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My five favourite palms for indoors

I love palms, so I’m sharing the love with my five favourite indoor palms. I’ll share care tips for each palm & links to their plant profiles! For me, palms are the perfect indoor plant. Their feathery foliage, large long leaves or fanned varieties, evoke tropical vibes & ooze luxury. They are relatively easy care, all requiring a very bright room & regular water (when the top 3cm of soil is dry). These beautiful plants really give off those jungle vibes we love styling our home in and come in all sizes suitable for your space. Meet my five favourite palms for indoors. 

Howeia fosteriana - Kentia palm 

move plants to where they will receive the most light

This was my first & is my favourite indoor palm, I repotted it when I bought it and it has grown beautifully filling the corner of my living room. Native to Lorde Howe Island, this palm is grown for its large foliage.

Bright indirect light,

morning sun 

Water when dry,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 1.8-3m 

Spread 1.5-2.4m 

Mist spray for humidity

Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm

I love the fanned leaflets on this broadleaf palm, it’s unique shape adds character to my plant collection. It has bamboo like stems, and finger like leaves in deep green. This palm is native to China and Japan. 

Bright indirect light,

morning sun 

Water when dry,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 2-4m 

Spread 2m 

Mist spray for humidity

Chamaedorea elegans - Parlour palm

The smallest of all my favourite indoor palms, the parlour palm is simply adorable. Its perfect grouped with other plants on a low table or when mature on a stand or side table. Native to Mexico & Guatemala.

Bright filtered light,

morning sun 

Water when barely moist,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 0.45-1.2m 

Spread 45-75cm 

Mist spray for humidity

Chamaedorea Cataractarum or Altroviren - Cascade palm

The very soft and feathery pinnate leaves of this palm will soften a room & exude elegance. Grown for its beautiful dark green foliage this palm is native to southern Mexico and Central America.

Bright indirect light,

morning sun or full shade

Water when dry,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 1-2m 

Spread 1-2m 

Mist spray for humidity

Chamaedorea erumpens - Bamboo palm 


The most recent addition to my collection, the leaflets on this palm are what it’s all about. Clusters of bamboo like canes form the tall stems with dark green pinnate leaves some thick and others feathery thin. Native to Guatemala and Honduras.

Bright filtered light,

morning sun 

Water when barely moist,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 1.5-3m 

Spread 0.75-1.2m 

Mist spray for humidity

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Rachel 

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7 best houseplants for your bedroom

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Are you looking for the best houseplants for your bedroom?  Adding houseplants to your bedroom is a great way to create a calm & relaxing oasis for sleeping in. Plants not only filter toxins from the air, some plants also release oxygen at night giving you a better nights rest. Your bedroom will be your own green sanctuary providing a tranquil place to rest and recharge at the end of your day. I’ll share with you which houseplants are the best for your bedroom and why.  

1. Snake Plant - Sansevieria

Sansevieria

A perfect bedroom plant, Sansevieria is easy to care for and can handle medium and low light positions. All this plant needs is a well drained pot of soil & water every few weeks. This structural & strappy leafed plant releases oxygen at night and filters out some common household toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. You can place your Sansevieria species on a side table or dresser making it a perfect match for the bedroom. 

2. Devil's Ivy - Epipremnum aureum 

Epipremnum aureum

Another exceptional air purifying plant the Devils Ivy is listed on NASA’s top air purifying plants for filtering toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and xylene. Devils Ivy prefers to stay on the dry side requiring water every week or so, less in winter. It will climb or trail, making it great for bedroom hanging planters like these Macrame Plant Hangers.

3. Aloe Vera 

aloe vera

Aloe Vera is another plant that emits oxygen, and it does it all the time. Also a succulent, the aloe vera plant stores water in its leaves and therefore has very low water requirements. Aloe plants can be small, but also reproduces very quickly in the right conditions so soon you may have Aloe plants for all areas of your home. It grows best in direct sunlight so you’ll need a bright window sill for this one. 

