Green walls (those created using plants, not just green paint) are all the rage, and with good reason.
These innovative vertical gardens create a calming, natural ambience without taking up valuable floor space in your home or office.
The downside is that they can be expensive, fiddly to set up and hard to maintain.
But there is a simple alternative.
Grouping some favourite plants together on a plant stand or bench is any easy way to create an indoor garden.
Two or three shelves, one above the other, can help replicate the green wall effect and it’s easy to move your pot plants around to achieve the look you are after.
Put tall plants on the top shelf and vines such as Devil’s Ivy (Pothos) below, letting the stems hang down, to achieve the maximum wall coverage.
Grouping plants together helps create humidity around them, which is crucial for many tropical plants, while colourful orchids look even better framed by the leaves of deep green foliage plants such as the hardy Cast Iron Plant.
Succulents and other sun-loving plants should go on the brightest side of your “mini-jungle” to get the light they need while shading delicate species such as ferns.
Succulents (Snake Plant, Jade Plant etc) don’t like humidity, but will cope in medium to bright light indoors as long as they are not overwatered. You may need to water your Peace Lily deeply once a week (depending on conditions), but giving Snake Plant (or even a Fiddle Leaf Fig) that much water will probably rot its roots.
To avoid messy leaks, make sure your pots have deep saucers or opt for sealed cover pots.
Check plant labels to determine the appropriate light and water requirements for your plants and arrange the collection accordingly.
Follow these few simple rules and you will be enjoying your indoor rainforest for years to come.