Going Green

Perfect plants for the kitchen

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Botanicals are one of the year’s top home trends, but which plants can live up to the tricky, ever-changing climate of your kitchen?

Plants in the kitchen are a major feature everywhere we look this season, from our favourite Pinterest inspiration boards to home décor magazines, and Pantone have even named the leafy ‘greenery’ shade as their colour of the year.

However, not all species will cope well with the kitchen’s unique environment, which can quickly change from cool and airy to hot and humid as you cook up dishes on the stove.

Kitchen plants also need to stand up to a variety of different fumes and chemicals, including cleaning products and smoke particles. That’s before you even consider light levels and the fact that some potentially poisonous plants definitely shouldn’t be nearby when you prepare dinner.

So to make things a little simpler, we’ve put together this list of perfect plants to grow in your kitchen.

Herbs

Herbs like rosemary, thyme, mint and basil are easy to grow at home and will give your cooking a massive burst of fresh flavour compared to supermarket-bought alternatives. As they’ll live happily in small containers, herbs don’t take up much space on a countertop or windowsill, and keeping them in bright, decorative pots is a great way to add colour to the room.

Succulents

If you’re not naturally green-fingered, succulents are the plant for you. Aloe Vera in particular has been nicknamed the ‘Plant of immortality’ due to its hardy nature, and the fact it produces a gel-like substance known to help soothe burns, so it’s certainly useful to keep on hand next to the oven.

Shrubs

Certain shrubs like jasmine and lavender can purify air by removing harmful toxins, making them an ideal plant for the kitchen, and they also emit beautiful floral scents. Why not arrange smaller shrubs on Magnet’s innovative Shelf Plus system? The customisable style means you can choose from a variety of extras to add or remove as you need them, including shelving boards specifically designed to house plant pots.

Creepers

Creepers like English ivy might not be the first plant you think of when it comes to bringing nature indoors, but they’ve become a huge trend in interior decorating this year and look particularly stunning draped over a high shelf. Just make sure to place in an area that gets lots of direct sunlight and isn’t accessible to pets, as ivy can be toxic to cats and dogs.

Pot plants

Lucky enough to have a large, spacious kitchen? Then place pot plants like Aspidistras or Chinese Evergreens on the floor in the corner of the room to prevent the space from feeling empty. These deep green leafy plants are a low-cost way to add decoration and pair perfectly with natural materials like oak cabinets and marble worktops, for a truly timeless look.

Flowering plants

Though flowering plants can be a little trickier to grow indoors, they’re worth the extra attention in order to add a hint of colour to the room. Try bold Begonias and Geraniums in an array of different vibrant shades to create an eye-catching contrast against fresh white cabinets or dark granite worktops, or choose pastel petals to complement a kitchen in subtle grey or duck egg blue.