Make indoor plants pop with these style and design tips | The Great Indoors | Gardening Australia

Guest presenter Craig Miller-Randle shares his styling secrets to make your indoor plants into works of art!
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As a furniture and homewares designer, Craig uses shape, texture, and colour to make a place look and feel a certain way, and you can apply the same principles to plant styling.

Craig’s plants are all growing in lightweight plastic pots so that he can give them “great drainage, customise their potting media and change their look anytime I like.” Planting directly into heavier decorative pots makes it harder to move them around and you’re stuck with one look.

Grouping plants in odd numbers creates a balanced effect that makes it more pleasing to the eye. You can also use the ‘pyramid principle’ to group plants – imagine a triangular shape and put tall plants at the back and smaller plants to the side and front to create height and depth. Another way to group plants is by colour, such as those with tones of purple, to create cohesion among plants with different leaf shapes and textures.

Craig has created “vertical drama” in what would otherwise be a bare stairwell void. Plants are used instead of artworks, dripping down the walls and making use of all spaces. To attach plants to the wall, Craig has simply used clear fishing line attached to white shelf brackets drilled into the wall, which doesn’t distract from the plants. For renters, you can achieve the same effect with the highest-rated adhesive hooks you can find – some will hold up to 7 kilograms.

When it comes to more colourful pots, Craig uses the “one or the other rule” – either the plant is the feature, or the pot is the feature. A simple green leaf philodendron can look great in a bold pot, whereas something with colour like the purple Oxalis triangularis, stands out best in plain white.

Designer planters can be pricey, and the cost can add up if you want a dense indoor jungle. Craig suggests upcycling pots you have around the house or from op-shops by painting them with two coats of chalk paint in neutral tones to create a matte finish and so they look like they all belong together.

To create a DIY pot platform, to give height to some plants, Craig uses two similar shaped hand painted pots, and turns the smaller one upside down to act as a plinth. Put the larger one upright on top and glue together with a heavy-duty adhesive.

Plants will naturally bring life into your space so don’t stress about following the rules, focus on how they make you feel!

Featured Plants

Purple Shamrock Oxalis triangularis

Begonia ‘Connie Boswell’ Begonia cv.

Rhipsalis Rhipsalis cv.

Philodendron ‘Golden Dragon’ Philodendron cv.

Filmed on Boon Wurrung & Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country

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24 Comments

  1. Imogen Palmer on April 20, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Eeeeeee keen beans!!

  2. Sonia Orchid center on April 20, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Hi

  3. Love Australia on April 20, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Waiting from Bendigo, Victoria! 💐💐💐💐💐

  4. Mia Uy on April 20, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Beautiful and amazing plant collection! I love watching this, I already watch this several times.

  5. Nichole Johnson on April 20, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Gorgeous

  6. Alison Fairley on April 20, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I love everything about this video.

  7. Rachel McDonald on April 20, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Just binge watched this group of videos, fantastic!!! Thanks Craig

  8. Celestial Joy on April 20, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Just stunning!!! 👏👏😍❤️️

  9. itsaworkof art on April 20, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Thank you for sharing this 😍👍🏻

  10. Christian Almendo on April 20, 2021 at 12:43 am

    The OCD hits hard when it comes to organizing my plants

  11. Marcia Blair on April 20, 2021 at 12:44 am

    What an incredible collection and what a breathtaking place to live in with so much light! How many plants do you have? How long does it take to water them…?

  12. Helen Abria on April 20, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Wow, full of Wow 👏 I do love your designs,, plants,,, and specialty you. Keep up the good work.. Thanks 💓 😊

  13. Get Rooted on April 20, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Great content – looks like this room has a skylight??? It’s wonderful and bright – no wonder they’re doing so well. Thanks for the tips

  14. ksenija vojisavljevic on April 20, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Great comment on art

  15. Wanda Shaw on April 20, 2021 at 12:55 am

    OMG! Your home is beyond amazing! Your plants are even more amazing!!! Perfection in my opinion! 😍

  16. Ana Ramos on April 20, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for showing the way I can organize my plants. Love your place is very beautiful.

  17. Linardon Adelina on April 20, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Oh please keep this presenter he is so interesting, entertaining and enjoyable

  18. Snezhana Tormasheva on April 20, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Красота.

  19. Steph ASMR on April 20, 2021 at 1:00 am

    What a stunning space – great presenter too

  20. Yeah, I've Killed That on April 20, 2021 at 1:04 am

    This is what I like so much about Craig—he keeps it simple when growing plants and gives you ways to make it fun and affordable. And his "one or the other rule" is any easy one to follow. His advice and tips are always in the back of my mind.

  21. Kat amy k on April 20, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Beautiful ❤️

  22. Velvet Vert on April 20, 2021 at 1:09 am

    I’m envious that you have the amount of light needed to just put the plants wherever you think they look good! That doesn’t fly here in the frozen north, where my poor babies are strategically close to windows and under grow lights to make it through the winter.

  23. PlantedinPots on April 20, 2021 at 1:10 am

    “Who wants that kind of commitment” YESS 👏 my mom told me about the rule of 3 / odd numbers for decor when I was younger and for some reason that’s what stuck, now I can’t get it out of my head when I’m decorating and even when I’m putting on jewelry 😅

  24. Bertha Rosales on April 20, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Mm I will like to be in you house to feel the peace that the plants offer

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