Miniature Olive Tree, Gardenista

I don’t know if its my latest addiction to Gardenista or just an attempt to get through this never-ending winter of ours but I have become increasingly obsessed with houseplants.

Now, when I say house plants, I don’t mean those half-dead looking things that should have been thrown on the compost many months ago. I mean fresh, vibrant, gorgeous looking plants that will encourage you to believe that one day spring will arrive. In my mind there is nothing lovelier that a good-looking plant in an equally good-looking plant pot. When we are devoid of any greenery out of our windows I believe it’s really nice (& healthy) to have some indoors.

I am tired of trying to get my orchids to re-flower, a client once referred to her home looking like an orchid hospital and it has stuck with me ever since. I am fed up looking at these limp leaves and constantly mistaking their roots for new shoots……….. I think that an orchid is a really inexpensive way to add ‘fresh flowers’ to your home for 3 or 4 months. The return on investment is fabulous – but once they have flowered, I gladly put them in my garden compost and move on. Anyhow I digress, here are some gorgeous looking plants that are inspiring me at moment, all are green and there isn’t an orchid in sight!

I just purchased this very plant from Sheridan Nurseries yesterday - it looks so gorgeous on my staircase at home. It's really quite sculptural and looks beautiful with the dappled light on it from the skylight above (dappled because it's currently nearly all covered in snow).

I just purchased this very plant from Sheridan Nurseries yesterday – it looks so gorgeous on my staircase at home. It’s really quite sculptural and looks beautiful with the dappled light on it from the skylight above (dappled because it’s currently nearly all covered in snow).

a pileas-by-mieke vergijlen l Gardenista

How simple is this – the terracotta pot just adds a little bit of texture. This would look great in a kitchen or breakfast room.

air plants tillandsias under cloche l Gardenista

You can purchase air plants quite inexpensively, add a cloche and pop them on a bookshelf, coffee table or tabletop display. Needs very little maintenance. Perfect if you tend to forget to water your plants!

citrus tree indoors l Gardenista

Just stunning – if you have nosy neighbours or a street view you don’t particularly like – stick a pot on your window! Its simple and very effective.

Treat yourself to some green this weekend and don’t forget to add a gorgeous looking pot. I am favouring fiberglass at the moment – they are so light and they won’t leak. There are lots of great designs and colours on the market. I cover the bottom of mine with felt pads so it makes the pot very easy to slide over hardwood floors (I tend to move things around a lot and so everything in my home is slide-able). Wicker and woven baskets can look amazing, but just be sure that the pot inside is 100% watertight and on a tray.

All images are from Gardenista.

Best, Gillian

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