Indoor plants aren’t just beautiful additions to the living space, they also clean the air. Why not consider plants as elements of your décor that will have longevity and make for a truly fulfilling hobby for the new year.
‘Plant-based’ has been trending for some time now and is sure to ramp up in 2023. From plant-based or vegan food to herbal medicines, plants are popular. In KwaZulu-Natal’s sub-tropical climate, where we’re truly spoilt for choice and where most plant varieties thrive without too much fuss, you might want to consider taking up this nature-inspired theme in your home décor, if you haven’t already.
If you’re living in one of the luxury resort-style apartments or penthouses at Pebble Beach, you’ll want to opt for bold, lush plants in your home that will stand up to the coastal air. And if you’re a family on the go, it’s important to choose hardy, low-maintenance greenery as well. In line with the beachfront development’s magnificent ocean views, lush coastal forest, and holiday atmosphere, lush indoor plants will bring the outdoors in and enhance the relaxed and leisurely pace at which life in Pebble Beach Sibaya should surely be lived.
Here are our top 7 indoor plants for coastal living. You can easily find them at local nurseries and stores or perhaps even take a slip of an existing plant from a friend, as they grow in abundance in our region.
The plant with pear shaped leaves that Instagram is in love with, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is a ficus variety plant. They come from the tropical jungles of West Africa to grace magazine pages everywhere. From a little pot on a tabletop to a large pot on the ground that can stand elegantly tall, these natural epiphytes will update your interior instantly. They need lots of bright but filtered light and you should water the soil as soon as it gets dry.
We acknowledge that the name isn’t quite accurate, but the name has stuck for people. Actually called, Sansevieria, the plant is native to Africa, particularly Madagascar, and their tall leaves – also referred to at times as mother-in-law’s tongue – are fairly unmistakable. They add height to a room and can even be used to create an illusion such as soft screening between open-plan living spaces in your apartment.
Sansevieria are easy to care for and only need to be watered when the soil has become dry, and it only needs medium to bright sunlight.
Palm trees are a cornerstone of seaside décor schemes. They add to the ambiance of coastal-style living. Their slim arched leaves have movement and because you can get them to grow as tall as your ceiling, they also add drama. The Bella Palm or Parlour Palm is a common house plant that is easy to grow. They need moderate light and moist soil with good drainage. Also consider Areca Palm or Kentia Palms, which enjoy humid weather.
The Ponytail Palm isn’t actually a palm, it’s a hardy succulent, yet it can still add great beachy vibes to a coastal-style home. Ideal for a tabletop, the Ponytail Palm likes bright indirect sunlight, and enjoys its soil on the drier side, – you may only need to water it every two to three weeks.
Bird of Paradise has beautiful large leaves and requires a good amount of space because of how large it may grow. It adds sophistication to a space such as a patio or living room and needs bright indirect light. During the hot months of spring and summer, it needs to be watered regularly and prefers moist soil.
The Rubber Tree or Ficus Elastica, with dark green or burgundy leaves, likes bright indirect light and moist but not constantly wet soil. These plants are fantastic adaptors and can even be manipulated in shape. If you wish to keep your plant small, keep it in a small pot.
The Elephant Ear Plant is a beautiful tropical-looking plant that can grow to be very large, which is how it got its name. These plants like soil that is moist and being in a spot where they can receive bright indirect light. Elephant Ear Plants also enjoy humidity; therefore, you can help them by spraying them with water once a day or keeping them over a tray of water and pebbles.
If you have pets or small children, ensure you are not purchasing a toxic plant. Remember to opt for plant pots with good draining holes. You may also choose to place your plant in a regular plastic nursery pot then place that pot into a decorative pot or basket. On-trend pots are actually woven baskets in 2023, look for Jute or natural weaves. Plain white ceramic, wood, or artisanal-looking pots are also very chic. Hang your plant in a macramé to really look on fleek. Also, be sure to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth from time to time to ensure your plant is looking its best and thrives.