With the number of people who own a garden dwindling, time spent outside with nature too has fallen. Over recent years, the hobby of gardening has moved indoors. Research has shown that just looking at your plants evokes positive feelings. The health benefits of having plants indoors are endless and we’re going to break down the best house plants, their health benefits and how to care for them.
What Are The Best House Plants?
Everyone knows of the sleeping benefits of lavender but did you know that in recent studies, lavender has also been known to reduce heart rates in stressful situations? With the warmer months, you’ll also be pleased to know that lavender can act as a natural bug repellent.
Lavender requires a lot of natural sunlight. Placing it near a window is ideal for growing lavender indoors. As well as natural sunlight, lavender needs fresh air to revitalise so keeping windows open for a couple of hours a day will help your lavender flourish.
Despite its ominous name, Devil’s Ivy is a joy to have around. Not only is it one of the easier plants to care for but is also extremely efficient and purifying the air.
Devil’s ivy is non-fussy when it comes to sunlight. The plant can thrive in both bright sunlight or dappled sunlight within the home. Devil’s ivy does require fertiliser but doesn’t need feeding more than twice a month during the warmer months and once a month during the winter. Why not pick up a liquid fertiliser which is added to your watering can. Simple!
One of the best benefits to air plants is that you don’t need to have a green thumb at all to care for them. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, with their variety in shapes and colours, air plants are also air-purifying and have the ability to reduce the humidity levels in a room, helping to fight colds quicker.
Air plants require bright, indirect sunlight. If you’ve placed your air plant in a particularly bright location, you’ll need to mist your air plant more regularly. While air plants don’t necessarily need a lot of water, as mentioned previously, misting is required to keep the plant moist. Alternatively, you can soak your air plant. This all depends on the amount of light which you plant is receiving, causing it to potentially dry out quicker. When it comes to air plants, caring for them is trial and error
While not typically a house plant, eucalyptus can indeed be grown indoors. Eucalyptus has been used for many years to aid with a multitude of ailments. The most popular use for eucalyptus is to clear air passages to ease congestion.
Eucalyptus plants thrive in a large cone-shaped pot and require watering on a regular basis. Eucalyptus requires full sunlight to thrive so a patio would be an ideal location to keep your eucalyptus.
A Dedicated Space for Your Houseplants
If you’re a self-diagnosed plant addict, what better reason to build a garden room than to have a dedicated home for all your house plant? Give your plants all the light they need with the ability to customise how many windows you have and where to place them. Give yourself and your plants the space needed to grow and thrive. To find out more about what Green Retreats has to offer, why not get in touch and have the opportunity to speak with one of our knowledgable members of the team. You can also visit our garden rooms page to find out about our ranges or visit our ideas gallery for more inspiration.
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Our garden rooms are priced based on the internal sizes rather than the exterior footprint, making it easier for you to plan your space. The price includes base, installation and VAT so there are no (nasty) surprises when it comes to final payment!