Back in 2014, I wrote an article for AO Life declaring that House Plants were back and that the trend would continue for the foreseeable future. And it certainly has. We’ve seen the burst of succulents in terrariums, faux plants that look just like real thing, kitchens and bathrooms overflowing with life and tiny pots lining every windowsill.
There are two things I’ve also noticed with this trend. Plants are getting bigger (indeed some are actually more trees than plants), and they’re getting higher, hanging from ceilings and walls. The humble houseplant is rising in more ways than one and for a botany lover like myself, this can only be good news.
I recently spoke to Igor Josif of Happy Interiors Blog and Judith De Graff of Joelix, who invite bloggers around the globe to share their love of plants through their collaborative project, Urban Jungle Bloggers.
Their community has now grown to include over 600 plant lovers receiving newsletters and more than 10,000 Instagrammers sharing the hashtag #urbanjunglebloggers. There are also around 60-70 international bloggers taking part each month, sharing posts with their followers using a different green theme, whether it’s the gift of plants, showing a seasonal display, styling shelves with plants or creative containers. These are collectively displayed on Igor and Judith’s Pinterest Board of the same name which currently has over 30,000 followers, and favourites are featured on their website each month.
Taking inspiration from Igor and Judith’s carefully curated boards, I wanted to share some of the inspiration I found, chat to them about these house plant trends and get some insider tips on creatively displaying your green thumb.
Larger Plant Species
In the larger plant categories, we see everything from Fiddle Leaf Figs, Monstera delicosa, Kentia Palms, wild grown rubber plants and Cactus.
Judith tells us, larger plants are trending indeed – the only prerequisite is that they have a large enough space. Larger plants are often seen as very sculptural additions to interiors that often act as the main eye catcher in a space.
Large plants create drama in a space, taking centre stage and generally they’re more resilient given their root growth over time, but it’s the perfect way to fill an empty corner or add height to a roomscape.
Igor gives us these tips: Often, these large plants do not need further green additions – they act as a single player that breathes life into a room or even becomes the centrepiece of it. You can also opt for a pair of large plants and use them to add symmetry and informal structure to your room.
Hanging Ceiling Plants
In hanging plants, we’re seeing a trend for Staghorn Ferns, String of Pearls and the humble Spider Plant as well as easy to care for air plants.
Igor tells us: This is a fab trend for those living small. Take your plants up high and hang them from the ceiling thus creating cool and unexpected hanging gardens. Whether it is one single plant or a line-up of hanging planters, the options are almost unlimited with numerous planters ranging from different sizes to various shapes and materials. Ideal plants are any kind of creeping plants like a pothos or hanging succulents like the donkey tail plant.
It’s also a fantastic way to add height, drawing the eye upwards to tumbling leaves from above. Use a macramé hanger for a 70s boho vibe or craft a simple DIY one (check out our copper hanging planter tutorial here).
Another big trend is the indoor wall garden. You can choose anything from a simple wall hanger, allowing leaves to create organic texture on a plain wall to a full scale wall design, the only limit being your imagination and willingness to care for them.
Creative indoor wall gardens stretch from DIY palette gardens to elaborately designed wall planters that put plants into an unexpected spot thus creating interest and saving room for those with limited floor space, Judith explains.
The most important consideration with wall plants is watering, she adds. These systems should be easy enough to water your plants – a good alternative are plants that humidify themselves through the air or only need some spraying over – think of airplants, ferns, moss and similar plants.
Whats next for House Plants?
I asked Igor and Judith what the next big thing in house plants will be: We think in the future we will see more solutions that will make plants an essential part of our living environment. We will see more designers and furniture makers considering plants as part of their designs thus making living with plants not a lifestyle but a natural given factor.
I love the sound of that, don’t you?
No matter what plant you choose, doing your research is always paramount to ensuring they thrive. Getting the balance between over or under-watering and moving a plant to various areas in the home until it’s happy with the quality and amount of light it receives will always take some trial and error, but finding out first what kind of environment your plant likes, will always take some of the guesswork out of it.
If you’d like to learn more about Urban Jungle Bloggers or if you fancy taking part yourself, please visit Igor and Judith’s site here.
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