Isn’t it lovely when spring finally arrives and we start to see new leaves on the trees and flowers coming into bloom? Well introducing some green into your home can cheer up the space instantly in exactly the same way. You might be living in the middle of a city or have a flat that’s more pied a terre than penthouse, but a few plants or flowers really do feel like a breath of fresh air in your interior. Not really the green-fingered type? Don’t worry – in the right location and with the appropriate care, house plants are actually pretty low maintenance.
So which plants to choose? Think about different sizes and shapes, perhaps dotting a few around the room – and don’t forget to choose interesting pots or planters to place your greenery in, we love bright colours and unusual textures. Ask garden-loving friends for advice, or get some tips at your local garden centre – staff will be happy to advise on what would suit your space and what kind of maintenance plants will need.
Not into plants or want something a little more colourful? Fresh flowers are lovely, but they can be an expense if you’re buying them every couple of weeks so don’t forget to take that into consideration. Nothing looks quite as pretty as freshly-cut seasonal blooms, but you can get some excellent quality silk flowers – something to consider if you travel a lot or don’t feel confident about looking after plants.
Practical and pretty? Herbs are not only deliciously scented, but also useful in the kitchen, it’s a win-win here. Create a little space for a herb garden and you’ll find yourself adding fresh mint to salads, fragrant coriander to stir-fries and a pinch of parsley to your pasta. Pop your pots on a sunny windowsill if you want them to thrive and make sure you water them regularly.
And if all else fails? Succulents are your friend. The plant that practically never needs watering and somehow always looks stylish – even if you totally abandon it. Well, almost. Plenty of sunshine is essential – cacti are desert plants after all! Terrariums make for a stylish setting for succulents – and you’ll find loads of tutorials on how to get started online.
It’s time to get green-fingered… Read on for our edit of the loveliest planters, vases, flowers and garden accessories to help you bring the outdoors in.