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Container and veranda plants are back in vogue, greening both indoor and outdoor living areas. Jo'burg landscape designer Debby Tenquist selects some of her favourites econnecting with nature is a worldwide trend evident through a renewed interest in container plants that are suitable for garden rooms, conservatories and verandas. The evergreen foliage plants listed here not only create a neutral background ideal for any style, but also a sense of peace and calm. Theyre appropriate for both indoors and covered verandas. To show them off, look for containers with a natural, organic feel and consider the plants proportions and growing habit when making your choice.
Ficus lyrata (fiddle-back fig)
This striking West African plant is grown for its large glossy semi-lobed leaves, hence the name fiddle-back. Its popular with decorators and style mavens as large specimens make an instant statement. LIGHT: It requires plenty of light, so place it where it gets a bit of morning sun, but never afternoon sun. A covered veranda or a light-filled, north-facing hall or sitting room is ideal.
CARE: Dont overwater it, but dont let the soil dry out either. In areas of low humidity, mist it regularly to prevent leaf drop. Its frost tender, so give it a frost blanket or bring it indoors in winter. FEEDING: Use a diluted liquid organic fertiliser once a month in spring and summer only.