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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!