Indoor plants are a staple of the modern home, softening our living spaces, introducing natural greenery, and filling awkward corners, plus studies show that they promote an array of physical and psychological benefits, from purifying our air, to reducing stress and boosting productivity.
So, we are particularly excited to introduce the House Beautiful range of indoor plants, now available to buy in Homebase stores. The collection features nine on-trend houseplants, from Instagram's favourite Monstera, to the elegant Paradise palm.
Featuring a fantastic s-shape and beautiful shiny leaves, the roots of the Ficus gingseng are still cultivated in China and Malaysia, then imported and finished in a greenhouse. If you are looking for an entry into the ancient Japanese art of Bonsai, this is a great place to start. It is very forgiving for beginners, and requires minimal care compared to other Bonsai.
With a great screen of foliage and unique braided stem, this striking plant is a popular low maintenance option, adapting extremely well to the indoors. A great gift for birthdays and housewarmings – under feng shui, a properly placed Pachira aquatica in the home or office can create positive energy and financial prosperity, hence its moniker, the money tree.
The Areca palm is a very popular indoor plant, bringing a touch of the tropics into your home. The leaves are a beautiful bright green, growing on clusters of slender, upright stalks. One of the best air purifying plants, it reduces harmful substances and increases the amount of oxygen in a room.
With its glossy leaves and light grey trunk, the ficus tree – or weeping fig – is a very popular indoor plant, despite being somewhat tricky to maintain. Their leaves range from a rich, dark green to variegated with paler edges. Ficuses are slow growers, but with the proper care, they can live for decades.
Philodendrons are native to tropical rainforests where they climb up trees – indoors, you can train them up a trellis or simply leave them to their own devices. Their large heart-shaped leaves come in a variety of colours, from a lush green to a deep red. Philodendrons are one of the easiest houseplants to maintain, and are also able to sequester pollutants, acting as a natural air filter.
Arguably the most on-trend houseplant, in recent years, the Monstera deliciosa, or Swiss Cheese Plant has taken over our Instagram and Pinterest feeds. This tall, tropical plant has uniquely perforated leaves and a vibrant glossy green colour that is reminiscent of its native jungle environment. Monstera is typically easy to maintain, but must be pruned back to keep a desired shape.
Ficus elastica mix
The Ficus elastica – also known as a rubber plant thanks to its glossy, leathery leaves – has a real retro feel, and a wide range of colourful leaves, from a rich, dark green to deep variegated pinkish reds. In its natural habitat it grows to over 30 metres tall, however indoor varieties are a much more manageable height.
The Dracaena marginata has five woody trunks each crowned with rosettes of attractive arching variegated foliage. These are tough, drought-tolerant plants that make excellent houseplants. It looks good on its own, and is also useful for providing height among a group of houseplants.
The Kentia palm, also known as Paradise Palm, is an elegant specimen plant with arching fronds. Incredibly popular in Victorian households, where it was displayed as an exotic status symbol, the Kentia palm even coped with the poor light and air in Victorian homes. It’s a slow grower that can take decades to reach its maximum height of 10 metres.
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