Yes greenery, plants of all types, are the latest interior design trend incase you haven’t already noticed. I certainly did. A store selling only plants does an amazing business just down the street from my condo in Seattle. My condo is surrounded by buildings of condos and I understand the attraction.
Over the years my love of plants ebbs and flows. They require thoughtful attention, care and nurturing. Plus, knowing what they need, which I’ll address in this post too, is important so they thrive rather than die. I do understand the attraction and I like to think of them as humanizing an interior design.
One advantage to designing with plants is the composition you can create with your furnishings, art, books and the selected plant and container. The image above is an example. “Houseplants are hot. The 1970s’ hobby left behind by Generation X has been reclaimed by the millennial generation, according to Realtor.com, which cites Instagram hashtags and the popularity of the blog @urbanjungleblog (459,000 followers and counting) as evidence.”
And I enjoy the quote from Sue Platania, “Houseplants make your home healthier, but more than that, they give their owners something to care for that isn’t as high-stakes as a puppy or a kitten. Succulents are wildly popular, because they have a reputation as low-maintenance.”
So living with greenery requires a maintenance plan and much like autos there are signals when a problem occurs. Articles abound all over the internet about plant care, however, in the short, succinct category is this one from Apartment Therapy. Five reasons:
- Water ~ too much or too little
- Drainage ~ as in ‘please don’t drown them’
- Know your Windows
- Shock ~ they love to stay put
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