A collection of house plants on a shelf

Five favourites – house plants

Writer and gardener Alice Vincent shares her five favourite house plants

Alice Vincent (Photographer – Giles Smith)

The defining gardening trend of the past decade has been a resurgence of interest in house plants. With the fascination for indoor gardening showing no sign of dying down, and certain varieties of tropical and arid plants commanding high sums and social media cache, here are five of my favourite indoor plants to try growing yourself.


Maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum)

Adiantum raddianum

Ah, the Maidenhair Fern – a plant I love so much that I literally have the delicate leaves of one tattooed on my arm. For me, this was a love-at-first-sight plant. There’s something impossibly elegant about the fine filigree of its arching branches, the way the pale green leaves collide with the stark black stalks.

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