Create a garden inside your house with the lush greenery and flowers of houseplants, and you'll not only make your house look beautiful, you'll improve your quality of life. Research has shown that in an average room, just two or three houseplants picked from the range in our Newent garden centre improve air quality, pump feel-good oxygen back into the air and reduce stress.
Green, leafy houseplants bring the outdoors indoors - and that means healthy living, too.
Most green houseplants prefer somewhere bright but out of direct sunlight, with steady temperatures and humid air.
Avoid putting houseplants by radiators or on windowsills where temperatures fall sharply on frosty nights. Try standing them on tables or stands, available in our garden centre, in a bright spot near a window.
Water sparingly, letting compost dry out between times, and mist leaves with a hand spray or stand plants in trays of damp gravel to raise humidity.
Add liquid feed every couple of weeks and wipe leaves with cotton wool soaked in tepid water to keep dust from blocking their pores. While you're at it, check for pests: fuzzy white tufts are a sign of mealybug, while red spider mite cause yellow mottling and fine webs. Spray with insecticidal soap to put things right again.