Plants for Hall or Staircase

Plants for Hall or Staircase

The entrance hall is one of the most important points in the scheme of house or apartment planning and needs to convey a pleasant atmosphere of welcome. It is probably rather dark and, although the use of house plants will help to make the entrance hall more inviting, it is important to remember that draughts can have a lethal effect on many plants and also that variegated foliage will lose its variegation, unless it has ample light.

Aspidistra lurida would seem to be a good plant for this situation and the variety variegata is really more interesting, with alternate green and white striping on the leaves, but it needs more light than is often available here.

Monstera deliciosa, if there is sufficient space, makes a handsome plant for a foyer or a hall. Its large, leathery, green leaves which reach up to 2 feet across and are deeply cut or perforated, are not affected by shade. Although they need a warm hall or foyer and ample watering plants for hall or staircaseand spraying in summer, with moderate watering in winter, they will make an imposing feature.

Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii has long, sword-like, pointed leaves, which have given rise to the unkind name of ’Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’. There are various shades of green with stripes of golden- yellow and they can reach 36 inches tall. This is another plant impervious to shade.

Spathiphyllum wallisii is an- other attractive plant for a shady corner and one of the few house plants grown for its flowers rather than its leaves. The leaves are a bright shiny green, long and lance- shaped with a thin point at the top. The flowers, not unlike Anthurium in shape, appear in spring and again in autumn. They are green at first, then turn white, and then turn green again. It should be treated as delicate, but it is not unreasonable in its requirements. It likes con- stant shade and the leaves will turn yellowish if exposed to too bright a light. It is a rapid grower and demands plenty of water and rather more feeding than most plants even during the winter and needs frequent repotting. Red Spider is sometimes a pest. Propagation is by division.

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