By Ari Liakeas
Another year ends, and a new one begins. The last few years brought many changes for many people, with some of us becoming totally remote workers and spending our office hours at home. So, 2023 is the perfect time to turn your home office space into a magical oasis and introduce some new plant friends into your environment.
It’s becoming increasingly common knowledge that bringing plants into the home can really transform it into a place of peace and sanctuary. Nature has a beautiful way of uplifting our moods and helping us feel more connected to the natural world.
I’m always talking to my plants. Yes, hands up, I am a crazy plant lady! I get so much joy out of having greenery in my environment that one of the first things I do when moving to a new apartment is to locate the right areas of the house for my plants to thrive.
So whether you are a budding horticulturist, already green-fingered like Monty Don or utterly new to plants but feel they would be a good and healthy element to bring into your home environment, here is an excellent selection of the most fashionable plants to have in your home in 2023!
As I was researching for this article, I found the most common plant world theme for 2023 was flowers, flowers and more flowers. I love this particular plant trend; why wouldn’t we want a plethora of flowering plants brightening up our homes with their majestic colours and intoxicating scents? Bonus: you can save money on buying cut flowers that only last a few weeks by growing some that last for months. Potted floristry for the win!
The timelessly elegant Orchid (Orchidaceae) is the number one of all flowering plants. This plant brings sophistication into any home, and since they come in such a beautiful variety of colours, they fit any colour scheme. My favourite is the Tiger Orchid.
Don’t Toil In Soil; Go Hydro Or Air!
Many plants love growing in water, such as Lucky Bamboo, so if you have a busy lifestyle, they could offer the perfect opportunity to bring plants into the home while minimising maintenance.
If you require a super low maintenance plant, the Air Plants (Tillandsia is an excellent option. Yes, they literally live off the air, pulling moisture and nutrients from the environment around them. They can live on other plants in your home by sitting in the leaves like in their natural habitat. Or you can get funky glass containers and make them an artistic centrepiece. When I first encountered these plants at an artisan market in Scotland, it became a love-at-first-sight relationship!
Go Big In Your Home With Plants For Large Spaces
If you have lots of space with good natural light in your home and want to fill it with luscious greens and foliage, Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai’ White Bird’) is a great plant to choose. Although it generally does not flower indoors unless you have lashings of light available, if it does, it will produce a bloom that looks like a brightly coloured bird. Even if it doesn’t flower, it is a dramatic bolder-than-life plant which grows tall and strong.
Brighten Small Spaces And Low Light Areas
Bring a pop of colour into smaller spaces with a Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana). This plant would look great on a small window sill, as it does need around six hours of light a day. It has the unique skill of flowering in winter, bringing beautiful vibrancy into the home in the dark months. It is also a type of succulent, meaning it doesn’t require as much watering care as some plants. Yay!
A very hardy house plant that requires low to medium light and is very easy to look after is the Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata). They can grow small or large depending on how much light you can give them access to. A great plant if you have little natural lighting.
The Plant That Just Keeps Giving
Also known as the money plant, The Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata) is used in Feng Shui to bring luck, abundance and prosperity into your life. This aspect also makes it an excellent choice for your home office space. It has the wonderful capability to produce more plants by dropping its leaves which then take root and grow more plants. The healthier it is, the more prosperous you will become!
So there you have it, our suggestion for bringing some fashionable plants into your house for 2023. Bringing some leafy friends into your life is a beautiful way to get colourful flowers, green giants and funky plant-inspired art into your home. Have a great time creating your oasis and natural world sanctuary as you embrace the New Year.
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