Plants are a feel-good force of nature. Whether you live in a country cottage, city apartment, town house or manor, this helpful guide will help you find the perfect plants for your abode.
It might be called urban gardening, but you can entwine the wonders of nature into the styling of every home. With vivid green leaves, blooming buds and fragrant scents, even the smallest of plants can make the space feel a little calmer, a little more peaceful.
Best plants for minimal floor space: Hanging plants
If your urban garden is starting to creep over the floor, introduce some hanging plants to lift your leafy collection to new heights. These trailing plants look effortless, either placed on the end of a shelf or next to a doorway in a hanging basket. They’re a beautiful addition to any interior styling, whether you like neutral tones or vibrant pops, like the colourful Hetty sofa.
Devil’s Ivy is a hanging plant you can rely on. The deep-green leaves are beautifully rich and easy to read too – if they start to turn yellow, they’re asking for a sunnier spot.
String of pearls is an especially popular species at the moment, winning over urban gardeners with its delicate vines and dainty pearls.
Some of our other favourites – and not just because of their names – are Donkey’s Tail, String of Bananas and Hanging cactus.
Best plants for homegrown goodness: Edible plants
There’s nothing more satisfying than snipping some herbs from your flourishing window box and sprinkling them on top of a homemade bowl of pasta or a refreshing salad. The good news is you can easily raise flavoursome pots of herbs indoors, such as Basil, Parsley, Mint, Coriander and Thyme.
Mason jars and recycled tins are the perfect makeshift plant pots if you’re channelling that industrial style.
Don’t just limit yourself to herbs, though. The rich, purple buds of French lavender grow well indoors and can be used as a fragrant addition to recipes or as edible decoration on cakes.
You can turn up the heat with small chilli pepper plants on sunny windows, producing fiery flavours and adding an exotic touch to your urban garden. Nurturing these plants from seeds does take more commitment, but it’s so worth it for the joy of eating home-grown produce.