Today, I want to share with you several super simple ways to decorate your home with indoor plants thanks to a bit of help from the fabulous ladies of the Back to Basics Series.
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Now, I just want to tell you guys upfront we mostly use a mix of faux stems, real flowers, potted plants, herbs and branches from around our property to decorate our home. To be perfectly honest, it took me a long time to consider using faux flowers or plants because I lived through the 90s where it was not uncommon for bright green plastic ivy to be dripping down from the tops of kitchen cabinets all over our hometown.
I have to say though faux flowers and plants have come a long way.
That being said, it is possible to decorate with several different types of plants, flowers and greenery if you prefer the real deal especially during this time of year when so many pretty things are blooming. Here are a few ideas to consider this Spring…
Potted Plants or Flowers
Peace Lily – this is a flowering plant and not a true lily. The Peace Lily is very forgiving and we’ve had this particular plant for about a year now.
We usually water it about once a week and dust off the leaves (outside) and while it loves shade it’s also thrived really well next to this window in our living room.
Blue Daze – this is one of our favorite indoor or outdoor plants because they are so easy to grow (we’re in coastal zone 9a). If you grow them outside they have the sweetest blue flowers but the longer they stay inside the less they bloom so make sure you place them near a sunny window because they like lots of daylight.
Blue Daze likes moist and well-draining soil. We water them nearly every day if they’re outside or every other day if they’re inside during the spring and summer and less frequently in the fall and winter.
Lantana – We usually grow smaller Lantana plants indoors in clay pots before placing them out on the front porch and then gradually adding more direct sunlight until we’re able to plant them in the ground. They are also forgiving and hardy in our area. As with the Blue Daze, in my experience, they don’t flower as well inside as they do outside but the green foliage is still pretty.
On a side note, several of my friends have had to take their dogs to the vet after having ingested Lantana. While I have not personally experienced this I know we all try to look out for each other so I thought I would pass it along.
Miniature Rosebush – I just picked up this Miniature Rosebush last week and according to the care tag, it will grow inside anywhere from 1-5 feet away from a sunny window. Our home is flooded with natural light so I’m really excited to see how it’s going to work out. Miniature Roses have thorns so keep them away from mischievous pets and littles.
Succulents – we started growing a variety of succulents about this time last year and I’m happy to report they are still growing. They’ve outgrown their container though so we’ll be trying them outside very soon.
We love cooking with herbs and adding fresh mint to teas and smoothies. My biggest tip for herbs is to not overwater them which I know it really hard sometimes.
Also, different herbs have different needs (think Rosemary vs Peppermint) so make sure you have them growing in the right container as well as have them in the right amount of sunlight.
Lavender is on my bucket list to learn how to grow this year!
Thankfully there are all different types to try especially one called “Phenomenal” that has been tested all over the South.
Flowering Trees and Branches
While I will always be on Team Peonies, Team Roses and Team Hydrangeas none of those are really conducive to living in a zone where Sea Oats can be found growing in the front yard.
I’ve come to appreciate the flowering trees that Florida has to offer from Flowering Pear Trees to Crepe Myrtles to Bridal Bushes and Magnolias.
Now I know that some of you might live in an apartment or a townhouse and may not have a lot of room for real plants or you might split your time between two homes or you might just think you have a black thumb. If any of those scenarios sound like something you can relate to, you’re in good company, I promise!
If that’s your current reality, consider picking up bouquets at your local farmers market or creating your own topiaries. We recently made these for Loblolly Manor and they were super easy to make. You can find out all the details here.
Be sure to check out which houseplants these fabulous ladies adore…