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How Do I Match My Houseplants: Using Nature's Method

Although a single plant can compliment your interior, a group of houseplants can bring everything together. If you are wondering ‘how do I match my houseplants?’ You’ve come to the right place.

Grouping your houseplants or even adding them individually around your home space or workspace can give your decor an ‘interior designed’ look and create a mini oasis.

We're covering everything you need to know about matching your houseplants in our helpful article. 

House plants will thrive and be easier to care for if you match them according to living conditions. Match them to your own style, light, heat, and humidity requirements. Matching house plants comes down to your own personal taste and the environment you want to create for thriving houseplants.

Why Should I Match My Houseplants?

group of matched houseplants in front of fire place in moody modern homeEven if you are a minimalist decorator a well-put-together matched group of houseplants can bring a lush and elegant look to your home.

Matching houseplants can be a little like matching your clothing, rules are made to be broken! So keep in mind, a glorious clash of styles WILL certainly make your houseplants pop.

Mixing and matching houseplants for no particular rhyme or reason is allowed! A little bit of edgy conflict is not a bad thing! 

But there are some reasons to match houseplants that you might want to check out. By matching them down to a few criteria you could make your plant parenting a little easier and also help them thrive.

“Matching houseplants can be a little like matching your clothing, rules are made to be broken!”

Matching Plants To Their Living Conditions 

So although we’ve found out matching your houseplants is down to personal taste, it can help to make the care of them a little easier if you keep their living conditions in mind.

The main reason for this is that when plants grow in nature, they cleverly group themselves together based on their own particular requirements.

Happy Plants Are Matched Together 

Matching your plants with similar nutritional needs, and environmental requirements can help them thrive and also make your life a little easier when looking after them.

By matching them down to their similarities they will also be able to create biomes too. A biome is an area where like-minded animals or vegetation thrive best due to grouping.

For instance, if you match humidity-loving plants it will help them create a pocket of moisture.

These types of houseplants are often called ‘companion plants’ so read on to discover more about matching your plants.

“If you match humidity-loving plants it will help them create a pocket of moisture.” 

What Are Companion Houseplants?

group of small succulents

Companion plants are those that have similar light, nutrition, and water requirements. 

For example, succulents matched in a pot with a thirsty fern for instance are definitely not a match made in heaven! 

Of course it is possible to grow plants at either end of the spectrum near each other, but ideally similar requirements would be best.

Grow Individually In Pots & Add To A Container 

If you do want to mix and match your houseplants, planting them separately in containers, baskets, and pots will allow them to thrive and live healthily. Be sure to check out the variety of beautiful spun aluminum houseplant pots we have available in our shop!  

You might find that as they grow, you have to re-pot them and sit in a place that suits their needs a little more, but it’s a good way of making an instant impact.

Match Plants With The Same Lighting Requirements 

Choosing plants that require the same kind of lighting conditions will have quite a big impact on their ability to thrive. For example, if you have a home office that doesn't get a lot of light, be sure to select plants that thrive in low light

Having separately potted plants allows you to deal with their individual feeding and water requirements. 

Be creative with your plant matching and choose larger upright types mixed with an array of different leaf colors, textures, and cascading varieties. 

Don’t forget to add our Braid & Wood Plant Hangers in minimal shades of white, black, and gold. 

Add One Taller Plant 

super tall palm in modern and neutral living room

If you want to match plants like a pro, adding one taller plant into your group can make an eye catching statement. 

Creating a pyramid is how the best designers achieve that ‘designed’ look. Fill up the planter and match with those who enjoy similar light, and temperature conditions for the easiest plant parenting! 

Ok so let’s get down to the details of how to make sure you match your houseplants like a master! 

Best Ways To Match Houseplants

As we saw earlier, it’s always beneficial to your house plant arrangements to match them by some of their most important requirements.

Match Plants By Their Light Requirements 

Some plants grow better in full sun, others prefer partial shade and some of the easiest plants will thrive in shaded areas. 

Although it’s of course based on your personal taste how you match your plants, but you will be giving your mini oasis a head start if you make sure they enjoy the same kind of conditions. 

Humidity Requirements Are A Good Way To Match Plants 

If you want to arrange plants in your bathroom or kitchen, matching plants that love a slightly moist and warm environment will help them bloom. Check out this article for the best plants for your bathroom.

Match your plants with those who like the same environment. So if you have a north-facing window sill, for example, plants that prefer warm moist homes might struggle. 

Any plants which are sensitive to heat should be kept away from any direct heat and sunlight. 

"A good houseplant parent hack is to use a humidifier around any matched plants that prefer slightly more moisture in the air and high humidity levels." 

Any tropical plants are perfectly matched in a bathroom with less light and more moist surroundings. Succulents who are more native to desert areas might not be a good match. 

Match By A Plant's Looks 

a trio of ferns styled on a bathroom countertop

If you just want to go with the visual aesthetic then feel free to match your plants simply down to their looks! 

"The plant world is particularly clever as generally those that look good together have similar requirements and compliment each other beautifully." 

Match plants with contrasting leaf shapes and sizes for a beautiful look, and remember the rule of odd numbers to draw in the eye. 

Match Your Houseplants To Compliment Your Style 

As we mentioned previously matching houseplants to your own particular style is most certainly allowed! 

Those who love a tropical look can go all out exotic by planting up a range of baskets with subtropical plants. 

For a traditional look, pop your matched plants In a stylish range of neutral, minimalist hanging potsor add a huge oversized parlor palm in a pot.

If you prefer a minimal touch when it comes to matching your houseplants, you might want to style tillandsias together on a beautifully designed V-Hanger. Match them together with other trailing plants in hanging pots for a real statement. 

Or why not match a group of various-sized sleek snake plants together for a contemporary look. 

And Finally…

We hope that’s given lots of inspiration on matching your houseplants for the best results! 

Don’t forget to head over to our store for lots of gorgeous minimal hanging plant holders, plant stands, and vessels! 

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