Problem: bud drop. Solution: If buds fall off a new flowering plant you’ve just brought home, it may have been shocked by the sudden change in its growing conditions. It should recover in time. Be sure your plant isn't sitting in a draft or in a spot that’s too hot or cold. You might also want to increase the surrounding humidity.
You don’t always need a large plant to make a statement. Unusual leaf shapes and textures draw the eye, too, and can make up for size in smaller homes or rooms. One way to create more impact with houseplants is to group several smaller plants that combine well. This trio features plants with variegated leaves: Dracaena ‘Lemon Surprise,’ polka dot plant (Hypoestes) and gold crest false aralia (Plerandra elegantissima ‘Gold Crest’). When combining plants, choose ones that need similar growing conditions. These plants thrive with medium to high light. If you love bright colors, select cachepots for plants that inject a pop of color.
When choosing a plant to make a bold statement in your home, instead of one single dramatic specimen, stage a grouping of several plants. This quartet features variegated houseplants that offer contrasting leaf textures that combine to create an eye-pleasing scene: dracaena surrounded by silver pothos, Aglaonema and spider plant. Stairstep pot sizes to stir more interest. Skip the cachepots and simply wrap plants in burlap for a unified look that’s natural and a ready complement to many decorating schemes.
Adding natural elements gives container gardens a custom look, says Joe Guggia, a California floral designer. He incorporates items, such as bamboo, willow and rocks, into his indoor displays. It all starts with the container, from faux stone rounds to slender metal squares to larger baskets.
Having interior plant designs is refreshing and air purifying, and it gives your spaces the calm that all our homes should have, says Joe Guggia, a California floral designer. He mixes greenery and natural elements, such as willow, for his large pieces of “foliage art.”
As pretty as a poem and kid-friendly to boot, this dining room gets the job done in style. White dining chairs and a cluster of glass globe lights add airiness to the look; the large houseplant brings in life.
With black trim around the windows and a chic faux-fur chair, this corner of the room feels stylish yet comfortable. A houseplant offers some shade from the morning light, allowing for easy reading, and accentuates the room's tall ceilings.
The custom-made console in the dining room features walnut slats individually placed at different depths to add dimension. Lots of houseplants bring nature into the space and connect it with the lush green views outside the window.
In the foyer, the ceiling stretches up over two stories high to create a soaring space. The brown wallpaper in the formal dining room matches the front door and pulls visitors into the rest of the house.
Weathered wood furnishings pair with delicate details like the trim chandelier to make a friendly, pretty impression in this foyer. A basket with crisp black-and-white stripes is a fun pop of pattern in the corner.