Indoor, or interior flower boxes, boxes for plants – do not name them as large stands for placing a large collection of indoor plants – it will be difficult to make a mistake. In fact, these are very large bins for plants that hide the pots and pots themselves, introduced into the interior. The fashion for interior flower girls came to us from the trends of garden design. And every day such special “boxes” are becoming more and more popular. A better delimiter of space and a more laconic way to green up the interior simply cannot be found.
Flower box for indoor plants
It is wise to choose a flower girl
Interior flower boxes, or flower boxes, are large stands made of various materials on wheels or legs in the form of a decorative box or box. It is as complete a way of arranging plants in a room as an open collection or exhibition, a terrarium, an ampel, green walls or single plants. Only this method of landscaping is much more massive, catchy, elegant, modern and laconic at the same time.
Such boxes are solid (or “deaf”), openwork (or forged) and picket – with gaps between the slats. The heights and sizes of interior flower boxes vary from modest boxes, in which you can place 2-3 plants, to large flower girls, which can fit from 4-5 plants and are equal in length to a soft sofa. The height, like the style of decoration, finishing materials, the presence of additional decor, the color of such a flower girl for a room is selected in accordance with the style of interior decoration and the design of furniture in it. Flower girls should be appropriate to the size of the room and decor, be in proportion to the furniture and not appear too small or too massive.
Today, forged flower girls are still popular, which are often given a pretentious and even fancy shape. But sophisticated forged “boxes”, heavy, difficult to maintain, and not suitable for every interior, are slowly replacing elegant fiberglass, acrylic and wood.
There is one important nuance that must be taken into account when choosing a flower girl – the durability of the materials and the massiveness of the product. Even if you are using plants that are not too massive, the flower box should have strong legs and sufficient stability. If you choose drawers with wheels, you must make sure that the fasteners are not flimsy and can withstand the load. Feel free to inspect the flower girl literally from all sides. But stability has a downside – heavy flower beds are more difficult to move, they can damage the flooring, especially if the floor is made of natural wood. Therefore, consider possible protection and all security measures.
It is not at all necessary to buy a ready-made flower box, although today their assortment is expanding every day, and the most pretentious and fashionable options are already actively included in furniture catalogs. You can make a flower girl to decorate a room yourself, because almost any plastic, metal or wooden box and box can be remade for it. Or you can transform antique pieces of furniture under a flower box. Chests, hanging cradles, antique and not quite dressers, old cabinets, over which they were a little “conjured” using the technique of renewing or aging the coatings – all this will be an excellent alternative to purchased flower girls.
The role of interior flower boxes
Flower boxes allow you to solve several decorative tasks at once:
- eliminate the effect of “clutter”, the abundance of details in the decor;
- make houseplant collections more organized;
- to set modern accents;
- combine the tasks of delimiting space and landscaping;
- increase the number of plants in the room without increasing the area occupied by the stands;
- save yourself from the need to buy expensive decorative containers from the same series and be guided only by their practical characteristics;
- hide containers and soil from sight for a “clean” picture “;
- make landscaping more stylish and concise.
Flower girls in the interior are a pleasure only for large rooms and rooms that combine different functional corners. Of course, they can be used in the bedroom as well (as an analogue of a bench by the bed, an element of the headboard design, etc.), but this option is rather an exception that only designers resort to. Interior flower girls are used mainly in the interior of the living room, to separate the dining area from the recreation area, in studio apartments as an elegant way to limit the areas. But they came into fashion as one of the most harmonious ways to separate the dining room from the kitchen or any other space.
Indoor flower girls should not be viewed only as a means of masking the accumulation of pots. The role of flower boxes in the interior is quite equal to any piece of large furniture – a chest of drawers, a secretary, a shelving unit. Interior flower boxes are a space dividing, zoning element designed to complement furniture and “outline” the space functionally, limiting individual zones. Even if we are talking about a small flower box, then it is primarily a limiter and “stopper” – an element that emphasizes the boundaries of the zone and makes it separate. In their placement, they are guided by functionality.
Where is the best place to place the flower box?
