By: Heather Rhoades
Plants can withstand warmer or colder climates and more or less water than they need for short periods of time. If you expect them to thrive, however, you need to be sure to place them where they need to be in order to obtain the climate, water and nutrients required to survive. The location you put them in should be as close as possible to their natural habitat.
In most cases, the living room is where you spend the greatest amount of your time. This is the room, therefore, that you would choose to decorate with plants. Light, temperature and humidity play major roles in the lives of your plants. You should first determine the quality of light in every location where you might put the plants. You probably should not rely solely on your eyes either for this. You might feel there is enough light because you can read, when in reality it might not be enough light for your plants.
You need to also remember that light quality is not always constant. At one time, with the sun, the room has bright light. At night, when you have the lights on, you might believe it’s the same light, but it’s not as bright as sunlight. Further, summertime in one room is not the same king of light as winter sunlight.
Temperature is just as important. If you give a plant the correct lighting, generally they are also getting the necessary temperature. The problem with temperature is that in unheated rooms in the winter the temperature can drop too much for your plants.
Kitchens are often overlooked as a proper place to put plants. But constant temperature and higher humidity often cause plants placed here to simply thrive. You can put herbs on the windowsill and blossoming summer plants and hanging planters can be placed around to simply decorate the kitchen. In a bathroom with good natural light, ferns do especially well.
A light, cool bedroom that is heated in the winter is ideal for plants that need cooler temperatures in the winter. Some plants that would do well here are:
Dust-free halls and stairwells are perfect for those larger plants that can no longer fit on a windowsill. These places are also great for winter quarters for tub plants and those that require a rest period at a lower temperature. If you live in an apartment building, you could always ask a landlord if you can put your plants out in the hallway for the winter.
There are some plants that literally enjoy being placed in a corner. They originate from cool mountain forests of tropical and subtropical regions. You can give them a little light here and there. Plants that like this include:
Plants from the higher mountain regions with warmer climates thrive in light hallways and stairwells or on glassed-in balconies. These plants don’t mind direct sun once in a while and appreciate a period on the balcony or patio outdoors. Examples include:
So, figure out where to place your plants, what type of environment you can create for them, and go for it. There’s nothing more enjoyable that a beautiful display of plants that you have reared yourself.
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As well as being beautiful and decorative, houseplants have a number of benefits to your home. They can be great for removing toxic agents in the air through air purification, your indoor plants can also improve your health, and sharpen your focus if you have your plants in an office or classroom environment.
How do you get the most from your plants? Well one of the clues to keeping your houseplants happy, is in the placement of those plants within the home.
Plants, in general, can withstand warmer or colder climates, and a surplus or shortage of water for a short period of time. However, if you want to get the best from your plants, you will need to place them somewhere they will get the water and nutrients in the right climate in order to survive.
So how can you replicate their natural habitat? Our guide will tell you which houseplants to place where in your home so that you get the maximum success from your houseplants!
All of your houseplants have one thing in common. They all need sunshine, but each plant will differ in the amount that they will need.
Don’t just place your indoor plants without a thought. Just because that plant will fit in with the décor of a certain area of the house, does not mean it is best for your houseplant.
Think about such questions as Which room’s get the most sunlight in my house? Which direction do my windows face? Where are my heaters? What is the average temperature roughly in my house?
With that, you will start to get an idea of which areas will work best when situating your houseplants.
As stated above, your plants will need sunshine. Some will thrive off having as much as possible, whilst others will need partial or a full cover of shade for the majority of the time.
Remember that your plants do not need direct sunlight at all possible hours of the day as this can scorch the leaves and the roots of the plant.
Most plants will be happy with a window that is either West, East or South facing. So do not look to have too many plants facing a Northerly window.
There are of course plants that require partial or full shade for large portions of the day.
For instance, flowering and foliage plants such as some varieties of fern and lily tend to deal well with minimal direct sunlight and with artificial light.
So if you set your foliage plant back from your South facing window a few feet, you will be putting your plant in an ideal position. If you have West or East facing windows, then ensure that your foliage plant remains out of the midday sun, or when there are times of direct sunlight in the room.
Plants with large, thick, fleshy leaves will tend to do well in the shade for the most part. Examples of such a plant would be Jade, Stonecrop and Zebra plant to name but a few.
As opposed to your garden, your houseplants may need more care. It’s always best to do a little bit of research on your plants, even if it’s to see how often your houseplants should be watered or what the desired climate for your houseplant should be.
