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It doesn’t really matter how big your indoor garden is. You can have a large, landscaped balcony or just a few plants on your windowsill. No matter what size, indoor gardens add a new dimension to your home. The wide variety of house plants available today is a result of hundreds of years of experience with domesticating plants. There are many varieties of plants suitable for home gardening. And new ones get added to the list all the time.

Thus, it is important to identify the best varieties for your space and not lose your way in the maze of indoor plants. Grouping plants together is a great way to show your style and knowledge of houseplants. Grouping plants together is not only beautiful but also improves the plants’ growth. Since they create their own community, plants in groups grow better than those that grow by themselves.

Grouping foliage plants together makes them look more appealing. There are many ways to group plants. You can simply bring together different types of plants and arrange them in a cluster on your floor or windowsill to create an amazing display of leaf shapes, colours, textures, and patterns. You can also combine individual liner pots, which are plastic pots used in nurseries, in a larger decorative pot. Plants planted together in one container make the most beautiful displays.

We will be discussing the different requirements of plants and the design aesthetics you should keep in mind when grouping plants. When it comes to grouping, there is one rule that must be followed. All plants in a group must have identical requirements. You cannot pair a succulent with a fern, as moisture can be a blessing for one, a curse to the other. You can create your own arrangements by choosing compatible plants.

Now, let’s get started!

Here are the rules to follow—

  • It is easiest to group plants from the same family or type-together. You can mix different types and colours of cactuses together to create a desert garden or combine succulents of different shapes and colours to create a stunning terrarium.
  • Combine Zebra Haworthia with succulents of contrasting shapes such as Echeveria and give it a flowy look with String of Pearls. You can add colour to the arrangement by using a moon cactus or variegated Crassula.
  • To help vines like philodendrons climb tall containers, use a moss stick and pair it up with a Ficus variety. You can use a trailing variety down the sides of the planter to give it some depth.
  • Combine a Spathiphyllum with an Aglaonema or small cobra fern to create a subtle grouping. For more height and variety, you can add a dracaena.
  • Hanging baskets of plants should not be too heavy. Group plants with delicate leaves together in contrasting colours and shapes, such as spider plants or rabbit’s feet fern.

  • You can add colour to a group by combining brightly coloured plants such as croton and red aglaonema with mellower leaves like ferns and peperomias. As a ground cover, you can add trailing varieties such as the sedum.
  • Peperomia, Fittonia, and Philodendron are all good pairings for flowering plants such as kalanchoes. Brightly coloured flowering plants should be paired with dark green leaves of contrasting shapes or patterns.
  • You can create your tropical forest using bamboo palms and Fittonia, along with variegated Peperomia and Ficus benjamina.
  • For a more striking appearance, you can group plants together in smaller pots. You can group any plant you like if you’re a professional gardener. However, if you’re just starting out, you should stick with plants that require similar water and light requirements. It is easier to care for the entire group as different plants require different things under different lighting conditions.
  • A good planter will make a big difference in your space. So, do not hesitate to invest in a quality planter. A classic planter is a timeless piece that will last you a lifetime and can be used for multiple plants year after year. Planters in metallic tones add luxury to a space, while colourful ceramic ones can bring life to a dull space. White minimalistic or monochrome planters will make your space feel lighter and airier.

It is an easy way to group plants together and make something unique from the same house plants. You can add your personal touch to your space and create a unique piece no one else has. It brightens the house and draws attention to the corners that we often overlook. So, get creative and see plants from a different perspective.