Indoor plants are a big part of what’s known as biophilic design, which aims to reinforce our connection with nature by creating sensory spaces filled with organic textures, sunlight, fresh air and greenery.
Indoor plants can help to reduce stress, clean the air and bring a note of calm to our interiors. The home of plant designer Jenna Holmes is one such leafy haven.
Lots of greenery can help to soften the lines between indoors and out, and enhance our connection to nature. For an eclectic look, select several pots, mix up styles and shapes, and think vertically.
In Jenna’s dining area, tall plants in oversized pots grow up to greet hanging baskets with elegantly trailing greenery. Plants used include Boston fern, devil’s ivy, Chinese money plant, string of hearts, Spathiphyllum wallisii peace lily ‘Sensation’, Cactus monstera, fiddle leaf fig, rubber plant ‘Burgundy’, Ctenanthe ‘Grey Star’, Happy Cane Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’, maidenhair fern and black bean plant.
Bring nature indoors with a living mural of trailing plants such as devil’s ivy and Polemonium ‘Touch of Class’. “Wind extra-long fronds around exposed beams or attach to the wall to add a grown-in effect,” says Jenna.
Treat your staircase as an evolving gallery for slender plants – just allow plenty of space for feet to tread and ensure handrails are easily accessible for safety. Varieties to try include maidenhair fern, peace lily, Ctenanthe ‘Grey Star’ and fiddle leaf fig.
“Use stands and different-sized pots to add varying heights and widths – plants look great when positioned on different levels,” says Jenna.
For a suitable backdrop to your plants, fill your home with a gentle palette of soft, earthy tones and other colours inspired by the natural world. For her living room, Jenna has painted a feature wall in Dulux Government Green as a backdrop to a variety of plants.
Use all surfaces for a multilayered plant jungle. “Recognise areas you can add plants other than just on the floor. Wall planters and hanging planters can really open up the floor space and create a different visual effect,” says Jenna.
Follow our step-by-step guide on how to take cuttings from a plant.
Photo Credit: Anna Robinson
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