Home improvements: make place for plants



Indoor plants are particularly important in the summer months, when your garden is out of bounds and you are spending more time cooped up inside your home.

They can, however, make a space feel cluttered and disorganised if not presented properly. Place larger, towering plants or trees in the corner of your rooms to ensure they don’t overwhelm your decor. This is also a good time to invest in a more captivating selection of planters, particularly if you’ve been using the bog-standard terracotta ones until now. It is always best to place larger pots on a wheeled platform for ease of movement – and to ensure you can shift them out of direct sunlight if needed.

Replace your lamp or decorative bedside table pieces with small ferns. Consider planting in monochromatic holders for an easy-to-match, understated look.

Finally, if you have cactus, aloe vera or any other succulent varieties, place these together, either on a coffee table or sideboard. The plants’ textures, when potted in old china, will add a charming vintage touch to your space.

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