A haven of houseplants

Mercy Morris, is the first ‘garden’ owner for the National Garden Scheme to open for houseplants alone.  At her home in Herne Bay, Kent, Mercy has around 150 houseplants from tiny air plants to philodendrons and monsteras along with a range of cacti, succulents, tillandsia, tropical and half-hardy plants. Many are suitable to grow in any home. “Plants engage us all at a very basic level, tapping into our need to nurture and care for other living things,” says Mercy. “For many, they become as precious as their pets and for those without gardens provide the opportunity to watch and grow and look forward to what unfurls next.”

Join Mercy for a tour of her houseplants with tips and hints on what to grow … even if you don’t have green fingers there is a plant that will work for you.

A closer look…


This living collection of indoor plants from aloe to zamioculcas has been created over the last 30 years. They range in size from the truly impractical Philodendron and monstera to mini plants hiding in the understorey. A sunny porch full of cacti and succulents and low-light tolerant plants such as rhapis, begonia and sansevieria, along with many different species of tillandsia (air plants) and other bromeliads. This is a home for plants that anyone can create, taking advantage of every scrap of space and light.

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