Mosman Uncovered: The Coolest Indoor Plants of 2017
INDOOR PLANTS ARE A MUST WHEN IT COMES TO INTERIOR DECORATING, ADDING COLOUR AND BRINGING SCULPTURAL BEAUTY TO OUR LIVING SPACES. GARDENING EXPERT SCOTT DOOLEY HAS ROUNDED UP HIS FAVOURITE HOUSE PLANTS THAT PROMISE TO THRIVE INSIDE YOUR HOME - EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT A GREEN THUMB!
As a Horticulturalist for more than 20 years, I’m happy to admit that I have a real thing for plants. I reckon there’s just something about them that keeps you in touch with nature and the planet. They also make you feel bloody good, with so many fantastic benefits for you and your family!
Indoor plants help clean the air, they absorb pollutants and they brighten up even the smallest of spaces without breaking the bank.
Here are the most popular indoor beauties you’ll find in local homes this year:
I still remember the spider plant from when I was a kid in the 1970’s!
When it grows outdoors it’s a bit like a weed to be honest, because it sprouts with little care. This makes it perfect for indoors and the Spider plant looks awesome in a hanging pot - or even just on a shelf. An added benefit is that it removes harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and xylene, which improves your air quality.
These are one of my favourites, with their nice glossy green leaves and upright flowers. The peace lily can handle a position in the bathroom but don’t put it in direct light as they burn easily. It’s important to note that these plants do produce pollen, so they might upset people with hay fever or asthma. A great all-rounder and very popular in local homes.
Who doesn't love their mother-in-law?!
This is a plant that you can put in the pot upside-down and it’s one the hardiest plants you’ll find anywhere. It’s been a long time between drinks, but Mother-in-Laws tongue is back in fashion baby and the interior designers and architects love it. Put it in a sunny position and water it occasionally. It’s a cracker.
This has to be my all-time best indoor plant. It’s so much better for the environment when you buy an orchid like this because it will give you flowers for two or three months. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! Compare that to buying a bunch of flowers up the road that costs you heaps and they only last a week – if you’re lucky!
You can put these plants almost anywhere, with some filtered light and occasional watering. The best tip is to fill the kitchen sink, let the pot soak for an hour, then drain and put it back into position. The orchid actually encourages deep breathing so put one on the bedroom and it might help you sleep better!
Now this is a plant that everyone has seen at one time or another. It's a spiky, cactusy, harmful looking thing that is actually soft and gooey inside (a bit like me!).
Aloe is a great plant when placed in a sunny position and it requires only occasionally watering. They look great on the kitchen window sill. Aloe provides air purification of nasties like benzene and formaldehyde, but as with all things in life, it's what's on the inside that counts!
The liquid inside the Aloe plant is best descibed as liquid gold and it can be used to treat sunburn, skin conditions, abrasions and burns. Pro tip: Don't eat it as it has a laxative effect (and we don't want that now, do we?!)
This is an oldie but a goodie that brings back fond memories of our Mums and Nannas!
Chrysanthemums are a traditional gift for Mother's Day, but they're also handy for blokes to bring home if they find themselves in the dog house, because the flowers evoke those warm, fuzzy feelings of long ago!
They're a great little burst of colour easily coordinated with your décor - bringing happiness indoors because they flower for up to two months! Chrysanthemums do best in a full sun position, but make sure you buy a variety that's suited to the indoors.
Some other indoor plants that are popular this year are:
Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis)
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)