This week is national houseplant week – with homeowners encouraged to go green indoors.
Wren Kitchens says: “With short days and colder nights, winter can be tough at the best of times, and lockdown has done nothing to help that.
“Now more than ever it’s important to look out for our mental states – and what better way to boost your mood than to bring a little bit of nature inside, to create the ultimate working-from-home haven.”
And Dobbies Garden Centres says: “With the average person in Britain spending more time at home, houseplants are a breath of fresh air for inside spaces.
“A brilliant anti-pollutant, they help to increase oxygen levels and bring a touch of the outside in, providing a natural healthy boost.”
Here are some of their best indoor houseplant recommendations to boost your mood...
1. Aloe Vera
The gel from aloe vera can help to soothe acne, burns, and dry skin; helping you both physically and mentally. To allow your aloe vera plant to thrive, place it in bright but indirect sunlight, and let it dry in between watering. Photo: Wren Kitchens
Place your lavender plant in the bedroom, and the scent will help to reduce your stress levels, enabling you to sleep better. To let it grow, water it regularly and leave it in a place that gets a lot of light. Photo: Wren Kitchens
3. Phalaenopsis Orchid
Claire Bishop, houseplant buyer at Dobbies Garden Centres, says: "This is a striking plant that flowers for a long time and is a great centrepiece in the home when planted on groups. A great addition to a room that’s been recently painted or renovated, removing xylene from the air." Photo: Dobbies Garden Centres
4. Snake Plant
Snake plants need minimal care; but can really help to improve your wellbeing as they add moisture to the air and release oxygen. They’re particularly ideal for people who suffer with allergies. Photo: Wren Kitchens