If you are looking to decorate your home or office with pot plants the first thing to consider is the obvious. Which ones are going to be able to handle it? In Australia, our hot climate means that a lot of our plants are deep rooting, so that can absorb more moisture than plants from other parts of the world. This means that some of our natives, even if they are dainty, may not be suitable for potting.
Conversely, our plants are generally hardier, so they are often able to be battered and bruised and still look amazing. So let’s check out some of the more popular and interesting Aussie plants that do well in pots.
Plants For The Sun
If you are looking to decorate a courtyard or a room that receives plenty of sun and are going for a less flowery and more organic garden look then herbs are great. Not only do they look great but they also add a rich, earthy smell to the area. Coriander, in particular, grows like wildfire in Australia and is extremely durable.
For people who live in townhouses and don’t have expansive yard space, taking a few terracotta pots and potting Coriander and other herbs in them will give your courtyard a European look that will inspire you to spend more time out in your courtyard and less in front of your television.
Other herbs that do well in pots in the Aussie sun are basil, chives, and parsley and a combination of the four is a classic Australian herb garden look.A surprising and fascinating addition to a full sun courtyard is a citrus tree. In a particularly large terracotta pot, you can grow a medium sized lemon or orange tree that will fruit and give you a lot of happiness.
You don’t see it often, but in a nicely decorated courtyard a citrus tree really sets off the whole look. For a more interesting conversation piece try a tangelo or lemonade tree. Their fruits have unique flavors and they are just as hardy as your orange or lemon tree.
If you are a flower fan, petunias for summer and pansies for winter. In their non-flowering seasons they are green and lush and when they flower they provide scent and pop. If you have both of them going at once then you have an all year round flowering garden, with one providing greenery and one providing flowers.
The big popular plant for Aussie potters at the moment are succulents. If you want to be resourceful you could grow some aloe vera, which makes a sensational treatment when you’re sunburnt. I swear it will literally cure it if you rip a leaf off and apply the sap directly to the affected area. Agave is another popular and interesting plant and for those of us who enjoy a drink, you might recognize it as a plant that Mexicans use to brew tequila.
Plants For The Shade
For indoor pot planters, the options are a bit different but no less fantastic. While herbs and fruits won’t really thrive without sunlight there are a number of dazzling flowers and shrubs that will grow just fine inside and provide some nice decoration for your office, study, kitchen or wherever you want to give a little bit of a green look.
It might come as a surprise to you but certain palms actually do rather well in shade. A nice little Rhapis palm or kentia palm will provide a beachy look for a droll office and might give the people who work in it a bit more reason to come in every day. Or that could be wishful thinking.
Begonias, azaleas, and camellias provide big, bright flowers and grow just fine without sunlight. If you have a dank study with no windows these flowers can really pick up the vibe of the room. It may come as a shock to find that such pretty flowers can grow inside but I assure you they will do just fine as long as you take good care of them and prune them up well.
Clivias are an Australian native with green strap-like leaves and vibrant orange flowers. They will thrive indoors as they are one of the hardiest plants in the country but they are exceptionally pretty. Use them to soften any hard-featured rooms and you will find yourself coming into that room a lot more often.