Hello it seems to be a long time since I wrote anything at all about interiors. I have been ignoring this space more in favor of my green friends. Time to change that 🙂 While out shopping earlier today I stumbled across these really old vintage floral tile coasters. I loved them unfortunately I could not buy them as they were exorbitantly expensive but those lovely tiles got me thinking that floral tiles will look so stunning in a bathroom wall. Here are ten of my favorite bathrooms where floral tiles have been used.
Bees and butterflies ? You must be thinking that this is a pretty intriguing title for a blog post focusing on interior design and plants..:) Actually I want to write about the few plants you can grow in containers to attract bees and butterflies. Basically container gardening which can be placed anywhere from a balcony to a terrace or a patio with plants that will attract butterflies and bees. Here are my top picks.
Lavender not only smells divine but also attracts bees and butterflies. It’s not just the lovely purple flowers that are fragrant, the silvery leaves are also fragrant and add to the overall appeal of these lovely plants. Lavender needs the sun for most of the day so a sunny balcony/terrace or even a window sill which receives ample sunlight throughout the day is most suitable for best results. It needs neutral or alkaline free draining soil.
It is probably one of the most recognized herbs in a chef’s garden. Oregano is very easy to grow and look after. The leaves of the oregano plant are very small and dark green in colour. It produces tiny white, pink or purple flowers which are very attractive to bees. Oregano will grow very well in partial sun and give good results if it is not wet for long lengths of time. It is an ideal plant for a windowsill garden.
Verbena is the ideal plant to cascade over retaining walls, hanging baskets, windowsill planters and also trellis plants for terrace gardens. These plants are extremely attractive to bees and butterflies. There are a lot of varieties and hybrids of many different species are what we see as the common verbenas today. It is a heat tolerant plant and is great as border plants for pathways and as fillers for container gardens.
Pentas are perennials and growing these plants in your garden is an economical way to introduce colour and texture all year round. The five-pointed petals on the flowers give these resilient plants their name. These are low maintenance plants and will reward you with blooms all year round as long as they get plenty of water, heat and sunshine. Pentas not only attract butterflies, they are very attractive to humming birds as well.
A truly beautiful low growing type of ground cover plant is Portulaca sometimes also known as the sun rose or the moss rose. These plants require sunlight and well-drained soil although it does thrive in most kinds of soil. They are best used as fillers in borders along pathways in the garden with their burst of different colored flowers which include pink, red,yellow, white, cream, orange and deep lavender. They can successfully used in small container gardens. They attract butterflies.
6. Passiflora Incarnata
This plant is a fast growing perennial vine. It has got complex but beautiful purple flowers. These are bee attracting flowers and they also attract hummingbirds. They can be grown in a sunny balcony or a window sill but will require a trellis for efficient fast growth. They grow well in full sun to partial shade and should not be kept wet for too long but they are happy in moist conditions. They prefer well-drained soil.
These pretty flowers comes in hues of blues, purples and pinks and a yellow center. They are very attractive to both bees and butterflies. Aster grows well in average soil which should be moist but not wet for best results. It needs a sunny place for best results. They are perennials so if looked after well will award you with pretty flowers throughout the year.
These low maintenance South African annuals will make butterflies flock to your garden. Gazania flowers thrive in full sun and grows well in soil of low fertility hence it is easy to grow them without too much fuss. These plants prefer sharply drained soil hence is perfect for rock gardens and also have great tolerance for soil so perfect for seaside gardens too. They can be planted on the outer edges of a container garden.
9. Hydrangea macrophylla
These pretty flowers are native to Japan. They do not flower during the cold season. They are extremely attractive to bees and butterflies. It requires moist, organic and fertile soil. They grow well in full to partial shade and do not do well in hot and dry conditions. These plants are salt tolerant so really good for sea-side gardens. The flower colour depends upon the soil pH. Acidic soil produces blue flowers whereas alkaline soil produces pink flowers.
10. Clitoria ternatea
This is a short-lived perennial herbaceous vine which does really well in moist neutral soil. The most striking part of this plant are its blue flowers. Some varieties yield white flowers. The flower has medicinal properties and is used as a natural food dye. The flower is attractive to both bees and butterflies. It is popularly known as Butterfly Pea and is usually grown in full sunlight but is mildly shade tolerant.
Hello, so are you wondering why you should have plants in the bathroom at all? There are several studies that have been carried out which proves that apart from making your bathroom feel and look like a luxury spa, it is really beneficial to have plants in the bathroom for the following reasons:
- Indoor plants improve air quality.
