I’m having a thing about … really BIG houseplants

Image: Modern Findings
Image: Modern Findings

When we bought our new house, I was struck by the fact there were absolutely no plants anywhere. None. Not one little orchid, not one supermarket bunch of daffodils cheering up a tatty old jug. Nada. Zip.

Now I’m not showing off, but it’s a big house (the move out of London means bigger house!) – and the lack of plantage was something that really played on my mind. The rooms were crying out for a splash of greenery and some textural interest – plus, it is a very simple way to add structure, adding interest with little statement corners.

Image: Erica Davies
Image: Erica Davies
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Image: Erica Davies / Radley AW16 Press event location

So I started pinning huge indoor plants like crazy.

For a while now, large houseplants have been deeply unfashionable. You’d always spot cheeseplants and yucca in the plant sections of DIY stores – because nobody wanted them. Now, they’re nowhere to be found. I’m on ACTUAL waiting lists for cheeseplants.

So it’s fair to say they’re having a definite resurgence in popularity.

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Image: Conservatory Archives
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Image: Airows

I’m obsessing about fiddle fig leaf plants for example (picture below) – which you seem to be able to buy really easily in IKEA USA, but not over here in the UK.

Image: West Elm
Image: West Elm

Since I started including images on Instagram of the palms I bought, I’ve been inundated with emails from people asking where they can find similar.

Image: Erica Davies
Image: Erica Davies

So here are some inspiration ideas of ways to include the coolest house plants of the moment in your schemes.

Plus read on for the five best places I’ve found to track them down.

 

1: FIDDLE LEAF FIG (Ficus Lyrata)

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Image: SF GIRL BY BAY

HOW NOT TO KILL IT: Bright, indirect sunlight and don’t move it around – they like one place! Water once a week on schedule. Quite high maintenance.

 

2: CHEESE PLANT (Monstera Deliciosa)

Image: The Design Files Australia
Image: The Design Files Australia

HOW NOT TO KILL IT: No direct sunlight but needs a bright room. Quite high maintenance, will need re-potting every couple of years and also cutting back to avoid getting ‘leggy’ and tatty.

 

3: CACTUS (Euphorbia Ingens)

Image: Bodie & Fou
Image: Bodie & Fou

HOW NOT TO KILL IT: Minimal watering, once a month is fine. Don’t place in harsh sunlight, but somewhere bright and warm is good.

 

4: SNAKE PLANT (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

Image: West Elm
Image: West Elm

HOW NOT TO KILL IT: They’re pretty indestructible – require minimal watering and can be left in darkish rooms. Also good at keeping the air clean!

 

5: RUBBER PLANT (Hevea Brasiliensis)

Image: Blackbird
Image: Blackbird

HOW NOT TO KILL IT: Keep near a window for bright, filtered light but away from a draughty door. It needs to dry out betwen watering and will need a damp cloth to get rid of dust from those glossy leaves every couple of months.

 

6: SUCCULENTS (many varieties, but this is Graptopetalum Paraguayense)

Image: Erica Davies
Image: Erica Davies

HOW NOT TO KILL IT: They need around six hours a day of sunshine, preferably south facing windows but out of direct sunlight. Minimal watering as they like to get water out of the air.

 

Places to check out for the plants above.

HOUSE OF PLANTS: An online discovery, that led to me going on waiting lists for some of the plants above! House of Plants has a fantastic range of indoor plants including cheese plants and fiddle leaf figs at every size – you may just need to speak to them if you want a particular size as they sell out quickly.

IKEA: You can’t order online for their plants, which is really annoying but Ikea is definitely worth a trip for their brilliant selection of large plants. They have the large Euphorbia cacti for £49, yucca for £25 and large Howea Forsteriana (Kentia palm) for £12. Take a big car, stock up. Their pots are great too.

PALM CENTRE: I bought two Kentia palms here and they arrived beautifully wrapped and in great condition. They also sell citrus trees for indoors and have some really gorgous statement palms too.

