12 plants that will thrive in your bathroom (Part 2/2)
PUBLISHED: 09:27 23 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:27 23 September 2015
Whether you're planning to turn your bathroom into a mini rainforest or just want to brighten it up with a couple of bursts of greenery, here are our next six recommendations of plant species that will thrive in the moisture...
Yesterday we talked about ivy, ficus trees and ferns, Today we go a bit more spiritual with orchids and herbal foliage...
String of Pearls:
These come from the succulent family and are a creeping plant - a style that will always look stunning in a bathroom, either from a high shelf or a hanging basket over the bath or sink area, allowed to trail down and create an almost jungle-like effect. These are pretty plants that occasionally flower. Going by the name, they are what you’d expect them to be, with their little green baubles dotted at random points on their long stringy vines.
They’re not just for the kitchen. Herbs do well in a bathroom environment and can be trimmed and presented to look exquisitely stylish, all the while omitting a scent. Herbs have become a practical and decorative addition to interior design, mostly spotted in conservatories or kitchens and used for cooking or garnish. But there’s nothing to say you can’t use them in the bathroom too (just maybe don’t eat these ones!) These do well on windowsills in particular.
These are like miniature palm trees. Dragon plants come in a few varieties, but all of them are at risk of brown and dry leaf tips in low-humidity households. It stands to reason that this plant of tropical origin is perfect for the bathroom. The natural humidity of the bathroom will keep it — and the room — looking fresh and flawless.
Much like Aloe Vera, these produce essential oils that are often used as an antiseptic to treat wounds and are added to soaps and lotions. Often, at a spa or in a steam room, the air will feature the scent of eucalyptus plants - they are great for cleansing the sinuses - and featuring them in your own bathroom will provide a pleasant menthol aroma. Allow them decent light, water regularly, don’t flood and be aware that the indoor versions of eucalyptus don’t normally flower.
The Cast Iron species is known for surviving pretty much anywhere you put it. They’re low-maintenance and when outside survive hot, dry summers as well as dark, damp winters. This China native is a member of the lily family and blooms small purple flowers that only appear near the soil surface and dark green leaves. Whether you have a light bathroom or a dark one, this plant will thrive and can reach 2 feet in height.
Orchids are stunning, graceful and classic. They can prove taxing to care for given that the whole appeal of them is the flower, and without that they suddenly lose their allure. But they make striking additions to a bathroom and do well in this environment too. They need a lot of water, but the trick is to allow them to dry out between watering. These too enjoy humidity and need fertilizing weekly or biweekly while they are producing new growth (decrease to monthly or bimonthly intervals once they mature and cease fertilization when they become dormant).