A study by NASA proves that some of the indoor houseplants are very effective in filtering the air. Some of these most common indoor plants are spider plant, boston fern, peace lily are few of which can also thrive very well in our bathrooms.
2. Increases your energy levels.
Just like taking a shower makes us feel more energetic and also prepares us for the day, having a plant in the bathroom can more or less have the same effect on us.
3. Improves mental health.
Plants have a positive effect on your mental health, helps improve relationships and communication and also gives a perception of a higher quality of life. These findings have been backed by studies, so this is more than enough reason to have a few plants indoors, and also in the bathroom.
Now that we have established the benefits of having a few of our green friends in the bathroom, let’s take a look at 5 of the easiest plants to find, look after and keep in the bathroom.
- Aloe Vera
2. Spider Plant
4. Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue
5. Boston Fern
Did you find the above piece informative? Do you have any specific queries regarding plants and their upkeep and maintenance ? Please feel free to post a question here. Do share any tips you might have to look after these plants better.
With houseplants almost being an intrinsic part of any good interior design scheme, it’s good to broaden our knowledge about these plants. Given their variety, colour, texture and nature of these beautiful resilient plants, succulents are some of the most popular indoor plants today. Let’s take a look at the Zebra Cactus or Haworthia today.
Haworthias are almost always small and very slow-growing plants but tend to look really attractive in unusual containers or interesting soil mixes. Here are some ten fun facts about the Zebra Haworthia:
- There are more than 700 species of Haworthia, the Zebra Cactus is just one of them.
- They are really slow-growing succulents, hence very popular as a houseplant or table top indoor plant as they are always mostly low maintenance.
- Haworthias are not poisonous to people, cats or dogs.
- They are really compact plants so can be easily grouped in different sized containers. They look brilliant in different soil mixes as well.
- It is used in cosmetic preparations, like hand creams, shampoo and suntan lotions.
- Haworthia has medicinal properties as it produces aloe so it is soothing if applied to burns, cuts and also sunburn.
- These are succulents not Cacti and its name is derived from the horizontal zebra looking stripes.
- This plant is happiest where it can receive plenty of sun or bright light.
- These plants are native to South Africa.
- These lovely succulents make very easy to care for gifts suitable both for the office environment and home as well.
Let’s look at some stylish ways you can display this lovely succulent.
So what is a plant shelfie you would ask? Well gorgeous indoor plants in a shelf, yes of course. A ‘plant shelfie’ is very relevant to our times too as more and more people around the world make their homes in cities, urban centers where space is a definite constraint. As they say that it is when you have the maximum constraints you actually come up with the most creative solutions. So space has never been a drawback to the errant plant lover and hence the ‘plant shelfie’ was born. All your favourite plants arranged in a shelf. I have written earlier about my own plant shelfie, which I had so much fun styling, but let’s look at ten very unique but really simple ways you can display your plants in a restricted space.
So the few things to really keep in mind are:
- Reuse and recycle, any old shelf, ladder, fruit and vegetable crates, work with what you have.
- There are a few plants which can be looked after very easily and do really great indoors, use them to start with. My top 5 picks are:
– Jade plant
– Spider plant
– English ivy
– Snake plant.
- If you are a beginner start with one or two planters and take it from there.
- Try to use diferent kinds of planters (terracotta/concrete/ceramic) and vary the sizes to create interest and drama.
I would love to hear from you guys too. Any tips for the plant lover out there who wants to put together their first plant shelfie?
Marble is one of those timeless materials which will always be in trend. It is stylish, available in a wide range of looks and design. White marble has been quite popular over the years and in recent times it has been widely used in the kitchen, but today let’s take a look at green marble. It is totally stunning and I have been obsessing about this lovely material for a while now. Given a chance I would totally go for a green marble back splash in my kitchen. Let’s take a look at ten really cool products/interior spaces where green marble is the real star.
Did you enjoy this post? It will really be great to hear from you guys. Would you use green marble in your kitchen, bathrooms?
Merry Christmas everyone. It’s finally the holidays, so do you have all your gifts sorted out. Or like me you still have a lot of last minute shopping to take care of ! Worry not, there are some last minute gift ideas for you.
- For the Organised Person.
2. For the Plant Lover.
3. For the Art Lover.
4. For the Ceramic Lover
5. For the Furniture Lover
6. For the Etsy lover.
7. For the Cushion Collector….:)
This cheerful cushion cover from Chumbak will surely put a smile in your face.
8. For the Tray Collector.
9. For the India lover….:)
10. For the Rug Collector.
Happy holidays everyone. Did you get all your Christmas gifts sorted out ? I had a lot of fun putting together this list. Hope you enjoyed reading it to.