So indoor plants really blew up over 2015. And so they should, I know my happy place would be living in a green house full of exotic plants. Just don’t ask me to look after them….
So when shopping for that person you don’t know well, the in-laws, the person who has everything and the trendy friend who you are terrified of buying a present for…. this post is for you. Buy them a plant. It will last a long time, (fingers crossed) it’s a neutral present- so no offending there and you can tell your hipster friend that it will purify the air (totally true by the way).
So here are my favourite picks to gift!!
1. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Yes I know they’ve been around for a while now, well forever really, but they are so beautiful inside. You can now buy the bambino size (so cute!) from florists and nurseries, which means it’s much more affordable than a matured size. Wanna know how to care for it? Click back to an earlier post here.
2. Rubber Plant
Love this one. The colouring can come in a dark green with hints of maroon for a moody interior or alternatively in a bright emerald green. It needs plenty of light but not direct sunlight as it’ll get to hot. In the growing season (spring-summer) it will need to be watered every week, keeping sure the soil is always moist. During the dormant months it only needs to be watered monthly.
3.Umbrella Tree (Schefflera)
I just love the leaves on this tree. They open out like little stars or rays of sunlight. It’ll definitely make an impact in any room. To care for these ones place in indirect sunlight. They love humidity and being moist- they are a tropical plant after all, so all set for the Sydney summer! Again water frequently during summer and less so during winter.
Ok these are my favourites and they are so easy to grow, trust me (TRUST ME). They need little watering, just a spritz every week or so and just let them go. I let mine go and they have made succulent babies…. yep they are as cute as they sound! And you can plant them into fun things, think tea cups, bowls, jars etc.
5. Maiden Hair Fern
This is a hardy fern with the foliage looking lace like. They instantly add a soft beauty to any room. Now this plant is not for the beginners. It likes for its soil to be moist and the air to be humid so keep away from air conditioners. They especially look cute in recycled paper plant bags. Kmart have a few in stock in metallics for a very reasonable price. Otherwise go with a Uashmama and make all your receded bag dreams come true!
6.Cardboard Palm Tree
This one can grow comfortably outdoors on in. It’s definitely eye catching, bright and sculptural. It’s origin is from eastern Mexico, how fun! This is one indoor plant that can handle full sun, but doesn’t need to be in direct sunlight to survive. Give it a good watering and allow the top 5cm of soil to dry out before watering again. Cut this back in the winter months.
7.Heart Leaf Philodendron
You can have it hanging in a basket or in a pot cascading over a shelf. They are hardy and can tolerate low light, but prefer moderate to bright, but never direct sun. Keep the soil damp, but in winter allow to dry out between watering. Every six months I like to chuck mine in the shower and hose her off (cause no one likes dusty leaves if you get what I mean). I love her.
Ok, I saved my favourite for last. I LOVE orchids. Especially in this purple. I die. They also add elegance to any room, whether it’s styled classically or modern. Now these flowers do burn in the sun so keep them in a indirect light filled space. Water once a week in winter and twice a week in summer. Again, I die.
All of these plants should be available from your local nursery or Bunnings. Now if you want the gift receiver to pick their own plant may I suggest you buy a beautiful pot and/or stand… Try Design Twins. They have such beautifully painted pots and stands and lots of other pretty things.
If your budget is a bit tighter pop on over to Kmart. It is doing seriously well in the garden accessories department. Ranging from geometric pots, to concrete pots with copper triangles, to macrame hangers, to plant stands. They have chosen fun colours and finishes and everything in under $15. Check out the pictures below from an Instagram account called The Kmart Forecast (absolutely brill) to get some inspiration on how to style these elites in your own home… I mean pointers for your gift receiver…
Happy styling xx