The sun is shining, Chelsea Flower Show is on the TV and you've got garden envy! Not all of us are lucky enough to have a garden, millions of people live in flats in the U.K. without any outdoor space, or restricted balcony space only. On summer days we long to bring the outside in and reconnect with nature in some way.
Creating an indoor garden is easier than it sounds and the health benefits can be tremendous! Here are some inspiring examples of how you can bring the outside indoors, even in the smallest of spaces. Get creative and group pot plants together, on the wall, from the ceiling or in unusual containers for a beautiful display that will feel like a mini garden.
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Power of Plants
We all know that we breath in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide, but did you know that plants are our perfect indoor companions as they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, creating higher levels of oxygen in the air for us to breath. They also purify the air for us; according to a NASA study plants remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds commonly found in our homes every 24hrs. These are chemicals released from household objects like rugs, vinyl, paper, man-made fibers and paint.
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Researchers have also found that by adding plants to hospital rooms it speeds up recovery times, with patients experiencing less anxiety and fatigue and reducing blood pressure levels. They also release water into the atmosphere creating higher humidity levels thereby assisting people who suffer from breathing difficulties such as asthma and reducing dry skin, dry coughs, sore throats and colds!
And we haven't even touched on the psychological benefits of having beautiful, natural plants in your home, or the fact that you can eat many of them too! So if that isn't enough evidence to persuade you to bring the power of plants into your home, I don't know what is!
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So where to begin?
Start with easy maintenance plants to get you used to keeping them alive! Here are our top 3 ...
1. Spider Plant ~ Easy to grow, prefers indirect sunlight and is great as a hanging plant. Needs water a couple of times a weeks and if the tips start to go brown you know the soil is too dry.
2. Aloe Vera ~ The Aloe is in greater danger of being over-watered than underwatered! So water once every couple of weeks, a bit more in Summer. Likes light but not harsh sunshine.
3. Peace Lily - This beautiful plant lets you know when it's thirsty as the leaves begins to droop. Keep in a warm room and water little and often to keep soil moist and it'll reward you with beautiful white lilies in Sping and again in Autumn. It's also in NASA's top 10 air cleaning plants!
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If you've got green fingers, or simply can remember to water and feed them regularly, then the choice is endless and here are some beauties to inspire you.
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Perfect pot holders
Part of the joy of having indoor plants is the beautiful pot holders you can use. Choose from our range and think outside the box, using something that isn't your usual plant-pot to create a unique interior statement.
Embrace the trend for hanging plants with a retro 70s macrame hanging basket, or try your hand at the Japanese art of Kokedama to create beautiful hanging moss balls. We have a gorgeous set of 3 Kokedama available in store.
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Have fun with it and enjoy the beauty of bringing a little slice of Mother Nature into your home for the benefit of your whole family.