It's easy to create a colourful indoor display by combining house plants with attractive, lush foliage in an ornamental container. The plants will look good all year round and are easy to care for.
Start by choosing a container in your favourite colour, or one that matches your home décor, then select foliage plants to complement it. Choose small house plants in 7cm or 9cm pots, as they are cheap and widely available in garden centres, and they won’t outgrow the container too quickly.
Suitable foliage plants include: earth star (Cryptanthus bivittatus), emerald ripple (Peperomia caperata), false aralia (Schefflera elegantissima), parlour palm (Chamaedorea elegans), polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum), mosaic plant (Fittonia albivenis) and spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum).
You can also add a few flowering plants, such as peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii), African violet (Saintpaulia), flaming Katy (Kalanchoe) or Cape primrose (Streptocarpus), although they won’t last as long as the foliage plants.
After three or four months, lift and separate the plants and repot into their own containers. This will allow them to grow healthily without competing with one another. As the display is a temporary arrangement, you can easily combine plants with different care requirements without causing them harm.
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