Flower girls can be placed along the walls, but the best way to reveal the essence and purpose of a flower box is placing it in a room, inside the interior. The classic option is to put a flower girl behind a sofa or other upholstered furniture in a recreation area or parallel to it, as if separating a corner for communication with a green wall. It is precisely as a “mobile wall” that the flower girl should be considered on the floor plan. But when choosing the ideal location, it is worth thinking about another important aspect – lighting and free access to plants:
- It is advisable to place flower boxes so that the plants can be approached from different sides, nothing interferes with caring for them, and water procedures do not pose a threat to furniture nearby (for example, so that when spraying, water does not fall on your favorite chair).
- When disposing a flower girl, they choose a place with diffused illumination, which is suitable for most versatile and unpretentious plants. You cannot place a flower girl in the shade, in the back of the room, and the choice of cultures will be more scarce. Optimal for interior flower girls are such places in which plants will receive maximum light in the morning and at lunchtime, at the intersection of the lines of windows (when placing the latter on different walls) or between them, in the near half of the room. Examining the room, they choose open places where the maximum light is concentrated and which are not shaded by furniture and household items.
- The middle or almost the middle of the room is an ideal accommodation option in terms of microclimate. Moving away from the central heating system, windows, doors, and therefore drafts, creates a stable atmosphere for plants.
Plants for every taste
Any plants can be displayed in a flower box in the living room or dining room, which can be content with the level of lighting in the place where the structure will be located. Plants pick up:
- for the style of the interior;
- taking into account the landscaping of other rooms;
- according to your taste and character.
A very important factor is color. The flower girl is a large, central element of landscaping, and it is she who will determine its character. Considering your personal preference, try to create a vibrant color effect. Go for green that goes well with any furniture and style, but add impact with at least one flowering plant. But even “inside” certain categories have their own “buts”:
- for flower boxes, it is better to choose bright leaves, light, fresh, rich foliage color options;
- the diversity of flowers and inflorescences is not the best choice, and here it is better to give preference to the purest and brightest, light and soft color variations.
Do not try to make a flower girl with many flowering plants “for every season.” Seasonal crops blooming at different times of the year are best placed in the interior by choosing “live bouquets”. But in a flower box it is better to place one or two, but long-term flowering crops.
The more massive the furniture in the room and the more spacious the room itself, the more visually light and lush, lace plants should be chosen. In small rooms and with elegant furniture, you can “play” with tiered or strict silhouettes and lines.
The best option is to fill the flower pot with plants so that the composition seems lush, solid, “merged” into a single spot. The number of plants is measured only by the capacity of the flower girl. But when placing plants in it, make sure that they are not too crowded, and that the crowns slightly “run over” each other.
Use plants that do not require specific maintenance, with “average” watering and feeding requirements. Such stars as Innocent’s nidularium, nightshade, Benjamin’s ficus, pineapple – for solo parties. But in flower girls it is better to arrange hardy and “proven” favorites. For example, winged chlorophytum, beautiful escinanthus, feathery asparagus, blood-red stromant, dieffenbachia of the most bushy varieties, peperomia, ivy, beautiful hoya, Foster’s hovea, sansevieria, cymbidium orchid or spatifilusma, look good in flower girls.
Planting plants in a flower girl
The proliferation of flower boxes and in indoor format often leads to confusion with planting. Indoor plants are not planted in flower girls, but displayed. But just putting them in a box is not the best option. According to the generally accepted technology for growing compositions from indoor plants in flower boxes, the space of the flower girl is filled with drainage and moisture-consuming soil:
- At the bottom of the flower girls (from 1/4 to 1/3 of the height), a layer of drainage is poured from any available and preferably light materials.
- The drainage layer is covered with peat or any light substitute for the substrate – coconut fiber, etc.
- Pots with plants without pallets are placed on the peat, placing them so that together the plants create a full-fledged composition (for smaller containers, “mounds” are poured, leveling the upper edge of all pots).
- The space between the pots is filled with the same peat or its equivalent.
Caring for plants in a flower room is specific: watering is carried out carefully, trying to prevent excessive waterlogging and maintaining a stable substrate moisture. The main difficulty is annual examinations and transplants. Every year, in early spring, the filling soil is removed, emptying the containers, and then all the plants are taken out and carefully examined. Transplantation for crops in the flower box is carried out regularly and preferably annually: it is impossible to allow the penetration of roots through the drainage hole into the layer of “fillers” in the flower box, therefore the plants have to be transplanted before the need arises for a transplant.