4. English Ivy - Hedera helix 

hedera helix english ivy

This gorgeous trailing plant has small dark green leaves that look great trailing down from a shelf, or climbing over a bedhead. Requiring moderate light and regular water English ivy is another awesome air purifying plant. English ivy filters four major toxins from the air: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene. Do note this plant is also toxic if eaten by humans and pets.

5. Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum 

Spathiphyllum

Peace lily is a common houseplant for a few great reasons, it’s beautiful, easy to care for and is one of the best air purifying plants around. Adapting to moderate and low light conditions, the Peace lily does need a bright position in order to flower. Its long deep green leaves shiny and erect, will droop & appear dull when the plant is thirsty. Eliminating all five major toxins from the air including ammonia the peace lily will create an ambient space in your bedroom for a calm sleep. The Peace lily should be kept out of reach of pets and small children. 

6. Corn Plant - Dracena fragrans ‘Massageana’ 

Dracena fragrans

Dracena is one of my favourite houseplants. I love the height and colours of Dracena fragrans, and its air purifying ability made it the perfect choice for our bedroom. The Dracena’s large long leaves sit atop the tree trunk and are some of the most interesting in my collection. A great height for an indoor tree, the Dracena fills the space and warms the corner of the bedroom. The Dracena easily handles low light and has low water requirements. 

7. ZZ plant - Zamioculcas zamiifolia

zz plant

The ZZ plant or Zanzibar gem is one of the easiest care plants around. A perfect beginner plant or plant for the lazy houseplant lover, the ZZ plant stores water in its stem and will go without water for a whole month. Clusters of upright succulent green stems littered with pairs of leaves make this plant perfect for side tables and tall boys. Greenify your bedroom with the best bedroom plant for beginners. 

7 best houseplants for your bedroom

Now you know which houseplants are best for your bedroom you can choose the right one’s for your space! Keep in mind the toxicity of some houseplants if you have pets or children. Don’t forget to regularly dust your leaves to make sure your plant can do its job. Check out my houseplant care tips for more ideas. 

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Top 10 low light houseplants

Want to add houseplants to a space low on natural light? Natural light is essential for houseplants so beware of rooms without windows. Houseplants must have a light source to stay alive whether naturally bright, low light or artificial. Choosing the right houseplants to use in bright light and those darker corners is important for their survival, so read on to find out my top 10 low light houseplants. 

1. Cast iron plant - Aspidistra elatior 

Cast iron plant

With large dark green leaves this plant will survive the gloomiest of spaces. Traditionally surviving the most brutal of environments this houseplant handles it all, from fumes, draughts, smoke & low temperatures. Its glossy leaves shine in optimal conditions, including with low water. An excellent hallway or office plant, aspidistra can also been grown outside in shade.

2. Happy plant - Dracena fragrans massangeana

The Dracena might be slow growing, but it doesn’t require a ton of light to do so. Suitable for bright and low light rooms, this houseplant features stunning long green leaves with creamy yellow stripes down the centre. A floor plant when mature, the happy plant is sure to give anyone a smile as it's super low maintenance and very low water.

3. Devils Ivy - Epipremnum aureum

Devils Ivy

The golden pothos is very versatile, it can hang or climb in bright or low light positions. With large oval shaped leaves, pointing at the tip and a distinctive colour of yellow marbled with bright green. Epipremnum may also be sold as Scindapsus aureus and will climb up a moss covered pole or hang from a planter, but may latch onto nearby walls or objects. Devils ivy will tolerate neglect & low water & is perfect for almost every houseplant owner.  

4. Butterfly plant - Syngonium

Syngonium

A vigorous climber or hanging plant, Syngonium tolerates low light, bright light & shade outside. With beautiful & luscious amounts of arrow shaped leaves, cream veins and light green. The butterfly plant likes to climb a moss covered pole or can hang in a pot.

5. Snake plant -Sansevieria Trifasciata

Sansevieria

A very hardy succulent, Sansevieria species are great for the bedroom, living room and kitchen. With upright sword shaped leaves, mottled green with a yellow band on the outsides the Sansevieria species grows well in full sun and shade. Rated one of nasa’s top air purifying plants, the Sansevieria sucks up carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. This low water houseplant is great for beginners and those who travel. 