CONSERVATORY ARCHIVES: This is another new discovery and I am obsessed. You can visit their store in Hackney, London but they’re also REALLY helpful if you want something specific. They have found my Fiddle Leaf Fig tree – now I’m just wondering how to get it to me in North Essex! Check out their Instagram here for inspiration.

URBAN OUTFITTERS: Yes really! Brilliant for enormous cacti. You can’t buy online, but check out their larger stores such as Oxford Street in London. Also try Wyevale Garden Centres – they don’t have many large indoor house plants, but my local store has a couple of enormous Euphorbia Ingens cacti for £59 each.

 

Any other top house plant places you’ve discovered, please let us know!

  • Comments ( 11 )

  • avatar
    Crels

    I love the Conservatory Archives – did not know its name before now – it is literally around the corner from my work – it is such a stylish shop. I didn’t like cacti before, but I do now!

  • avatar
    Victoria

    I love having plants around. I’ve managed to keep my huge Fiddle Leaf alive for 2 years now! It really hasn’t been too much bother, despite all the warnings that they are difficult plants.

    Another great addition to having plants in the home are terrariums. I have a big one filled with tropical plants (there have been a few casualties along the way I have to admit), but it looks great and is always admired.

    The next plant on my must have list is a Chinese Money plant – Pilea Peperomioides – with its gorgeous round leaves. Now I’m off to the garden center.

    • avatar
      Erica

      I love this comment Victoria! Thank you! I think I’ve seen the Chinese money plant on Pinterest and they look amazing – I will check them out, thank you! x

  • avatar
    emma hampson

    I recently discovered your website and instagram Erica and absolutely love your style and your writing! You are my fave blogger, mixing up colour, vitality and humour perfectly, so thank you for the cheer you bring to my days.
    I saw this post and was about to tell you about my old friends’ online shop for house plants- House of Plants, but see you already have them as your number one! They are the nicest people and I couldn’t recommend them and their wares highly enough.

    • avatar
      Erica

      Oh thank you Emma – what a lovely comment to read! So pleased you’ve found me! Yes I love House of Plants – I will definitely be buying from them. Thank you for letting me know! xx

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    Nicki

    Hi Erica – love your website – on a side note, I noticed the schnauzer pinned on the side bar. I have a schnauzer and he is a joy, fantastic with my children, obedient, and very cuddly! Highly recommend it as a breed xx

    • avatar
      Erica

      Really?? We’re thinking about getting a dog and I’ve fallen in love with the miniature schnauzer. And all reviews I read suggest they’re really affectionate and great with kids? Did you get yours from a puppy? I’ve emailed a couple of kennel club breeders for more info! X

      • avatar
        Nicki

        We got him from a breeder in Essex – I’m not sure if she still breeds them. I found her through the kennel club and the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain (yes, there really is one!). He is a black miniature and now nearly 9 years old – he was so easy to train, has always been a breeze. Happy to be left, but happy to play for hours! My eldest says he is like a pyjama case without the zip – and he is! Silly, soppy and very cuddly – only downside – like most dogs – he will eat everything and anything (food, not household items) and can be a bit of a scrounger! Go for it! You won’t regret it! xx

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          Erica

          I’m ALL OVER this information Nicki! Thank you so much. Can I ask if you still have the details of your breeder as we’re in Essex too. Maybe if you do you could email me? hello@the-edited.com And did you go and see a few breeders first? THANK YOU! X

          • avatar
            Nicki

            I will see if I can find his paperwork – but my husband thinks it was near Whaltham (other side of Chelmsford) If she is still breeding – I can highly recommend her. Yes – I did call a few breeders first, I wanted a black schnauzer and they weren’t so common then so I only found a few breeders who had pups. This lady was by far the nicest and had both parents and was so happy for us to come over several times with the children and play with him and his parents. I will have a hunt for Spike’s paperwork and let you know xxxx

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