5 ways to take your houseplants to a whole new level

Posted: 26th Apr 2019

Get ready to take your houseplants to a whole new level

With the popularity of our indoor foliage showing no signs of dipping, celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley is on hand to explain how you can take yours to the next level.

The founder of #flowertalk is sharing his top tips for 'pimping' your houseplants, explaining how some simple tweaks can be made to make them pop with colour, transforming your room in the process.

1. Plant picking

Pick low maintenance houseplants that will grow slowly - that way, they don't need too much water. You should also pick different shapes and textures - for instance, trailing, rosettes or spikes.

2. Bloom away

Choose some flowers that contrast with your plants; look for bold, dynamic flowers, like lilies or orchids. You could always try contrasting foliage plants with soft wispy meadow-style flowers (for instance, astrantia, veronica or waxflower).

3. Contained choice

Your bowl has to be large enough to space for both houseplants and a number of watertight containers; ie recyclable glass or plastic flower tubes. If you prefer a more traditional look, how about picking a classic blue and white pattern? Alternatively, if you prefer a modern vibe, stainless steel, or on-trend options like bronze or copper could be the way to go.

4. How to do it...

Start by adding a few handfuls of grit or stones to the bottom of the bowl - this will ensure you get good drainage. Then, you need to position your houseplants, filling the spaces with a quality houseplant compost. When you're happy with the arrangement, you can insert the flower tubes into the compost and fill it with water before adding the flowers. Lastly, cover the bowl's surface with decorative gravel, bark chippings or velvety moss.

5. Seasons come, seasons go

Change the cut flowers according to the season - that way, you achieve year-round interest. In spring, you can use snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. During the summer, fragrant roses, succulent sweet peas and sunflowers. By autumn, add some richness with dahlias, rudbeckia, berries, and decorative gourds and squashes, while for winter, amaryllis, vuburnum, holly and snowberries are the way to go.

Jonathan added: "Mixing living plants and cut flowers together is hugely satisfying. The positive health benefits which green plants bring are well documented and by adding additional flowers you are interacting with this wonderful interior garden. You nurture the plants and create with the flowers, bringing seasonality and fragrance into the home. This is an inexpensive and quick way of having an interchangeable display that looks amazing with minimal effort."

Jonathan Moseley will be leading workshops and talks at RHS Malvern (9-12 May), RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May), RHS Chatworth (5-9 June), RHS Hampton Court Palace (6 July), RHS Tatton Park (17-18 July) as well as other events throughout the season. You can find out more here: www.jonathan-moseley.com

The featured flowers are: In the Orchid arrangement, the fresh flowers are Cymbidium Orchid, Rose ‘New Orleans’ and Bellis; the plants are Scented Pelargonium and Rhipsalis cassutha (mistletoe cactus). In the copper bowl - the flowers are Fritillaria meleagris (snake’s head fritillary), Primula denticulate (drumstick primula), Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose) & Muscari (grape hyacinth;) the succulent plants are Aeonium velour, Echeveria 'Perle von nurnberg’ and Echeveria agavoides