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Going Green

14-Dec-2020 12:56:58

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Whether you’re staging your home or not, house plants are a wonderful way to transform the rooms of your home. Adding greenery not only injects colour and structure into a space, it also creates a sense of relaxation and boosts mood. Plants can even reduce noise levels and improve air quality, so with all that going for them, what’s holding you back?

For those of us who don’t have naturally green thumbs, choosing the right plants is the key. Succulents are generally hardy and drought tolerant which is perfect for busy people. They also come in a wide variety of interesting shapes. Containers with good drainage and using succulent or cactus potting mix are recommended to keep succulents at their best.

Looking for something delicate for the bathroom or a bedroom? String of Pearls, with its delicate tendrils of round beads, look
wonderful hanging or draping over the edge of a table or pedestal. For something more rugged, the Bunny Ear Cactus looks great, but take care when handling. With its irritating barbs, this is not the ideal plant for those with small children or curious pets.

If succulents aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other resilient plants that can add interest to a room. Snake plants are extremely
hardy and make a great statement piece with their tall, contrasting coloured leaves. Philodendrons and Pothos are leafy, easy care options that are true survivors and make great hanging plants. For larger spaces, consider a Rubber Plant or for a lower maintenance
option, try a Dragon Tree.

This article is featured in Harcourts' Property Focus, Issue 6 2020.

Topics: DIY, New Zealand, Decoration, property focus, Home Decor & Furnishing