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Indoor Greenery

2018 lifestyle trends have seen the inside go out and the outside come in. Today we will be tackling the latter. Indoor greenery is becoming all the more popular, with people turning their houses into living jungles with a realm of houseplants, from the ordinary to the exotic.

Before you jump onto pinterest to check out some aesthetic inspo, read on to discover the real benefits of placing plants within your home, and the different plant types you can watch flourish without even stepping outside.

Benefits

Indoor Greenery - Benefits

As you probably know, plants reap way more benefits than just looking pretty. Being in and around nature can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. People surrounded by plants are also believed to be more productive and creative.

Plants such as the spider plant and aloe vera are even proven to clean the air: especially beneficial for people living in small apartments, or built up areas, where air pollution is already worse than average.

Types of Indoor Greenery

Low Maintenance Plants

Indoor Greenery - Aloe Vera

We’ll start with the easy ones. If you’re already a busy bee and don’t have time to tend to indoor plants day and night, plants such as parlor palm, dragon tree, snake plant or aloe would be great. All are easy to grow, require a low amount of sunlight, and limited watering. They are near impossible to kill and should survive well with little attention. 

Cacti

Indoor Greenery - Cacti

Ah, cacti. The plant is viewed by many as indestructible, and everyone wants to touch, regardless of their grizzly appearance. Unfortunately, they are not immortal when given too little care. You should be able to keep them alive and well by not over-watering, ensuring very good drainage and investing in specialist cactus compost.

Indoor Greenery - Flowering Cactus

Interestingly, all cactus plants flower, some producing impressive colourful displays. To encourage flowering you should allow the cactus to follow its natural growth cycle. An older cactus will not flower, because it has learnt not to. Place cacti away from sunlight during winter and cease watering – almost putting the plant into hibernation – then bring out in springtime to watch bloom and colour.

Succulents

Indoor Greenery - Cacti

Succulents seem to be everywhere at the moment. Like cacti, they are deemed to be an easy, hardwearing plant. But be warned, they are tricky (but not impossible) thing to grow indoors.

It is best to go for varieties of succulent that are green in colour, as they don’t require as much sunlight as their colourful counterparts. Haworthia and Gasteria are varieties that match this specification well. If succulents tickle your fancy as your next indoor greenery venture, be sure to check out our full post on growing succulents indoors.

Palm Plants

Indoor Greenery - Palm Plants

Palm plants are on the pricey side of house plants, but their grandeur can really spruce up the look of your living room or office space.

The parlor palm is the most well known palm to be grown indoors. Note that they are slow growers. You need a bit of patience, but given a few years they can grow 3ft or more in height. They are relatively easy to grow and take care of. Parlor palms do not require massive of amounts of light and are happy to be placed in a shaded room. Be careful not to over-water, as this will kill your palm off. instead feed it small amounts of water when the soil feels dry.

With the benefits that come with having plants in your home, along with the rewardness of seeing something grow in front of your eyes, what are you waiting for? This is definitely a trend we’ll be jumping onto!

Megan at PrimroseMegan works in the Primrose marketing team. When she is not at her desk you will find her half way up a hill in the Chilterns
or enjoying the latest thriller series on Netflix. Megan also enjoys cooking vegetarian feasts with veggies from her auntie’s vegetable garden.

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5 Accessories to Turn Your Garden into a Stunning Alfresco Dining Room

Throwing a party is always fun – but especially when it is a garden party.  With your garden, there are many things you can do to transform it into a beautiful party location. Just a few special items and thought-out finishing touches will turn your garden into something so magical that your guests will not want to leave.  After reading about these wonderful accessories and the atmosphere they could create for you, your parties will never be the same again.

1. Low Voltage LED Light Net

Drape these sweet little lights over your hedges, trees or shrubs to create a magical and romantic effect, just like those created in the movies.  If your garden doesn’t have  greenery at hand, then hang them from your walls or fences, creating a relaxing atmosphere and calming ambience for your guests.

These lights are low voltage, so they will not be too bright and glaring, leading to soft lighting that will set the mood rather than blind anyone!  White lights would be the perfect colour choice, because it is versatile and soothing, which is what you want for a relaxed garden party.

2. Mosaic Fire Pit

A mosaic fire pit is both practical and picturesque.  This is a unique accessory that will make the atmosphere of your garden party absolutely amazing.  You can use it as a table, which would show off the beautiful mosaic pattern, or you could use it as a fire pit, which would keep your guests warm and produce a shimmering fire.  The fire pit also has a removable grill, which can be used as a barbecue.

3. Indian Garden Parasol

An Indian garden parasol is the perfect centrepiece for a garden party.  The gorgeous details, combined with the beautiful colours, will make your garden look all the more special, while providing shade for your guests.

4. Good Quality Tablecloth

Buying a good quality tablecloth will help to make your garden party look beautiful.  A good quality tablecloth improves the overall presentation, as it looks fresh, crisp and slick on top of the tables, displaying the food and drink. A colourful, enticing tablecloth can make your delicious buffet spread look even tastier!

Why not try a natural white table cloth? Or bright vibrant colours and patterns? Once you’ve got your theme, you can create a look which will captivate your guests and make your party a night to remember.

5. Vintage Style Glassware

Your party wouldn’t be complete without the necessary accessories to serve food and drink to your guests.  Displays, glassware and serving utensils are the finishing touches that pull everything together, so consider using special items that are beautiful .

If you  prefer products that are unique and colourful, yet with a classic twist, then how about vintage style glassware?  A small number of vintage style goblets, dessert bowls and cake plates would be eye-catching additions to brighten up your tables.

These are just a small number of the accessories you could use to transform your garden into a stunning party location, with a magical atmosphere for all your guests to enjoy.  Are there any accessories you would recommend? Share your thoughts below.

 

Shaniqua is a lifestyle blogger from London, who likes to write plays in her spare time.  She enjoys planning and hosting parties and recommends Wipe Easy Tablecloths.