Most houseplants are happy at around 70°F (20°C), but some only thrive at colder temperatures. For example, cyclamen prefer a temperature range between 50°F to 60°F (10°C to 15°C) Cineraria even colder. If you own a bonsai tree or any other tropical indoor plants, then you may need to have a constant temperature of around 70°F (20°C).
Be careful when placing your plants near a heated source. Most forms of home heating produce an atmosphere which is too dry for the majority of pot plants. Central heating in winter will create a warm atmosphere which is as dry as a Desert. This will be almost inhospitable for indoor plants.
You can either spray your plants with fine droplets of water regularly or create a micro-climate around their leaves by grouping or by packing moss between the pot and its decorative container. You will be able to see the warning signs when your leaves are bone dry or discoloured and the soil looks as if it needs watering.
Have you got any tips or advice, or perhaps you want to show off your houseplants in your home? Get in touch with us via our social media sites, or alternatively leave a comment below!
Missing your garden this winter? Try container gardening indoors by tucking several houseplants into the same pot, just like you would do outdoors. If you adapt the same design principles you use outdoors, you can create houseplant combos that look like they were done by a professional. So get creative, beautify your home – or someone else's if you are giving a gift – and enjoy the benefits of indoor plants all year long.
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Roses, flowers, azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, landscape trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines & houseplants.
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Roses, flowers, houseplants, ground covers, vines, ornamentals, shrubs and trees. For use on non-edible plants only. Not for use on lawns.
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Choosing a Container
Size: Select pot size based on where you will display your container garden. For an end table, choose a smaller container with a diameter no bigger than 8 inches. A container serving as the centerpiece on a dining table or bar may have a diameter up to 10-12 inches. For tabletop gardens, look for shallow containers, such as bulb pans or colored bowls. For floor container gardens, purchase larger pots (up to 14 inches across). Choose containers for your indoor plants that are in scale with interior spaces and furnishings.
Material: Indoors, plant directly into plastic pots. Unglazed terra-cotta containers lose water through their porous sides. In the dry air of a winter home, that extra water loss can create desert conditions for indoor plants. If you plant into nondescript plastic containers, you can slip them into pretty cachepots made of any material.
Drainage: Containers must permit water to drain away. Use a waterproof saucer to catch drainage from watering your houseplants. Even one drop of water on a wood surface can lead to spots or mildew.
Dressing: If soil is visible, cover it with something like moss, sea glass or polished river rock. Soil coverings also can help deter digging pets, preventing damage to your houseplants and indoor gardens.
Mobility: For large floor containers, placing the pot on a plant dolly will make housecleaning easier. On tabletops, protect surfaces from containers by placing saucers or felt bumpers beneath pots.
Care: Choose plants that demand the same light intensity and similar soil moisture. Mixing a cactus with a tropical foliage plant is a recipe for disaster.
Color: Design your container garden to complement a color scheme, or simply select plants you like. Consider variegated or patterned plants to add visual interest to your container garden.
Texture: Mix houseplants with different leaf textures. For instance, a feathery fern looks striking paired with a broad-leaf prayer plant.
Habit: Choose plants with different growth habits to create levels of interest. Follow the same categories as you would when designing an outdoor container garden: thriller (tallest plant), filler (mid-range height) and spiller (plants that spill out of the pot). Click here to learn more about these container gardening design terms.
Indoor Container Garden Combos To Try
For inspiration, you may want to plant one of our custom designs for indoor container gardens. Water these plantings when soil is dry to the touch. Remove dead leaves as they appear. Learn more about caring for houseplants.
Eventually, the plant combination will outgrow the container. At that point you can repot plants in individual containers. If space permits, group the containers to create the look of a container garden. Otherwise, place pots throughout your home or share with friends.
Low-Light Tabletop Garden
This container garden dances with foliage color, patterns and textures.
Thriller: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Filler: Southern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum capillus-vernis)
Spiller: Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Care tip: Snip spent Peace Lily blooms when they turn green. All of these plants prefer high humidity planting them together helps raise humidity. Learn techniques to raise indoor humidity. Learn more about Mosaic Plant.
Bright Indirect Light Tabletop Garden
Exotic foliage plants fill this container with lively color.
Thriller: Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyersii')
Fillers: Aluminum Plant , Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
Spiller: Variegated Ivy (Hedera helix 'Ingelise,' or any variegated indoor Ivy)
Care tip: Pinch out growing tips on Aluminum Plant and both types of Ivy to keep plants bushy.
