Interiorscape Basics – Part Two

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Care and Culture, Classification, Growing Indoors

Just as is true in outdoor gardens, every interiorscape is unique. However, a few simple guidelines are useful for creating orderly interiorscapes in which the plants appear to belong exactly where they have been placed.


One plant is better than none, but most rooms appear better furnished when three or more plants are located where they can “balance” one another in terms of visual punch When a diverse collection of plants is used, it is helpful to standardize containers to one type – an easy way to provide constancy of color and texture.


You can use plants to frame a view from a window or to draw attention to a comfortable chair or other piece of furniture inside a room. In your office, you might even frame yourself by placing an attractive plant behind you, so that people enjoy a little green scene from the other side of your desk. Plants speak softly, but they always say, “Look here.”

Focal Points

Spotlight blooming plants or specimens with variegated leaves by placing them where they can be seen up close, the same way you might do with a vase of fresh-cut flowers. But don’t overdo it: Use plain containers, and limit the number of showy plants within a scene so colors and intricate leaf patterns don’t compete with one another.

For more information on Interiorscape Basics, check out Part One and Part Three!


Pleasant, Barbara. The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plants: Storey Publishing LLC, 2005. Print.

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