They’re trendy, but indoor plants do so much more than just look good. So, here are some ways to introduce plants to your home…

Indoor plants add a lot more to the home than just a decorative touch – they cleanse the air, improve concentration and are even believed to promote healing, which is why countries around the globe celebrate Plant Week in May.

There are a few ways that you can introduce plants to your home – even if you don’t have the greenest of fingers, says Estelle Nagel of Gumtree South Africa.

1. Top of cabinets

Most of us have unused nooks and crannies in the kitchen – the top of the fridge and cabinets being prime examples. This is a great place to put low maintenance plants, like English Ivy or Spider Plants. You can pair them up with cute planters (Superbalist, R199) and knickknacks for a quirky touch.

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2. Use cuttings

Plant lovers usually have a few dozen cuttings hidden somewhere in the home. If you do, bring them to the forefront by pairing them with prints, frames and ornaments on a bookshelf.

3. Fill up a windowsill

fragrant medicinal plant or cheerful succulent can brighten up any windowsill. And if you aren’t too enthusiastic about their upkeep, you can invest in a self-watering planter (R329, Yuppiechef).

4. Wallpaper and fabrics

An instant cheat to create an indoor greenhouse – use 3D wallpaper and fabrics. You can add florals to your bedroom with a new linen set (R1 725, Yuppiechef) or a wall planter (R999, Mr Price Home), but don’t forget to add one or two large plants (R790, Gumtree.co.za) to create the illusion of abundance.

5. Baskets

Baskets are the new pots! Combine interesting patterns and colours to add a spark to any room. We love the variety on Superbalist (from R199). It’s great for livening up a minimalist room and costs considerably less than pots.