IN LOVE WITH THE BOTANICS TREND
You’ve probably heard through the grapevine there’s a new trend growing in the design world… The Botanics Trend! Seeing as we’re major pot fans, we’re definitely inspired by this naturally beautiful homewares movement. (Ah! So many puns!) Bringing plants into your home is a stunning way to present fresh new life through any space. Dress up corners or desks with plant stands, keep an eye out for hanging fixtures — such as macramé fittings, hanging terrariums or even upside down planters — but never underestimate the value of a simplistic pot and plant setting.
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The perfect plant and/or plant arrangement can do so much. The mere accent of a botanic accessory provides a notch of the eclectic and adds a bit of dramatic flair. Modern-inspired interiors can benefit from textural foliage and sculptural leaves, while more amorous environments thrive from softer, draping silhouettes. The key factor here is 50 Shades of Green. This trend tends to stray from colors, and rather embraces the dichotomy of indoor vs. outdoor characteristics — a reconnection with nature.
So, now that winter is on the radar, having plants in your living/working areas is more important than ever. Without getting too much into the scientific statistics, it’s essential to note that using indoor plants will significantly reduce Volatile Organic Compounds and carbon dioxide from your home, thus creating a healthier, greener and more pleasant atmosphere. Above and beyond all, living amongst nurtured houseplants is stylish and relaxing.
For the past few seasons, we’ve had a blast with the succulent and the cactus, but here are our current favorites that represent the essence of this botanical trend:
A tropical plant, native to the Solomon Islands, the Devil’s Ivy can grow about 20 to 40 feet in its native land, but as a houseplant, the vine maxes out at about 8 feet (phew). With its length and luster, this plant looks amazing on a high table or hanging from a fixture that allows its vines to gradually drape over the sides of a pot. Keep the soil well drained, but otherwise, this plant is rather easygoing and works well in a variety of situations, making it a go-to for the home.
RUBBER TREE PLANT
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This plant is a very sculptural fixture, known for a beautiful deep green tones and its ability to take on interesting shapes and sizes — it can get up to 50 feet tall! With the Rubber Tree, it’s all about providing the proper balance of water and light, as it shouldn’t have too much of either. Yes, this is true of all plants, but in particular, a Rubber Tree has some specific specifications including indirect sunlight and seasonal changes in watering.
MOTHER IN LAWS TONGUE
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This is a very versatile plant, named for its lengthy, sharply shaped leaves. It might sound intimidating, but it’s actually a very sturdy, structural piece of greenery. With stiff, upright stance that stands around 3 or 4 feet tall, the Mother in Law differs in form from the similar Snake Plant due to its featuring yellow border. They’re known for being tough, as they can withstand a wide range of conditions from light and dark to cool and warm.
FIDDLE LEAF FIG
Defined by glossy, violin-shaped leaves, the Fiddle Leaf can be styled to suit both a romantic or minimalistic aesthetic. It’s pretty and crisp, but the Fiddle Leaf is fiddlier than others. Choose a spot where it can get plenty of light for as much of the day as possible, but ensure your tree isn’t getting direct sunlight. This sounds like an oxymoron, but focused rays can damage its luscious green hues, so aim for saturated brightness.
Peace. Love. Plants. The Peace Lily is highly tolerable inside. It requires low light and just a weekly watering, however it is poisonous to pets. Still, its handsome, profound green hues graced with white blooms fashion an appealing edge — not to mention, the Peace Lilly ranks high on the purifying-air charts.
A few basic botanical cares:
- To each plant their own... Every plant has a tried-and-true method for health. Be sure to research the type of plants you choose and find a system that works best.
- The number one killer of indoor plants is over-watering. It’s OK to love on your greens, just make sure you’re doing it the appropriate amount. Monitor watering at all times!
- Occasionally wipe down leaves with a damp cloth, on both the upper and lower surfaces. This helps remove dust, unclog pores and also keep insects away. Plus, it keeps your greens succulent and shinny.
- Rotate your plants every now and then, turning them around in their pots to keep growth symmetrical.
Until next week,
Mitch & Crystal
- Mitchel Lindsay