My name’s Amy and I’m addicted to buying houseplants.
Now I’ve had a little google to see where this trend for houseplants has come from and it would seem it’s us “millenials”! We live in inner cities, in apartments, with cats and no kids, so apparently need things to nurture and help us bring the outside in! Hmm so what’s my excuse? I live in the suburbs, in a house, with two young boys….oh but wait I do have cats!!…
Actually, I do know who I can blame for my houseplant obsession, Pinterest! The Pinterest boards of these trendy millenials in their inner city apartments, and I’m just adapting the trend to my new home. As soon as we had our offer accepted on the house I got stuck into home decor inspiration on Pinterest and it was awash with cacti, succulents and houseplants, “the top ten trendy indoor plants,” “how to care for your succulents,” etc. And so my first foray into the world of succulents, cacti and houseplants began in June – i’m a newbie really! But what I lack in experience I certainly make up for in enthusiasm. In 16 weeks I have added 29 houseplants to my collection, to some that may sound a lot, but when you see some of the great insta accounts out there like @tribeandus and @the.hectic.eclectic, really 29 houseplants is nothing and I want more, more, more!
Where do I get my houseplants you may (not haha) be asking, well my absolute fave place on earth is Bents garden centre in Glazebury in Warrington , it not only has a great range of indoor plants, but tonnes of outdoor plants, a fabulous array of homewares, a lovely restaurant selling the best cakes, and the best Christmas shop ever! I think I might just live there. I’m counting down the days until the Christmas shop opens and I can get my fill of Xmas decorations for the new house and have a peruse (and purchase) in the houseplants section.
I’ve also bought plants from other garden centres closer to home, B&Q and Aldi, but a great place to buy them is Waitrose online, they quite often have 20% off offers and I ordered 4 yesterday with discount, and if you spend over £50 it’s free delivery!
For further inspiration and learning I have just bought myself a great book called ‘Urban Jungle’, by the founders of the amazing insta account @urbanjunglebloggers and it gives great hints and tips on styling your houseplants and looking after them. So I definitely recommend that if you’re just starting out like me!
Now onto my favourites of all my babies, I mean plants (hehe), one of the most popular houseplants at the moment is the good old Monstera (cheese plant), it even has its own Insta hashtag #monsteramonday. This plant really does have amazing leaves and is a lovely rich, dark green colour which looks very pleasant in my dark floored living room. The only downside to this plant is it is poisonous! So I have to keep all felines and children of the house from chewing it!
I’m also a fan of my new aloe Vera plant but that could be down to the gorgeous brass planter from la redoute that I’ve put it in! So much love as well for my large pot of cacti from Dobbies which are a fair size and I was made up when when I found them! I have my heart set on a really big cactus, the kind I keep seeing on insta and Pinterest but as of yet I’ve not seen any bigger than the one I’ve bought, so I guess I’ll keep looking!
What’s become a bit of a pain/challenge is finding nice, trendy pots to put my collection in. I have plants without pot covers, and pot covers without plants as they come in such a variety of shapes and sizes I’m finding it difficult matching them up! Even being armed with a tape measure and knowledge of the measurements of my existing plant pots hasn’t helped, doh.
So, in conclusion, I am loving adding these green beauties to my home and I don’t see this new hobby waning any time soon, especially as you can change up the look of a room weekly if you wish just by swapping and changing your plants around. And hey, the added bonus is they purify the air making us all breathe that little bit clearer! And you can’t complain about that!
Thank you for reading, if indeed you still are and please do let me know with a comment if you’re a big houseplant fan and if so which are your faves and which do you plan to buy next?