6. Lady palm - Rhapis excelsa

Lady Palm

A excellent statement plant for the dimly lit corner of your home, this palm will grow indoors and out, tolerating shade and a sun room. With clumping stems each with five to eight leaves spreading from the tops like a fan, this palm makes an excellent privacy screen or divider between rooms. A popular container plant the Rhapis excelsa needs regular water but allow to dry out between drinks.

7. Chinese evergreen - Aglaonema 

Aglaonema

The massive spear shaped leaves of the chinese evergreen create a spectacular display of green and cream splotches. The colours compliment other house plants foliage. The Aglaonema likes a regular drink but requires good drainage so don’t let this guy sit in water. Still easy to care for, if you forget about the chinese evergreen they will forgive you.

8. ZZ Plant - Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

ZZ plant

A plant you just can’t kill, the ZZ plant needs a drink once a month or two. The Zamioculcas Zamiifolia has thick succulent stems with rubbery dark green leaves. The ultimate of easy care houseplants the ZZ plant is perfect for those forgetful plant lovers. 

9. Fruit salad plant - Monstera Deliciosa 

Monstera Deliciosa

Young heart shaped leaves, splitting upon maturity give this plant a quirky personality. Traditionally a climber the Monstera creates a statement indoors and out in low light and shade positions. Another low water plant, Monstera is a perfect living room companion for the lazy or busy houseplant lover.

10. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea)

Parlor palm

A smaller variety of palm, the parlor palm is an excellent choice of houseplant for low light conditions. An easy care variety of palm, the parlor palm can handle lower temperatures & low humidity spots too. Chamaedorea doesn’t like to be over watered so let it dry out between drinks. 

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Top Houseplant Trends 2018

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P L A N T  S T Y L E | Top Houseplant Trends 2018

Ready to style your home with plants? The Top houseplant trends of 2018 is here! I’m calling it, on urban jungle plant style trends you’ll love. I know it’s been said green isn’t the colour of 2018, but green with plants is never going out of fashion. I’ll also share some of my top tips that you are sure to adore. 

Adding houseplants as part of your home decor is definitely a 2018 trend and it’s not going anywhere. Greenery as living home decor is a simple way to transform any space.

Green is in  

Green is in. In fact, the more the merrier when it comes to styling plants in your home. Think large plants in floor pots, plant shelves and plants in every room of the house. There are many beautiful ways to add plants to your home and the era of the urban jungle is here. You can fill your house with plants, regardless of your space. Not only will you benefit from cleaner air in your space, houseplants are proven to increase one's wellbeing too. Start with one plant if you’re not sure, or if you’ve never had a houseplant before & as your confidence grows, so will your indoor garden. 

Hanging Plants

Ideal for small spaces, or to keep plants away from small children and pets, hanging plants are a sure winner. Macrame plant hangers make it easy to add plants in any small pots to your home decor with a simple hook. Nursery’s and Garden Centres sell plants ready to hang in plastic pots, and there are many other varieties of hanging pots available.

Hang your plants from hooks opposite windows or to fill corners of rooms.

There are plenty of choices for hanging plants indoors, such as ferns, spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum), nodding violets (Streptocarpus rexii), Devil's ivy (Epipremnum aureum) and the Goldfish plant (Carassius auratus). 

Rachel’s Top Tip: Don’t forget to consider where you want to hang the plant when choosing what plant to hang. For example - Ferns love humidity, and indirect light. 

Mirrors 

Want to make it seem like you have more plants than you do? Amplify your space and plants with mirrors. Style over a dresser for multi purpose use or hang it on the wall behind a tall plant. Choose a unique shape such as a round or hexagonal mirror.Tall mirrors work well with a group of taller plants or by a plant shelf. The reflection will create space and the illusion of more plants! 

Baskets 

When styling plants in your home it can become expensive purchasing beautiful pots, another way to compliment your new plant is by placing it in a basket! We suggest using baskets made of natural fibres or in neutral tones. There are tons of options when it comes to baskets for your plants, including wicker, willow, seagrass and rope storage baskets.

