Leaf love: The best plants to grow in your bedroom
Fabian Capomolla, aka The Hungry Gardener, gardening author and TV Host shares his tips and tricks on how to greenify your bedroom.
Bedrooms are our sanctuaries. If we’re lucky, we spend at least eight hours a day in them. But of all the rooms in the home, bedrooms are often overlooked as places to grow plants.
We bring laptops, mobiles and even TV screens into our bedrooms, yet often forget about more calming additions like plants.
The way I see it, bedrooms are a perfect place to add a bit of nature. The bedroom is our most personal space; a place where we can be as creative as we like when it comes to decorating with greenery.
Bedrooms are also places to rest and relax. For quality of sleep, a few plants next to the bed could make all the difference. Personally, I love the idea of waking up to a view of lush indoor plants. It’s all about bringing calm, natural elements into your space.
Indoor gardening is such a simple way to enhance wellbeing.
When selecting greenery for your bedroom, think about available space, light and humidity levels. If your space is large and sun-filled, an indoor tree in a large container could work wonders. Look out for mature fig species and palms.
Even in a small-sized bedroom, an indoor tree can make the space feel cosy. You just need to choose a tree (or tree-like plant) that works for you. Dracaenas, euphorbias, leafy philodendrons on poles and umbrella trees are all worth considering.
You can also elevate plants to maximise their exposure to light in the bedroom by using a plant stand, chair or shelf. Groups of smaller foliage plants look great displayed this way in classic terracotta pots with matching drip trays to catch any excess water.
Here are some other plants that will transform your bedroom into an urban oasis.
Succulents are fantastic for a sunny windowsill in your bedroom. You can easily grow them from cuttings and apart from sunlight and a monthly water, they need very little else.
Aloe vera is a good choice for the bedroom because it actively filters toxins, such as benzene and formaldehyde, from the air. It’s also great for applying to skin after a long, hard day’s work in the sun.
Plants typically produce oxygen through the day via photosynthesis. But the rare few work at night, too.
Amongst them is the variegated snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata), which has the added bonus of being super low-maintenance and an air-cleaning plant. Team one up with an aloe vera to create the A-team of bedroom plants.
Leafy green foliage brings calmness and tranquillity into the bedroom. Plants that excel in this regard include heart-shaped philodendrons (Philodendron hederaceum), Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum) and English ivy (Hedera helix).
All these plants have trailing foliage, so they work well in hanging baskets or displayed atop bookshelves.
An indoor tree can make your bedroom feel like a jungle at home. I’ve mentioned a few trees already, but there are a huge number of classic and unusual species that grow well indoors.
At the classic end of the spectrum, rubber trees (Ficus elastica) can transform a bedroom space. More unusual trees to experiment with include Australian natives like Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) and silky oak (Grevillea robusta), which can work surprisingly well indoors.
With gums, just be prepared to take them outdoors when they outgrow your indoor space.
Grab yourself a large ceramic pot and plant an indoor garden inside it, then sit it atop your bedside table. Co-plantings in the same container are a great way to get creative with your greenery.
When selecting plants, go for species with similar watering and soil requirements. Pick a range of succulents with different colour tones, or combine a few hoya varieties in the same pot. Hoyas will produce a great waxy bloom given the right conditions, too.