Choosing plant decor to turn your house into a home.

If you’ve recently purchased a house or are experiencing a need to change your Feng Shui into a modern jungle, your goal should be to turn your concrete environment into a comforting home you can blissfully flourish in. Plants can do just that!

A world filled with indoor plants makes planning easy.

Adding a bit of greenery will make a world of difference to your living space. For instance, if you add an Aloe vera plant to your bedroom, you will not only be decorating your room but will also likely sleep much better, due to their air-purifying abilities. With a few cute décor elements and a lot of plants, your house will soon become a warm, soft and inviting space to live in.

Where do you begin if you feel like you have the opposite of ‘green fingers’?

Tips to get your urban jungle started:

Invite Some Green to your room

The colour green is alive, vibrant, and never goes out of season, especially this year! It’s even better when plants hang from your walls or chill in a nicely lit spot in the living room, or if you have some herbs growing in cute jars on your kitchen windowsill. Lush green plants bring a sense of fresh air into any space!

When you add plants to your home, make it a personal experience! Decide what do you like first, and take it from there. If you visit a nursery such as Plantland in Pretoria, you can have a lengthy and informative conversation about your plant needs with the knowledgeable staff.  

Must have plant collection

Chlorophytum comosum, known as the spider plant, just so happens to be indigenous to South Africa, and makes a great addition to any room. They are easy to care for, so even habitual plant killers will have to try really hard to knock this one off. Loads of indirect sunlight and a good watering a few times a week are all it needs. This plant is especially great if you have kids or pets because it is non-toxic.

Sansevieria, also known as snake plant or in Afrikaans as ‘skoonma se tong’, is an easy-to-take-care-of plant that can take different levels of light, so it can be placed anywhere in the house as long as there is some sun seeping into that room. This plant is amazing mostly because it releases oxygen while removing toxins from the air. Let’s not forget to mention that it is a cool-looking plant.

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) creates a relaxing mood even when you just think of it. Its beautiful leathery leaves, its stunning white flowers and its ability to help reduce dust in a room by 20% are all big points in its favour. And when you water a peace lily, magic happens thanks to something called its high transpiration rate, which helps bring back moisture into the room.

Greening your house one room at a time

Adding nature to your space is immediately grounding and calming, and we hope our tips help you to start your journey towards living in a semi-jungle that you can call home! When you need a little help with which plant fits in what room, read Indoor plants: choosing the best one for every room.

The Gardener