If you opened up this blog post hoping for gardening tips, I am so sorry to disappoint. You see, when green thumbs were handed out, I apparently didn’t qualify for one. But I am going to talk about botany so bear with me.
I recently met up with some friends for dinner and drinks at a Charlotte hotel and noticed that there were plants everywhere. After spending a few minutes debating whether the plants were real or faux (we discovered they were authentic), something dawned on me. There was something really special about being in an indoor space surrounded by foliage.
This brings me to my point. According to horticulturists, plants help to reduce the VOCs in an environment and have been known to reduce stress levels in people while simultaneously increasing productivity. That alone is reason enough to consider using plants in many more of our design projects and spaces.
While bringing nature in is vital, it is also important to practice restraint when doing so. Otherwise your home could end up looking like a jungle – not a good look at all. Today I want to feature the work of a few designers who have knocked it out of the park with some of the most popular plant life out there – the fiddle-leaf, the palm, the fern and the banana plant.
The Fiddle-leaf Fig Tree
Sunrooms or solariums are ideal spaces to showcase plants. Because of all of the glass, natural light is abundant in these spaces. In this solarium, Miles Redd uses one of the most popular types of trees right now – the fiddle-leaf. With its long trunk and perfectly sized leaves, the fiddle-leaf fig tree makes its mark without appearing too wild and out of control.
I love the fiddle-leaf fig tree so much that I used it in one my own designs. I decided to go faux since the homeowners travel consistently and can’t afford to give it the TLC it needs.
The Palm Tree
Palm trees instantly make me think tropical, especially since I am originally from the hot country of Panama. In this stunning design by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, statuesque palm trees take this outdoor space to a new level. But that doesn’t mean that we have to resort to using these beautiful botanical structures in the backyard.
Designer Sig Bergamin brings a larger than life palm tree into the loft of this Brazilian home. When it comes to trees, I agree that it’s better to go big or go home. One large palm tree like this one creates a focal point that is much more impactful than having a small plant tucked in a corner.
The tree fern can seem like a fuddy-duddy when you put it alongside the fiddle-leaf fig tree, the palm tree and the banana plant, but if your space is wide and high it can be a wonderful solution to your pursuit of nature. The fern grows much wider than some of these other plants featured here. And if you think the fern looks just like the palm, let me burst your bubble right now. The fern is a non-flowering plant while the palm has flowers. There, that’s the extent of my horticulture knowledge.
The Banana Plant
The banana plant is just gorgeous. Its oversized leaves and its fullness make it a sight to behold. In this entryway, it is the perfect complement to the stunning black and white harlequin floors.
The only downside to banana plants is that unless they are in their natural tropical habitat, they won’t produce fruit. But at least they will look good!
Hopefully, after reading this post you will be willing to take a walk on the wild side. Indoor plants are a good way to keep the bugs away while getting your “green” on. Instead of waiting until Christmas to put a tree in your house, head over to your nearest nursery to explore your botanical options this summer.