Floor Plants 

Now you’ve got a great basket, let’s fill it with a floor plant! Last years trend was the fiddle leaf fig, a stunning large leafed plant with a long thin stem growing to heights up to 2m. This year it’s all about the happy plant (Dracena fragrans 'Massangeana'), it’s a low maintenance and easy care plant that survives in low to medium light conditions. My next choice would be my absolute favourite type of plant, a palm. Have you seen my earrings? I’m obsessed with palms for their stunning leaf structure that looks great in any home. So which palms should you choose? For indoor there are a few varieties that are perfect! For a smaller variety try the parlour palm, or for something with more impact go with a Kentia palm or Rhapis palm.  

Lady Palm

Terracotta Pots 

If you follow any plant account on instagram it’s obvious that plant parents everywhere love terracotta pots. And it’s not just for their style. Obviously they look perfect when lined up on a plant shelf filled with luscious plant babies. A colour that sings in unison with all plant foliage. But did you know that Terracotta pots are actually good for your plants? Terracotta helps plants dry out quicker, saving plants from root rot caused by overwatering. However, this means you need to monitor the water required for plants in terracotta pots due to their porous nature.  

Interesting & Variegated Foliage

It’s not just about straight green leaves for your indoor plants anymore. From variegated & marble, to splashes of ruby and gold, interesting & coloured foliage adorn many of my favourite houseplants. Variegated plants of the same species compliment their greener counterparts. Branch out into deeper colours with a Ficus elastica, or Golden Ivy. Challenge yourself to care for a stunning & stripy Calathea. Simplify your style with a few varieties of Sansevieria.

Classic White Pots & Planters 

Can a trend be a classic? Who cares! Classic white planters & pots are where it’s at. Grouped together, they create a stunning display, emphasizing the green foliage in your plant collection.  White pots with varied textures, structures & sizes will create a harmonious look in any home. White planters are timeless & on trend while effortlessly matching furniture & your homes decor.

Jarariums 

You’ve heard of Terrariums, so have you heard of Jarariums? A fun project to decorate your space with awesome aquatic art. Source yourself a large sized jar with a lid, the cheapest Potting mix with no fertilisers, aquarium gravel, & aquatic plants.  Grab a few tools, some long tweezers or mini tongs and a funnel to add the gravel and water. Start by adding a layer of soil, just a small amount, about 2cm thick is sufficient. Remove each aquatic plant from its pot and remove most of the soil, you may want to trim the roots if they appear to large for your chosen vessel. Use tongs to arrange your plants in the Jar and cover the roots with a small amount of soil. Use the funnel to distribute the gravel in a perfect layer covering the soil completely. Gently fill the jar with water through the funnel so as to limit the gravel being disturbed. Add the lid and place your Jararium creation in its new home!

Upcycled Containers 

Being green goes with loving green and upcycling is a step in the right direction, use old watering cans to plant up garden goodies like this trailing succulent ‘mezoo’. From old laundry tubs to kitchen chairs, there is no limit to the whimsy you can add to your garden with an upcycled planter.

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Suzy’s Sanctuary

Suzy's Sanctuary | Interview with a Houseplant Enthusiast | February 2018 | Our Green Sanctuary Blog |

I met Suzy through a Facebook group called Houseplant Addicts. An amazing and helpful group of houseplant enthusiasts who share pictures, advice & their love for plants. Suzy shared a photo of her amazing indoor garden atrium and I was hooked. I'm a huge fan of indoor plants with almost 50 of my own so I had to know how Suzy had created her indoor oasis. Lucky for me, I got to chat with Suzy about her love for houseplants and the inspiration behind this beautiful sanctuary garden.

This is Suzy’s Sanctuary:  

This photo is dated October 2017. 

I’m sure you would agree, this indoor jungle is a sanctuary we could all enjoy!

Suzy’s Sanctuary started back in 2014 when she purchased this property in Victoria. The atrium already existed, with a few tree ferns, plenty of rocks and the pond. For Suzy, this space was a beautiful blank canvas that she envisaged creating something awesome with.

Your garden looks like such a joy to spend time in, what got you into plants? 

I always liked gardening, learning different plant species and watching them change shape. I have been a collector of plants since I was 6 years old. I like to be creative, and plants were the easiest things to get into.  

