Spring is almost here and with it comes gardening and seeing new foliage grow and flourish, it’s the season for rejuvenation.
But did you know that while you’re getting your garden ready for the sunny season your also working up a sweat! Wow. Maybe we can have our cake and eat it too.
As a gardening enthusiast, you've probably spent hours reading and exploring how to produce a healthier, more beautiful garden or simply how to keep your plants alive and thriving. But have you ever considered how gardening can produce a healthier you without ever having to consume a single home grown meal.
Swiss Cheese Plant; Monstera deliciosa is a native to the jungles of Southern Mexico and Guatemala, a very easy houseplant that needs space to grow giving your home that instant jungle feels. Possessing all the qualities that are required of a good houseplant this house plant is making a comeback.
The Monstera’s leaves are a rich green in colour and have a natural gloss to them which is heightened when plants are cleaned with a damp cloth, unless the leaves a new and soft. Cleaning the leaves will also help keep pests under control as they are prone to mealybugs on the undersides of the leaves. It’s also ideal to give them the occasional misting to help increase humidity.
Vertical gardens have been around for centuries all though the designs were not as we know them today. Grape vines and fruit trees adorned the walls of ancient Egyptian Palaces, so living walls are certainly achievable in even the harshest of climates and quite capable of bringing our modern day residential and balcony walls to life.
Space planning in high density living is a key factor in making sure your home works for you and the same concept can be applied to your urban garden or balcony.
Lucky for us we have so many options, being wall planters, balustrade planters the traditional pot or the lovely hanging planter/basket all being fantastic choices. Unfortunately though we don’t see hanging planters and baskets used enough.
The use of hanging planters as a decorative means is lovely, as they are perfect for colourful annuals and cascading succulents. There are some great plant options that look brilliant especially when placed above eye level, so today I'm sharing our favourites, so you too can enjoy the understated simplicity of cascading plants hanging from your balcony, patio and alfresco areas.
The Money Plant or Jade Plant is one of the most famous and popular of the many succulents used as indoor plants and known to be a symbol of vibrant energy; the owner’s fortunes are believed to increase with each new leaf and Feng Shui enthusiasts even claim it provides positive mental health benefits by nourishing the chi.