Bright Indirect Light Floor Garden
Fill a bright location on the floor with a living tapestry of leaf texture and color.
Thriller: Fiddleleaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
Filler: Sapphire Suzanne Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum'Sapphire Suzanne')
Spillers: Variegated Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum'Variegatum'), creeping fig (Ficus pumila)
Care tip: Snip Spider Plant stems that bear babies if you don't want to deal with dropped blooms and dangling plantlets.
Just like garden plants, houseplants have specific growing requirements. Success with growing plants indoors starts with knowing the conditions of locations in your home and choosing plants that match—just like in the outdoor garden. Here’s a brief guide to identifying your houseplant habitat, with suggestions for plants to try.
Most houseplants fall under one of two light requirements: direct light, which is akin to full sun or bright/filtered light, which is a bit like dappled shade in the garden. Plants for direct light will thrive in a sunny window where the light touches their leaves for most of the day. Plants for bright or filtered light do better in a window with a sheer curtain or positioned farther into the room, away from the window. They can also go in an east-facing window where they will receive the direct light in the morning, when it’s most gentle.
If you can offer a full day of direct light, try cacti and succulents, like agave and aloes, plus coleus, polka dot plant and date palm for foliage. Flowering houseplants for direct light include bougainvillea, mandevilla, hibiscus and passionflowers.
If you can offer bright or filtered light, try chenille plant, cymbidium, dendrobium or phalaenopsis orchids, Africa violets and cape primrose (Streptocarpus) for flowers. Great foliage options for you are rex begonias, caladiums, spider plant, dieffenbachia, piggyback plant and stromanthe.
Is the light limited in your home? Try plants with large, dark green leaves, including cast iron plant (Aspidistraelatior), peace lily and aglaonema, or different types of ferns.
Many houseplants—especially those grown for their flowers—originate in tropical locations and therefore enjoy warm to hot temperatures. There are some, however, that can take, or even prefer, cooler climes. When thinking about the temperature in your home, keep in mind that it may fluctuate. The bathroom can be very warm and humid while you shower, then cool for the rest of the day. Entryways may be cold or subject to frequent drafts. Take time to observe any area at different hours before choosing a plant for it.
If you have a room that’s consistently warm, try tropical plants like citrus, bougainvillea, banana and mandevilla. If you blast your heat, though, remember that the air may become dry and you’ll need to increase the humidity for these plants.
If you keep your thermostat on the low side in the winter, look for plants that originate in temperate forests, like piggyback plant, fats, jasmine, English ivy, Norfolk Island pine and some ferns. Desert cacti and succulents can also do well in cooler northern homes, where the lower temperature will keep them from putting on spindly growth in winter’s weaker light.
At the end of the day, your choice in houseplants really depends on your level of enthusiasm and the time and effort you’re willing to commit to them.
If winter gets you down because you can’t be out in the garden, high-maintenance or finicky houseplants like orchids or gardenia may fill the void, or you might build a large collection of easy yet diverse plants to keep you busy.
On the other hand, if you enjoy winter’s respite from planting chores or it’s your time to catch up on other commitments and hobbies, pick something that thrives on neglect, like succulents, sansevieria, pothos and trailing philodendrons.
You don’t need a large room to have indoor plants. Be creative and grow plants vertically.
Consider the houseplants as an important part of your interior decoration. Cascading houseplants like the string of pearls looks chic.
Plants that are growing indoors play a decorative role, and at the same time, they clean the air.
Cool idea to use side table, to put plants.
Use shelves in your home to keep the plants on it. There you can do a small indoor garden like set up.
Use cool pots and planters to grow your plants. Must remember that pots accentuate the beauty of plants and should be chosen correctly.
You don’t need to splurge a lot of money to have beautiful pots. Read our post on pot decoration ideas to find out more on this.
Prefer low maintenance houseplants if you are a busy person.
The more beautiful the pots, the more beautiful your plants look as written above– “Pots accentuate the beauty of plants”.
Large houseplants like fiddle leaf fig are designers favorite. Give them a try. Learn how to grow fiddle leaf fig.
If there is a scope and brightness then arranging plants on a staircase is a good idea.
If you’re short of outdoor space why not dedicate a space to grow plants indoors. Create an Indoor garden.
You can grow plants in almost anything. To find more such ideas like this read this post.
Plants of dracaena genus are easiest to grow. Plus, they look beautiful.
