Indoor plants provide contact with nature and enhance almost any interior by adding natural forms, colours and fragrances.
Begin your decorating by deciding what sort of space you want to fill with plants. Do you need one large dramatic plant as a focal point or smaller groupings of plants of different shapes, colours or textures?
The arranging, grouping and positioning of plants and flowers is an art. Take into account the appearance of the plant and the container you intend to put it into, as well as the background against which it will be seen and the room features or items of furniture by which it will be surrounded.
MATCHING CONTAINERS TO CONTAINERS
Ensure that the proportion of the container is right to the size of the plant. The smaller the plant, the more it should equal the height of the container.
It is essential to choose a style of container and a type of plant that will reflect and enhance the ambience of the room for which they are intended.
The style of the container depends on the material it is made of, its shape, colour and texture. A spiky leaved plant has a modern look. A begonia with lush flowers will suit a traditional setting.
For most people, the living room is the show piece of the house and the area in which most of the entertaining takes place. Plants will provide a restful background and should enhance the layout of the room without dominating it.
Living rooms usually contain large items of furniture therefore plants should be of appropriate size to counterbalance them. One or two large plants usually look much better than a clutter of smaller ones. Position your plants away from open fires or heaters, preferably where they can get adequate light.
HALLS AND ENTRANCES
Front doors and entrance halls are the first areas you see on entering the house. Decorated properly they can be warm and welcoming, drawing the visitor into the heart of the house.
If you have a hall large enough to furnish, you will have the opportunity to go for maximum effect in your plant and floral arrangements. Use tables and use mirrors to enhance your floral arrangements in this area.
The available choice is almost inexhaustible.
Upright Plants these are plants with a vertical growth habit. Varieties such as Citrus Nitus, Flowering Maple, Cordyline Terminalis, Rubber Plant, Belgian Evergreen, Spotted Dumb Cane, Croton, African Hemp, Silvered Spear, Bird of Paradise, Tree Ivy, Peacock Plant, Fan Palm, Rainbow Plant, and Sticky Yucca.
Rosette Shaped Plants Variegated Pineapple, Scarlet Star, African Violet, Cape Primrose and Glaxinia.
Arching Plants Wax Plant, Button Fern, Finger Plant, White Sails, Coconut Palm, Hares Foot Fern, Kentia Palm, Bamboo Palm, Boston Fern, Weeping Fig, Ponytail, Flaming Sword and Birds Nest Fern.
Bushy Plants Wax Begonia, Amethyst, Violet, Busy Lizzie, Chinese Hibiscus, German Violet, Regal Geranium, Cineraria, Azalea, Cyclamen, Primula, Spotted Laurel, and Asparagus Fern.
Climbing Plants Cape Ivy, Grape Ivy, Passion Flower, Was Flower, Black Eyed Susan, White Scented Jasmine and Golden Trumped.
Trailing Plants Spider Plant, Strawberry Geraniums, English Ivy, Emerald Fern, Italian Bell Flower and Staghorn Fern.
Creeping Plants Club Moss, Creeping Fig, Swedish Ivy. Cacti and Succulents Silver Crown, Crown of Thorns, Thorn Thumb, Old Man Cactus, Chinese Jade, Bishops Cap, Golden Pincushion, Red Clown, Lace Aloe, Moulded Wax Plant and Queen Agave.