pileas by Mieke
I have a friend who, when she moved in with her boyfriend, made him get rid of the cat and the plants. Before you get upset, let me explain. She was allergic to the cat, and really, at that time your standard house plant was less than inspiring. (Just visit the indoor plant section at Home Depot to see what I mean.) I hate to admit it, but I agreed with her (though we always made an exception for succulents).
But that was probably 10 years ago, and fortunately the varieties of available plants have come a long way. So much so that I’ve changed my ways and have even started a pin board of my favorites.
I know that there are some holdouts out there, who still prefer to keep all greenery outside. But as the weather cools and the leaves fall, perhaps it’s time to reconsider.
succulent by Furze
fig by Mieke
photo by Sarah Andersen via La Casita
baby fingers plant by Anja
Sophie‘s ginkgo (These beauties have been around since the dinosaurs!)
Mieke’s photo of a stag horn fern featured in The Joy of Plants
Another inspired example from The Unexpected Houseplant: salad burnet in a bird’s nest. Image via Country Living.