Just like jogging, brunch and monthly book clubs, house plants are something that creep up on you in your twenties. One minute you’re repulsed by soil and bemused by your parent’s garden obsession. And the next? Well, the next you’re a regular Alan Titchmarsh, stuffing your city home with lush foliage until it resembles a Kew Gardens greenhouse.
And, with that, you tick another box in the sprawling adult-ing checklist that is life. Congratulations. Of course, not all houseplants are created equal. Some greenery is decidedly more nursing home than hip pad. And at Peach Properties, we’re all about hip pads, trendy enclaves and fashionable nests.
Whether you want to spruce up your home with pretty plants in preparation for a sale or simply for your own enjoyment, knowing what to pick (and where to put it) is half the battle.
To help you select flora with that added hipster zing and urbanite kudos, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide. Plant misters at the ready!
1. Cacti by the window
These prickly customers tend to throw Feng Shui fanatics into a state of utter confusion. On the one hand, their spikes are thought to bring bad juju into a house. But on the other hand, they are thought to enhance your ‘fame and reputation’ quadrant. Whatever that is. All we know is, they look slick and it’s near impossible to kill them. Win, win. Used to arid desert climes, your cactus will only need an occasional watering (weekly while it is still growing). What it does need, is a little bit of light. Keep it by the window so everyone can marvel at your plant-rearing skills.
2. Herb plants in the kitchen
Don’t worry, you don’t need to actually cook with your herb plants. The idea is just to create the air of domesticity. Make sure the soil is always kept slightly moist for basil, chives, mint and parsley. Build your collection and enjoy the aroma – not to mention the nods of approval.
3. Bamboo tree in the living room
If it’s good enough for LA’s Chateau Marmont, it’s good enough for you. Bamboos can add a touch of exoticism to any living room. They like direct sunlight, acidic soil and bi-weekly watering. Make sure to pick a sturdy pot to support them as they grow.
4. Snake plant in the bathroom
Not the prettiest-named plant, we’ll agree. Its other moniker is mother-in-law’s tongue. Shudder. But, despite the aggressive sounding title, the snake plant really is one of the most low-maintenance houseplants out there. It can flourish in a variety of conditions from no light to direct light, and, if kept in a humid bathroom, requires no watering. Easy. If only your actual mother-in-law was quite so accommodating.
5. Air plant in the bedroom
The top knot and beard of the garden world, this plant really is as stylish as they come. They don’t require soil to grow and instead can be encouraged to clamber around pretty brass fittings on exposed brick walls. As the name would suggest, the health of these plants hinges on good air quality. They require a daily water mist during the summer and much less during the cooler months.
Got the foliage but not the home? Talk to a member of the Peach Properties team about finding your new place.
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