Use large plants to create a statement. Large houseplants and tall cactus look good.
Grow succulents in your home as they are easy to grow and low maintenance.
Create a succulent dish garden to adorn your space. It is easy to create and the complete tutorial is given in our post.
Room ferns are easy to clean and grow. They can be arranged in a variety of ways.
This DIY book planter is cool to grow plants. You can find complete tutorial here.
Plant stands are the great decorative feature. They elevate the plants to a higher label. Metal, plastic or wooden, choose plant stands according to your interior.
You can also grow houseplants in your bathroom. Consider this bathroom garden.
Hi – Love all the different wire plant stands. Can you tell me where I can buy the triangle one next to the bed as well as the differnt lower ones shown in the picture of the “indoor garden”. Thanks in advance
Can you maybe tell me where I can get that black and white print with the Cadillac and the palm trees in the background in No. 93?
Ummmm, that’s not a Cadillac…
(Now, to go out on my own limb… LOL!) It’s a Camaro I believe, my hubby adored them.
Good luck finding it if my DH were still alive, I’d want it for him, too!
I truly loved all of your decorating ideas and I am definately going to use a few in my home. i will also follow your website for future ideas. i give you a big thumbs up!
I enjoyed viewing your creativity with the indoor plants. Looking forward to getting started. Many great ideas.
Thanks for sharing idea for indoor and outdoor plants its really amazing creativity.
I like that you said that plant stands are a decorative feature that elevates plants higher. If I was going to get a plant stand then I would want to make sure that it was something that would go with the surroundings. It might be a good idea to find one that is affordable and something that you like.
Wow . So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing . Having and caring for plants is one thing but to be able to show-case them as elegantly as the many ways you have shown is the icing on the cake. Now maybe my plants can really shine like the rock stars they are .
Creative Ideas for in-door plants Worth Sharing. Keep up the Good work.
I have an entire 2nd bedroom filled with nothing but plants. Unfortunately, I also have a cat that won’t leave anything alone. So we took the door off the room and put up a cheapy, but rustic screen door up.snd now I see all my plants, but the cat can’t eat them. I am looking for plant stand everywhere, but I have over 100 plants. Some grown in the same pot together and some are in big barrels, so I am always trying to come up with better ideas to make the room look better. The apartments we live in the walks won’t hold a thing, so they have to go on stands it tables. Will follow you for some creative ideas.
Love these idea, but a lot of them my cats would destroy unfortunately. An article for keeping plants in a home with pets would be great =]
Can anyone identify the beautiful white plant, that is in the #56 photo?…. Love the ceramic holders, containers different shapes, and deep earthy tones. Great idea!… thanks for sharing!…
Didnt realize there was so many ways to display housplants. I will try some of your ideas. Thanks
Being in the home decor industry, it’s my daily to job find out unique and trendy decor ideas and what guess? This elevated plant idea made my day. I wonder if We add a beautiful planter pot on the top of the plant stand. then it’ll look even better. In love with your work :)
Cyril Sontillano has absolutely FILLED his rental apartment with plants –and frankly, great plant-displaying ideas–but I loved the idea of hanging a plant on the wall and then hanging an empty frame around the hanging plant. Because mother nature really is the ultimate art piece!
Here is a list of trees that can bring good luck to the family. Obviously, these trees grow best in a warm climate (USDA Zones 9-11)
Also known as the Indian lilac, it is famous for its great medicinal values. The neem oil extracted from its leaves also has many uses in the garden.
What Vastu Says: Growing neem tree in the north-west corner of the garden brings positivity and happiness. Plant it close to a bedroom as the air flowing through its leaves promotes good health to the family.
The mango tree needs no introduction. It also has medicinal values and its leaves are used for many religious ceremonies in the Indian subcontinent and considered very auspicious.
What Vastu Says: Planting mango tree in west, south, and south-west corner of the garden brings positivity.
The tree not just looks beautiful but also produces delicious fruits that are cooked unripe to make curries. Jackfruit is becoming very popular these days because when cooked it tastes like meat.
What Vastu Says: Do not grow the tree in the north direction of the house. Plant it in south, south-west, or northwest direction for good health and positivity.
Every part of the coconut tree is useful and the fruit is used in many ways in popular cuisines. The tree brings stability and progress in the household.
What Vastu Says: Grow coconut tree in the south or the west direction of the garden. It removes negativity and brings positivity in the house.