Decorating the house with flowers and plants is very beneficial to one’s health. If you are interested in Feng Shui, one could say you that decorating your house with different varieties of plants provides the whole house with a balanced flow energy. You can decorate your home with flowers that have strong, positive colours such as red, orange or yellow.

Regarding the house’s interior decoration, it is essential to meet certain conditions such as the plant’s size and the space it takes up. Ideally, one plant covers a surface area of roughly 12 square yards (10 m²). The plants must also be chosen according to the brightness of the place where they will be set. For the decoration of balconies, patios or windows, there is a wide choice of decorative, aromatic and even vegetable plants!

Tips for decorating windows and balconies

Having some plants and flowers in the windows and on the balcony brings a little more colour to your home, making the place much more cheerful and welcoming. The majority of flowers are able to grow very well on balconies or windows. Some plants grow easily in trays, as is the case for nasturtiums, alyssum, fuchsia, petunia, gladioli. Ivy geraniums or petunias are particularly fit as border plants. To decorate the railings you can choose honeysuckle, clematis or climbing hydrangea. You can give free rein to your imagination by choosing between climbing plants, flowering or fruiting shrubs or even a plant small vegetable garden if you wish. Vegetables, in addition to being good to eat, can be very decorative. The place where you plan to set your plants needs to be well located, to take into consideration the plants’ needs in terms of sun exposure, while being appropriately sheltered from the wind. After choosing your flowers, you must choose the most suitable container.You have a choice between pots, boxes or trays. Do not forget to take the plant’s comfort into consideration and check that the size of the container it is appropriate. If it is too confined, the roots may die.

Before planting flowers to decorate your windows or balconies, it is important to make sure that your container has good drainage. You can line the containers’ bottoms with clay pebbles, small stones or polystyrene beads to facilitate drainage. Then fill the container with a well-worked soil, or with a mixture of earth and special or decomposed potting soil. Then plant your seeds or bulbs and water them regularly, but slightly less than if they were planted in-ground. Maintain your plants by fertilizing them with a little liquid fertilizer every two weeks, and weed regularly. It is also important to hang your pots firmly in place a put a plate underneath to prevent water spills and neighbourhood accidents.

Tips to decorate your patio

To decorate patios, you can give free rein to your imagination by playing with colours and contrasts. It is often advisable to plant climbing plants, such as ferns or ivy, because they are very hardy and provide a beautiful coat of greenery that will be greatly appreciated. You can also add rose bushes or winter jasmine which will, in addition to their fragrance, bring a touch of exoticism. Aromatic plants such as rosemary, thyme, sage or laurel are also very suitable for patios, where they combine beauty with utility. Some small vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes or radishes, also bring a little colour. To design your patio’s layout, you have a wide choice of containers such as pots, trays, jars or baskets. It is advisable to choose containers made of lightweight materials like plastic or wood. When choosing containers, it is best to take them all in the same shape in order to avoid an untidy look while providing your setting with a uniform décor. To plant your flowers, fill the containers with potting soil, which will be mixed with clay pebbles or gravel to facilitate drainage. Water your plants regularly, especially in the evening to preserve moisture. Automated watering is a very suitable solution, especially if you do not have much available time. To maintain your plants, you must regularly remove dead leaves and spray them with insecticides or fungicides to prevent against diseases. It is also recommended to attach suspended containers firmly in place to prevent falls in case of possible storms.

Indoor decoration with depolluting plants

In addition to their decorative functions, plants have the special ability to clean up stale air from inside houses. Some would say that the air in their home is not polluted, but be aware that household and electronic appliances, as well as outdoor pollutants, contaminate the air inside. The leaves of some ornamental plants have the ability to absorb the pollutants that are present in the air. In effect, the more a plant breathes in toxins, the more it releases oxygen and water vapour, which contributes to providing the house with clean and slightly humid air. Some plants are known to have air purifying properties, as is the case of the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), the night blooming cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) or pothos. Indeed, for each polluting element, there is a miracle plant.

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Published in Decorating guide by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011