Spring is when the garden is bursting with life, but why should the outdoors have all the fun? Indoor plants are a great way to brighten up your home and give you the feeling of being out in the garden all the time.
Mother-in-laws Tongue (Sansiveria)
The tall, slender leaves with distinctive yellow fringing adds a sculptural element to your home. A good plant for low light, they tolerate all light levels but avoid direct sun. Water when the soil is dry, making sure any excess is allowed to drain away.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
To really make you feel like the garden is indoors, then this is the plant. Growing up to two metres tall, the large glossy leaves will make you feel like you’re living in a rainforest! Keep away from direct sunlight and also extremes of temperature such as heaters or draughty corridors. Water sparsely and don’t let the plant sit in water. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth occasionally so they keep their gorgeous gloss.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
For a touch of elegance, try the moth orchid. The delicate flowers seem to float on stems set above the large oval-shaped leaves. The flowers last up to three months from bud and come in a wide range of colours. They need lots of bright light, but not direct sun, and should be watered when the soil is dry. Allow water to drain well.
To add a splash of colour, then look at Anthurium. The striking red flowers and broad heart shaped leaves will brighten up any room. Grow in bright light and in a free draining potting mix. Keep moist during summer but water less during the cooler months.
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena)
If you have low light conditions and aren’t one for maintenance then Lucky Bamboo is for you. It’s not actually a type of bamboo at all, but as the stems look very similar, the name has stuck. Although it can be grown in just a vase of water, it does better in a pot. Use a well-drained potting mix and water when the soil is dry to the touch.