‘Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.’
LAURA INGALLS WILDER
Practically perfect in every way sitting sweetly on a shelf, effortlessly cleaning the air, reminding us of nature’s beauty and providing inspiration. This house or office-mate will awaken your senses and lift your spirits.
PEPEROMIA CAPERATA ROSSO:
This Brazilian Beauty, also known as an Emerald Ripple radiator plant, has dark, deeply grooved leaves with red undersides. An easy going plant that demands little attention but will draw admiring glances for its unique foliage.
Also known as a Baby Rubber plant, with shiny spoon shaped leaves, this Peperomia is not in fact related to true rubber plants (Ficus Elastica). Growing on the forest floor in its native South American habitat makes it tolerant of shade and, as its botanic name suggests it is in fact in the same family as pepper. Small and spicy!
This beautiful plant, known as a Chinese Evergreen, is said to bring peace and prosperity. Something we all need.
Lovely name derived from Greek: ‘philo’ meaning ‘love’ and ‘dendron’ meaning ‘tree’. Which makes ‘tree hugger’ - perfect because many of this species love to hug and climb trees.
With a wild ‘head of hair’ and Brazilian passport, this bossa nova of the plant world likes it hot, or at least warm. Despite being a cactus, he likes it humid so keep the ‘hair’ spritzed.
The Victorians loved a taste of the tropics in their sitting rooms. This plant, often called a parlour palm, was a favourite, allowing them to experience Mexico from their Chesterfield. It’s also said to bring good luck!
Often called an umbrella plant, this is your own personal air purifier, absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen.
SPIDER PLANT :
The original retro houseplant is having a revival. Fast growing, you'll soon have lots of baby spiderettes to pot on and give to friends. Looks great in a hanging pot and why not add a macrame pot holder for the full 1970s vibe?
PILEA PLANT :
In 1946, this was the hippest must-have home accessory in Scandinavia after a Norwegian missionary brought it back from China. Today its moon-shaped emerald leaves are once again gracing the most fashionable homes. It’s not just a pretty face though, this pilea is said to bring good fortune and abundance into your home. Green cha ching.
BLUE FEATHER FERN:
Each ruffled feathery leaf is like a helping hand, sucking CO2 out and pushing Oxygen back into the air. The soft, grey-green colour and elegant shape make this popular with interior design enthusiasts. Phlebodium brightens a room and looks beautiful grouped with other plants of varying shapes and sizes. The design ‘Rule of 3’ states that things arranged in odd numbers are more visually appealing, so try it with an asplenium and a ginseng ficus.
MINI MONSTERA :
The is a petite and no less striking version of the trailblazing architectural monstera, now found in any self-respecting plant lover’s home. When it arrived from Mexico, they ate it up - well not literally. Evidently its fruit must be perfectly ripe or its sharp needles lodge in the mouth (ouch!). Despite this, the plant sparked a trend and sent the Victorians hunting for new and interesting plant specimens. They didn’t have NASA back then, but today NASA tells us that the monstera is one of the most effective plants for reducing air pollution. The plant that launched a thousand houseplants.
BIRDS NEST FERN:
In Malaysia, asplenium is believed to have supernatural properties and in Taiwan it’s a favourite vegetable. In Hawaii the long, graceful leaves are used in hula ceremonies. So sure, you can have a nibble or make a skirt with it if you’d like, but we think they are most beautiful in a pot in your home.
In 1996, things weren’t looking great; ‘Take That’ split up, Charles and Di divorced, but there was hope on the horizon. A clever Dutch nursery found this handsome specimen in the arid grasslands of Africa and brought it back to Europe for propagation. The zamioculcas was set to revolutionise indoor plant collections. Our drought resistant hero withstands infrequent watering and sun deprivation - and yet, it’s shiny green leaves bounce light around the room and are proven to significantly reduce toxins in the air. The zz plant is definitely not asleep on the job.
PILEA GREYSY PLANT:
This stunning spread of delicate grey-green leaves actually hasn’t been given a proper name and no one seems to know from where it came. No matter, we are thankful it made our way to our glasshouse! Silver sparkle refers to the fairy-like dust that sparkles on a healthy plant and this trailing plant makes a stunning interior statement grouped with plants in other shades of green.
This oldie but goodie (60 million years old to be exact) will bring back soothing memories of a favourite tree out in the wilds of the world. In Asia, this plant is revered as a treatment for fever, bronchitis and rheumatism and some believe that the plant is a home to spirits.
ALOE VERA :
Ancient, revered, contemplated and coveted through the ages. Egyptian stone carvings depicted Cleopatra using it in her skin rituals. Upon Aristotle's advice, Alexander the Great conquered the African island of Socotra in order to take its aloe vera to treat wounded soldiers. To take advantage of aloe’s timeless benefits, you don’t have to conquer an island - just order one of our gorgeous specimens and keep it in the kitchen in case of burns.
The Asparagus Ferm is in fact not a fern at all, this is an easy going member of the lily family. Its bright green feathery fronds will remind you of a fresh forest walk in a light spring shower. The asparagus will bring a little of nature’s calm optimism to your space.
Our charming trailing peperomia has bright green, compact rosettes of leaves that create an uplifting and vibrant environment. Peperomia are easy to care for and work especially well for offices, as they are happy with low light. The stems and leaves are a little fragile and some may be lost during transit, but gently tuck stems back into soil et voila - propagation!