Picking the Right Plants for You and Your Home

There's a lot to consider when adding plants to your home, these tips will make it an easy process!


  • You can decorate anything with indoor plants, including your stack of firewood!
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  • Accessorize any object in your home with the gift of a plant!
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  • Mix and match with any variation that pleases you!
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  • Paint a wall in a bright colour or use a jazzy wallpaper and place a structural plant in front. Instant gratification.
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  • Windowsills and table tops are great places to add different plants of all sizes. Choose a combination of textures and colors for maximum impact.
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  • Brighten your windows with a macrame plant hanger. They are easy to make and are the perfect accessory to dress your home.
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In Living With Plants (Hardie Grant Books, 2017), botanical-stylist and plant expert Sophie Lee shows you simple but inspired ways to green-up your home or work-space. Starting with the basics, learn how to pick the right plant for you and your home (and specifically what room), what levels of sunlight your plant needs and the best space for your plants to thrive. 

So you have decided to make the commitment to embark on the indoor plant wagon. First of all, stand back and look at each of your rooms. Then answer the following questions: How much space do you have? Do you want to go for a jungle style or something more minimal? What are the light levels like? Do you have hanging space, room on a cabinet for a few pots, or a whole bookcase that needs jazzing up with plants?

It is important to think about what size plants will best suit your space – will several small potted plants fit better or just one large statement plant?

Big plants need enough room to encourage their sculptural quality and architectural form, so there is no point dwarfing them in a small space.



Large plants look great in contemporary, open-plan areas with clean lines and minimalist décor. However, if your home is more crowded and bursting with personality I would recommend investing in some smaller plants to add character.

If you are totally new to keeping plants, it is a good idea to start with a few small and medium-sized pots containing hardy, low-maintenance plants. You will soon experience that joyous moment when a new leaf comes through on your plant.



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