Which Plants, Where?

Backyard & Garden Design Ideas|Issue #18.1

Which Plants, Where?
Australians are fortunate to be able to buy some of the best indoor plants in the world, with enthusiastic and clever plant breeders and nurseries making a fantastic and interesting variety of plants available to excited indoor plant lovers
Angie Thomas

With such a huge range of plants to choose from, here are some leafy ideas for filling your various indoor spaces with options that fit like a glove.


Many plants that we love growing indoors have come from tropical and subtropical forests, so they’re ideally suited for growing in the most humid areas around our homes, which are usually in the kitchen and bathroom. Plants that love these steamy rooms include calatheas, moth orchids, anthuriums, kentia and parlour palms, syngoniums, maidenhair and hare’s foot ferns, peace lilies and spider plants. During dry weather or when indoor heating or cooling dries out the air, these plants will enjoy having their foliage regularly misted with water.


Most indoor plants will do best in a room that is brightly lit but away from direct sunlight. However, some plants can still thrive in lower levels of light, whether that be in a bedroom, hallway or corner of a lounge room. Plants such as the ZZ plant (often sold as Zanzibar Gem), devil’s ivy, mother-in-law’s tongue, Chinese evergreen and cast iron plant will all do well in a position that you may have thought too dim to grow any greenery.


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Issue #18.1