I admire nature rather than people. People don’t excite me the way plants do. They are colourful, different, some are edible and some are not.  The good thing about plants is they don’t back chat!! All my plants are my babies (as I call them).  I talk to them and it’s like they seem to smile at me when I see them, they show me they are happy and healthy.

You’ve built a tropical oasis inside your home, what inspired you to create this garden? 

I had this huge space but it was boring to watch and look at, it lacked interest.  The entire space had about 5 ferns and just a lot of stones.  The best part was, the structure was all there with the ponds and walkways.  I bought the house in April 2014 and since I moved in, I  have built this area into what you see today. I have added heaps of ferns and plants that like bright natural light and can withstand colder days as well. I mainly have shade loving plants likes of Dicksonia Antartica which is quite huge now, few different varieties of palms, spider plants around the ponds, lots of different types of ferns, bromeliads, calatheas, stromantheas, aspidistra, peace lily and anthuriums. I love plants with character, I have recently added 15 rhipsalis to my collection.  I got into planting to create a peaceful place to relax and wind down after being away for work.  I really look forward to coming home to my paradise.

How long has it taken to create this amazing space?

It has taken me 3 years (2014 - 2016) to establish all the ground plants, then I added the hanging plants in 2017.  I continue adding bits and pieces all the time depending on what I see and like. As plants overgrow I cut them back, transplant and start it all over again from babies so I can watch them grow again.

It’s a sizeable garden, not to mention indoors and has a large water feature. How long do you spend maintaining it?

This is just one part of my garden! Overall, I have 2 acres, inside and outside, plus a vege garden. This space is at the back of the house - facing south, so no direct sunlight comes through the windows. The entire inner area is 25.7m L x 6.2m wide,  the structured garden area is 13 m (L) x 6.2 m (W).  Then I have pot plants in my entertaining area. Majority of the time is spent watering the plants. Since it’s been finished, apart from watering, not much needs to be done. Weed carpet stops weeds coming through and the ponds do not require that much maintenance, it has a good pump system and keeps itself clean. We spend about an hour a day watering and maintaining the gardens during summer, but in winter it’s less; about half an hour watering them all. 

With so much to absorb and enjoy, where do you find yourself spending the most time?

Around the fish pond listening to the waterfalls.  I also have a chair in the dining room that I look out on the plants and admire their beauty. This space is my meditation space; where I can relax with a glass of wine, some cheese and my plants. 

Finally, what would you say to anyone who wants to get into gardening or house plants?

Firstly, start with one. Try choosing something that you think can look after - what's the easiest plant you know how to grow? I would choose Aspidistra - Cast Iron plant. In my experience this one is super easy to look after. 

I suggest to choose a hardy plant to start with. The Peace Lily is another one - you can't kill this! Starting this way will give you confidence and then you can build up your collection with something else.

Calathea Zebrina

Cast Iron Plant - Aspidistra elatior

Rubber Plant - Ficus elastica variegated

You need to ask a few questions when you start adding plants to your home: 

Where are you going to put this plant? 

Would it survive there? 

Study the plant first where it lives its natural habitat and what’s the habitat like at your house?
Take into account temperature, this is especially important for growing tropical plants out of tropical locations. Indoor plant groups - such as fiddle leaf fig, maidenhair ferns, and calatheas - 15 degrees is the minimum for most of these plant types. Lighting is so important, no direct sunlight is perfect for Maidenhair ferns. 

You need to get the plant rooting where you plant it, for this you need good soil. 

Once established you need to feed the plants food, mulch & compost helps improve soil so that things grow well. 

What pot are you using for pot plants? For Terracotta pots - you need a specialised soil mix called terracotta and tub mix. I use this because it has the elements and ingredients to support growing plants in terracotta pots. 

Thanks so much for your awesome tip's and for sharing how you created your awesome sanctuary garden Suzy! 

I had an absolute pleasure chatting with Suzy, sharing her love for plants and hearing fantastic gardening tips. 

If you’ve created a sanctuary like Suzy’s, share it in the comments below!

Rachel 

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