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Best Plants & Planters For Your Home

A Guide To House Plants

Plants are an amazing way to bring light, fresh air and a bit of freshness into your home. Combined with the right plant pot or planter they also add a beautiful decorative element to your room, no matter your interior style preference. Contrary to popular belief, house plants don't have to be hard to look after - and with the miracle of phone reminders, you'll never forget to water or tend again.

Our friends at Ferm Living have put together a guide that looks at the perfect house plants to choose for each room in your home, based on the ease at which you can keep them alive and help them thrive in different conditions. Each plant below is paired with a fantastic Ferm Living Planter / Plant Pot - all of which are available online at Utility.

Plants for the hallway

"Cacti grow during summer, and you should water them once a week. In the winter, you can reduce watering as it’s their natural rest period."

The cacti family is used to the desert, so while a dark hallway is a no-go, a hall with indirect sunlight from adjacent rooms or your front door will do just fine. Although most cacti live in the desert, it is wrong to assume that they don’t require any water. Cacti and succulents can store up water in their thick leaves, but they still need to be watered every now and then, as under-watering will cause shrivelling.

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House plants for your living room

"Turn the plant frequently to make it grow evenly, as the leaves will always reach for the light."

The Fiddle Leaf Fig has become quite the classic of houseplants in recent years and it's hardly a surprise - its large lush leaves give a fun jungle-like vibe and it's perfect for filling up empty spaces in larger rooms. This one loves sunlight, but if you have a corner of your living room that looks a little dull, you can place it there too if you make sure there is indirect sunlight. If you put the fig in a full-sun location, make sure to moist and dust off the leaves regularly to keep it looking its best.

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Best plants for your kitchen

"You may already have herbs like basil, thyme and rosemary in the kitchen for cooking but why not add a little extra decor in the form of the popular Spider plant."

They're very adaptable and will thrive in both sun and low-light. What's more, they're believed to help purify the air which will be a great benefit to your kitchen. The spider plant gets its name from the funny little spider-like offsprings it grows. While these are interesting to look at, make sure you don’t let too many of the babies stay on, as it will drain the mother plant for energy. Just cut them off and re-plant them, and soon you will have an entire little family of Spiders.

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Dining room plants

"Let's be frank: Calatheas aren't the easiest plant to take care of, but with their unique leaves and patterns they are so beautiful that they're worth the effort."

They don’t like too much sun so make sure not to place them in a window – they will love a corner of your dining room. They can grow to be about 1 metre, so put them on the floor where it will usually also be a bit darker. The tricky part with the Calathea is that they heavily rely on moisture so as well as remembering to water them 2-3 times a week it's important that they also get a misting with lukewarm water to keep the leaves free of dust. Dusty leaves  will limit its ability to absorb light and humidity of other plants in the room.

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House plants for the bathroom

"The trick to matching plants with a specific room in your home is getting to know the plants and their natural habitat. Fittonia grows in South America in tropical forests and is used to less light and high humidity."

Also known as the Mosaic Plant due to its marvellous leaf texture, the Fittonia will thrive in any bathroom, even one without a large window but it's a creeper, so we like to put ours in a planter or in a hanging pot. They're also great in a terrarium, which as you know is the household equivalent of the jungle this plant is used to.

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Indoor plants for the bedroom

"This fern looks lovely and sweet but it does have little thorns so careful with handling it. It's also very toxic to cats and dogs so bear that in mind if you've got pets."

The Asparagus Fern is about as easy as a plant get. It only requires to be watered now and then, and although it likes the sunlight, it won’t be too bothered if you place it somewhere darker. It’s virtually indestructible, so even the most forgetful of us will be able to keep it alive. It likes to be watered but if you happen to forget it, don’t worry. It won’t really mind.

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Best office plants

"You work better when you feel great. Create the optimal conditions in your office by surrounding yourself with green plants."

The Rubber Plant has large, dark green leaves and will grow big if you let it. It's easy to care for as long as you make sure it gets a good amount of bright and natural light (avoid direct or low light). It's used to moist conditions so make sure you don’t place it too close to a heater or a drafty window and mist the leaves whenever you feel it needs a little extra.

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