Using Plants to Decorate the Home
You don’t have to be a master gardener to add a touch of green to your living space. Plants make your home look elegant or cozy depending on which plants you choose, where you put them, and how you display them.
Start simply with some supermarket or superstore potted plants. Arrange them in an interesting bowl and make them a center of interest in your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. A good choice is African violets. Make sure they get morning sun and are shaded from afternoon sun. Water from the base to avoid touching the leaves.
Make an oleander, ficus,fig tree, rubber tree, orother tall tree a foyer interest.
Use a large can from Pottery Barn or Pier One, even a garage sale. Put it on wheels for easy moving to clean. Provide moderate light avoiding bright afternoon sun. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry.
Try a topiary plant or a bonsai tree for a center of interest. Why not a window ledge topiary forest?
Some plants are not just beautiful or good for the air quality in your house they have more to offer the homeowner. Try planting herbs in small pots or create a window sill garden. Good choices are parsley, rosemary, chives, mint, and basil. They are right there ready for snipping when you want them for cooking or garnish.
Try your hand at an indoor tomato plant or alfalfa sprouts or start a yam or peanut plant from an eye or seed. These will be conversation pieces.
Use bulbs in clear glass bowls to give your house a spring look in winter.
Be creative. Try combining plants in a large container. You can set this outside your front door in the summer.
Try growing plants in hanging objects like fish bowls,teakettles, or birdhouses. Suspend them with macramé hangers.
Fill a bookcase in your den or spare room with pots of various plants of different colors and textures.
In your kitchen, create a vertical garden of herbs and succulents. Your garden could be in a macramé hanger from which you hang small pots. Your kitchen will smell wonderful, it will look welcoming and the air will be fresh...and your herbs are right there for harvesting to garnishing your favorite dishes.
You don’t have to be a gardener to add a touch of green to your home. Watering weekly is the most care many of these plants need.
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