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When it comes to decorating a home, many people focus on paint colours, furniture and soft furnishings. Often, house plants come right at the end or sometimes even get completely overlooked. However, we think that house plants are so important to a home for a number of reasons. As you can imagine, we are always surrounded by plants – without them we would feel pretty bare! If you’re not sure what you want to go for or how you want to use them, then let us help to show you how. 

Your house plant journey

House plants are a wonderful way to bring nature indoors and add beauty and vitality to any living space. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, offering options to suit different preferences and levels of gardening experience. Whether you have a green thumb or are just starting out, there is a houseplant for everyone.

Houseplants offer numerous benefits beyond their aesthetic appeal. They can help improve indoor air quality by filtering out pollutants and releasing oxygen. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through the process of photosynthesis, thus enhancing the overall air freshness in a room. They can also increase humidity levels, making the environment more comfortable, especially during dry seasons or in spaces with air conditioning or heating.

Caring for houseplants can be a rewarding experience. It provides an opportunity to connect with nature and witness the growth and development of living organisms. The act of nurturing plants can be therapeutic and have a calming effect on the mind.

Following your house plant style

Whatever the size of your home, it can benefit from some foliage. It can help lift a room, bringing it to life by bringing actual life inside. This is perfect when the weather might be a bit chilly outside or if you don’t have a garden. You don’t need grass for greenery! Furthermore, if your home is on the smaller side then you will be pleased to hear that plants can actually make a room feel bigger. 

So how can you incorporate house plants into your style? This is a hard question as there are so many ways to do this. 

House plant shelfie

We love plant shelfies, with plants either in rows or grouped with other items like books or candles. By raising plants up, you’re helping to make them more visible and in your line of sight. They can also be useful if you have any pets and you want to keep their paws off your indoor house plants!

Plant bundles

Another top favourite of ours is a plant bundle or plant gang. Here you can mix and match shapes and sizes. This creates some interest and the contrast can highlight the lovely features of each. For example, go for a Zamioculcas next to a Boston Fern for a mix of colours and structures. The fern will spread out with its feathery little leaves while the Zamioculcas grows more vertically with cleaner lines.

Make a statement with your house plants

Another way to bring some style with your house plants is to go for a statement plant to bring in some height. We absolutely love our Monstera Deliciosa for this – it is the plant for the job! It has huge fan-like leaves with holes in, giving it the nickname ‘Swiss Cheese plant’. If you put this anywhere, it becomes a huge talking point. It is also a quick-growing plant and if you want to see it increase in size, simply re-pot it and watch in awe. 

Looking for a space-saving house plant?

If you really don’t have a lot of space then go for a plant that won’t emphasise this. Our spiky sansevieria are perfect as they grow tall and straight. They can fit neatly into small spaces as a result of their structure and their leaves won’t block views or give a feeling of encroachment.  

Plants that come with pots

It can be so frustrating when you are deciding to buy something and then realise you have to pay for extras to get the complete look you want! That is why we clearly label our plants to show when they come with pots. What is more, our potted houseplants come in bespoke pots that we have commissioned ourselves.

When we first started TLB, we decided we would sell all of our plants in a beautifully paired pot. That means you don’t have to pay extra or worry about whether the plant will fit a pot you have to buy separately. Our potted houseplants also make the perfect gift so you can get them directly delivered to a friend or loved one. Buying houseplants online has never been so easy as we can take care of everything you need.

And if you do happen to have the perfect pot already, we now offer the choice for some of our plants to arrive ‘naked’ so you can repot them yourself.

Show some colour

If you prefer some colour with your house plants, then consider how you want to bring this in. Of course, most house plants are green but there are some that bring in different shades or tones. Devil’s Ivy has streaks of yellow across the leaves, which give a subtle variation. If you are looking for something a bit more colourful then we highly recommend a flowering house plant. For the ultimate use of colour, there is always the magical hydrangea. Why go for one colour when you can pick something that changes over time?!

You can also bring in some more colour through our pots. Many of our potted houseplants have numerous choices – whether it is pink and copper, grey and copper or black and gold, we have you covered.

Caring for your house plant

We often hear from our customers about how easy their house plants are to look after. Want to see this for yourself? Take a look at some of the reviews of our Monstera Deliciosa to see just how easy it is to care for.

If you’re new to plants and a little nervous, don’t be worried and simply follow the care instructions we give with each plant or follow the tips below to keep your house plants happy and healthy. 

Watering your indoor plants

Most plants don’t need water more than once a week and for some, it is even once a month. There are some that go against this rule, such as ferns, as they are a little needier and need watering at least once a week. If it is a large plant, try watering from the base or even putting it in the sink for around 10 minutes.

This way the water really gets soaked up by the roots, where it is most needed. You can also give some generic house plant feed around every other month. This acts as a little top-up to keep them going. 

If you aren’t sure if your plant needs water, pat the soil to see if it feels a bit dry or check if the leaves feel a little dry or droopy. Be careful not to overwater too – don’t let plants sit in water!

Dusting your plants

Just like you need to dust your pictures or window sills, you also need to dust your plants! When dust settles on the leaves, it can prevent the leaves from properly photosynthesizing. You don’t need to do this on a weekly basis, but do try to do it once a month. All you need is a lightly dampened cloth and a delicate touch. Simple carefully hold the leaf to give it some support and then gently wipe or brush the dust off. 

Heat and light

Many house plants do like a bit of sunshine but it is important not to let them get too hot. Some can get scorched leaves so it is good to avoid direct sunlight! Furthermore, we recommend keeping plants away from radiators. If you can, try rotating your plants either in different places within a room or even just turning them around a little. 

When the weather changes outdoors, be aware of how it can affect your plants indoors. If the temperature shoots up and a plant that had received relatively little light is now in direct sunlight, it might be a bit overwhelming. If you move a house plant just a foot away it could be enough to make a difference. 

Getting started

Based on the above, are you keen to get started with creating green spaces in your home? Or are you wondering where to begin? Well, we have some helpful filters on our site to help you narrow it down. This will help you pick one that is right for your room or what you are looking for. From a darker corner to light space, or a mini plant through to an extra-large one, you are sure to find something. Buying houseplants online is super easy with our website – you can even get express delivery if you need to get a last-minute gift delivered pretty speedily.

If you want to get some more ideas for your house plant style, don’t forget to check out our blog posts to see plenty of photos or head over to our Instagram. 

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