To those like me, with a slightly less than green thumb, veering towards the brown even, this one is for you. Too many of my clearly gifted co-workers, apartment dwellers, every single one of them I kid you not, are the proud owners of a miraculous garden. Lush and verdant, bright and beautiful. A profusion of flowers, cunningly interspersed with herbs, vegetables, leafy greenery and fruit. A source of justifiably great pride for them, but something the sad minority of us believed we could never aspire to. So, now is the time to change that and work to demystify the whole province of gardening. Starting small, let’s take a look at indoor plants which can double up as home décor. Here is a collection of Lazuli favourites, easy to maintain and great to decorate with. Another incentive to get going? Self-watering planters for the commitment phobic. Available at Green Carpet
in Koramangala, Bangalore these planters are wonderful. Your plants are taken care of when you travel or when hectic times descend, eliminating your freedom to water.
In this bright reading nook is a Purple Wandering Jew. This and all the other plants shown here thrive in indirect sunlight. All they need is a light watering every couple of days. If you would really like them to feel the love, fertilizing helps. Email us at email@example.com and we will show you the way.
Greenery in the bathroom, we dare you to find someone who wouldn’t love that! Pretty much maintenance free, the plants we’ve picked here are win-win. Serene and understated, the bathroom has an Arrow Head by the sink. The Arrow Head and its brethren, shown in the picture above are ideal in the bathroom. Best in a temperate and mildly humid environment, all you need to do is avoid direct sunlight and water lightly once a day. Looking for a long term relationship? Repot and fertilize. Again, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how.
Unobtrusive, yet adding immediate elegance in this bedroom is another Arrow Head. As we already know a little about how to care for the Arrow Head and Fern, let’s look at the Orchid and Indoor Begonia shown. Not complicated, all you need is indirect sunlight for the Orchid and as much sunlight as possible for your Indoor Begonia. Keep it right by the window perhaps. Water when you feel the soil is dry and repotting & fertilizing as always, a plus.
A riot of gorgeous flowers and green, so much green, in this living room. Quite literally brings a garden indoors. Now this is what I am determined I must have, come what may. Eminently achievable I have been assured kindly by the resident Lazuli experts. All of these plants have been picked for their great glamour quotient and low maintenance ratio. Indirect sunlight and water lightly once every two days. That’ll do it.
All the plants featured as well as the essentials for plant care can be found in the multitude of gardening stores and nurseries across Bangalore. Some of those we frequent are Garden Care
, MMF Nursery
, Indo American
, Orchid Tree
. Planters in all shapes, sizes, colours and styles, upping the entertainment factor of using indoor plants as décor are also so easily available today. Stores we love, Hybiscus
, Green Carpet
, My Sunny Balcony
Pruning, pinching back, fertilizing, repotting and all the other vital gardening techniques and tricks are things to learn as you go. If you would like more information or advise on in-depth plant care, do email us at email@example.com