatly shaped plant. Its large plain green leaves offer a healthy glow. The flower spike is surrounded by a colourful, waxy bract that will last for weeks.
  • Where to place it: Requires a position of bright light such as a south-facing room. Avoid placing plants on windowsills in direct sunlight, as strong afternoon sun will damage the foliage. Keep away from direct heat such as open fires. The ideal room temperature is between 16-24°C.
  • Care: Allow plants to almost dry out before watering. As they’re a tropical plant, spray the leaves daily with water. Repot plants in spring and feed with a house plant feed.

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Nephrolepsis (Boston fern)
Here, the subtle container shows off the fresh and vibrant foliage plant at its best. Placing it in the middle of a room also works well because there’s plenty of space around the plant and it can be enjoyed from all angles, rather then being placed against a wall or in a corner. Its large fronds need to hang down for the plant to be seen at its best. A plant that will work equally well in a traditional or modern setting, it’s also ideal for planting in a hanging container.

How to care for your Nephrolepsis

  • Features: Large fronds that can reach up to 40cm in length. This is the easiest of all the ferns to grow.
  • Where to place it: A large bathroom with a window is ideal, as it offers higher humidity levels. Plants should be kept out of direct light, so avoid well-lit conservatories. The ideal room temperature is between 16-24°C.
  • Care: Keep the compost moist but not wet. Rotate the plant regularly to avoid damage from bright sunlight. Mist with water on occasion and feed with a slow release feed to encourage healthy growth.

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Orchid
The beauty of orchids is that you can take your pick of the many flowering colours and either use them to match your accessories, or add a splash of contrasting colour. Their elegant shape adds a touch of class to a room and as they thrive in such small containers, you can use them to add a dash of colour in the smallest of spaces.

How to care for your orchid

  • Features: There are many different types of orchids. The majority reach a height of about 70cm, and many flower all year round. In the wild they grow in trees or on rocks so they require very small pots.
  • Where to place it: Different types of orchids require different room temperatures so read the label. Orchids prefer filtered sunlight and should be kept away from direct sunlight. Ideal for every room of the house if positioned away from direct heat sources.
  • Care: Plant in an orchid compost and apply orchid feed. Never try to bury the aerial roots in the pot. They require a room with high humidity or need to be misted. Leave the pot to drain after watering as too much water will cause roots to rot. Remove flower stems after flowering.

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Spathiphyllum (peace lily)
The dark green lance-shaped foliage and elegant pure white bracts and flowers are very effective in a minimalist, or at least uncluttered, setting. It makes a statement in a hallway and is tall enough to be placed on the floor, where it will look best on tiles or a wood floor – or on a coffee table. It’s size means that it will hold its own in an open-plan setting. It’s worth knowing that this is one of the easiest and most reliable house plants and a fantastic oxygenator for your home.

How to care for your Spathiphyllum

  • Features: Dark green foliage with stems of white bracts and flowers. Flowers will appear if the plants receive the right amount of light in early summer. A mature plant will reach approximately 50cm in height.
  • Where to place in the home: The peace lily requires a good amount of light but not direct sunlight. Avoid placing on a windowsill. The ideal room temperature is between 16-24°C.
  • Care: Cut off any yellowing foliage and removed faded flower stems. Keep plants moist but not wet in summer. Turn the pot regularly to ensure even growth. Mist leaves and feed plants with a house plant feed. Foliage can be cleaned if dusty with a soft cloth. If leaves turn brown, try a shadier spot.

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