Lonely plants turn rooms into cozy green spaces and ensure a good indoor climate. Dominik Seidler of Die Palme plant store lists five large houseplants that work best with a green, eye-catching look.
It is eye-catching and improves your mood
Lush and large solitary plants appear more and more often, which are eye-catching and improve the mood in salons. Large houseplants can create décor accents just as well as furniture, lighting, and carpets – and the pandemic has likely increased the general desire for more greenery. The term “plant solitaire” comes from French, where in the art of gardening solitaire trees and plants are particularly suitable as solitaire – due to their type, size or special height. “The trend is clearly towards placing larger plants in the home,” says Dominik Seidler. For six years, he and his brother Daniel have been running the Die Palme Berlin plant shop, which his parents founded in 1976. The fact that they are present with their store in Living Berlin (formerly Stilwerk) in Charlottenburg – surrounded by furniture and design stores – shows how important a role plants are today in interior design.
Solitary plants give structure to a room
Solitary plants are not only a decorative element that catches the eye. Due to their size, they can create spatial zones and separate different living zones from each other. They are placed in front of the desk in the home office as a privacy curtain or mark the entrance area. The height of the room can also be emphasized with large plants, which is especially advantageous in apartments in older buildings. In addition, tropical green has a positive effect on the mood of the room, says Seidler. In addition to solitary plants, pots have also become an important element of the decor. Wicker baskets or handmade clay pots give the interior a handmade touch, and the minimalist containers with a concrete look are very architectural. Palme Berlin uses a special plastic insert, which makes all dishes watertight. “We plant our plants in a so-called semi-hydro system,” explains Seidler. “The normal soil ball is preserved and the plants take root in the drainage aquifer – similar to the natural groundwater principle.”
The team creates a jungle atmosphere
Palme Berlin creates individual greening concepts that are tailored to your location. The valuable green pieces are then delivered to your home and planted on site. Solitary plants start at around € 300, but can also cost over € 1,000. While eye-catching on their own, they can also be arranged as an ensemble to create a true jungle vibe.
Our expert Dominik Seidler recommends these 5 solitary plants
Dracaena reflexive (dragon tree)
The urban jungle is a constant trend in interior design – says Dominik Seidler. It is clear that large plants are increasingly being used to create an urban jungle atmosphere. They create volume and movement, especially alternating with smaller and hanging plants. In various shades of green and with various leaf shapes, it gives a natural feeling of freshness. The dragon tree is an ornamental solitary plant native to the island of Mauritius. If it’s in a bright place without direct sunlight, sometimes you can expect white grape-shaped flowers.
Santa Claus Strelitzia (tree trelitz)
Due to its size, this plant is a real top dog that needs a lot of daylight. What distinguishes the Strelitzia tree, which is native to South Africa, is its flowers, which can bloom all year round, depending on the location. Large, horizontal bracts with white sepals and blue petals are formed here. It is closely related to the cut flower Royal Strelitzia, which is also called the flower of the bird of paradise. By the way, solitaire is suffixed with the name nicolai, after the Russian Tsar Nicholas I, because in the summer garden of St.Petersburg in 1858 trelitzia bloomed – or so rumors circulate. Thanks to the huge, drooping leaves, Santa Claus Strelitzia Lush greenery.
Ficus lirata (violin fig.)
Ficus ficus is an ornamental ornamental plant with lush green leaves with a rounded shape. As a solitary plant, it is particularly well suited to the bathroom as it flatters the body – unlike prickly cacti, for example. FROM Ficus lirata It does not need much light, but all the more space: The plant can grow up to four meters in height.
Flexible ficus (Rubber tree)
Dominik Seidler says that a large plant such as a rubber tree can change the decor of a room and is a factor in well-being. While Flexible ficus grows outdoors in warm regions, an ornamental plant adorns the interior in our latitudes. The rubber tree came to Europe in the early 19th century and is considered a classic among indoor plants – possibly also because it is robust and easy to care for. He enjoys a quiet and bright place without drafts and too much sun.
Scheffler amate (Aralia Tree)
Uncomplicated care, Scheffler amate they grow up to three meters in height. The most striking are their large, dark green, finger-shaped leaves that are decorative and eye-catching in any room. The air-purifying aralia wood is very hardy and does well in a bright place away from direct sunlight. If, like almost all Die Palme Berlin plants, it is planted in a semi-hydro system, then you need it Scheffler amate only water every four weeks.