You cannot underestimate the power of those finishing touches when completing an interior design. You have spent weeks perfecting the look of your home and spent a small fortune. You still might feel that something is missing. It could be that you have forgotten the flowering house plants that create the connection between you and the outside. There is no better designer than nature, and the addition of a few pots could be the difference you are looking for.
Here we explore the best flowering house plants to liven up your space.
If you want a low care plant with lovely flowers and waxy leaves, then you can’t get simpler than a Peace Lily. These flowering house plants look like they would be a challenge to grow, but this is not the case at all. In reality, you will have to work harder to keep this plant in check, as they grow at a tremendous rate and can quickly dominate a room.
This is the plant that is best for those of us who forget to water our leafy friends. The Peace Lily can live for many days without watering and can flourish in low light conditions.
One of the best facets of the Peace Lily is that it can remove toxins from the air. Therefore, with this flowering houseplant, you also get a natural air purifier. This is an added benefit for those that struggle with sensitivity to some allergens.
Another plant for those who struggle to keep plants alive is the Poinsettia. You might associate this as a plant we give as a gift in festive holidays, but a Poinsettia is not just for Christmas. The bright contrast between the greens and reds offers a highlight to a room. Although this plant is relatively hardy, it is a tropical specimen. Therefore, if you want this to thrive, then you will need to provide light, warmth and some protection from drafts.
If you are entirely comfortable with your green fingers and believe you have the credentials to grow even the most challenging flowering house plant, then try Jasmine. Growing Jasmine indoors is possible, as long as it receives a few hours of direct sunlight. If you live in parts of the world that are pretty cool, then you should choose Jasminum Polyanthum – as most other species need more warmth.
A particular favourite is Impatiens. These are shade-loving annuals that thrive outside. However, it is possible to grow them indoors and enjoy the plant year-round. As with Jasmine, the Impatiens can be a little more temperamental about its living space than some other house plants. For the best outcome, you need a room temperature between 50 – 55F and where it won’t receive too much direct sunlight. It would be best placed somewhere where it will receive direct morning sunlight.
Even when not flowering, this house plant can offer some beautiful showy purple foliage. It needs a bright spot, and you need to allow the soil to dry out between watering. However, with the right care, you will be treated with some beautiful white and pink flowers. This is lovely on a windowsill and can add some much-needed depth to a room.
If you want drama, then you need a bit of Susan in your life. These large, vibrant yellow flowers – with the black eye in the centre, are nothing short of a diva. You will need to do some research, checking to see if the climate will support this plant in your home, as it is a little sensitive. However, if you keep it near the window and provide it with lots of sunlight, then you can get lots of pleasure from Black-Eyed Susan.
For those of you with the courage to spare and the greenest of fingers, you could try cultivating orchids. We do not want to fool you into believing that this is a task for just anyone. You do not just grow an orchid, but instead, gently nurture it into life. You will be rewarded for your efforts with the most stunning and delicate house plant. It will steal the show in anyone’s room and become the talking point with your friends.
Edward is the managing director of Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs. He is an expert in quality, comfortable upholstered chairs.