This week I am so happy to share Maria Bergström of The Hidden Adventure! She has been the number one plant Lady recommend as a must follow from our past interviewees, and it’s easy to see why! Maria effortlessly shares her plants and plant styling in her home along with easy to follow tips. Plus you get a glimpse into all the greenery from her travels as well! Maria is definitely the ultimate plant Lady!What is your favorite kind of plants?
I´ll go for the desert. I will always make room for a new cactus or succulent to join the plant gang.
What plant best represents you?
Monstera. It was one of my first plants and it was the beginning of my urban jungle.
Tell us about when you first fell in love with plants?
It started in 2011 when I was renting an apartment and part of the deal was to take care of their plants. Before I had only owned two or three plants myself, plants that I had bought without any reflection. But when I got to take care of more plants I really saw how much they could do for the interior and the whole apartment. I realized I really enjoyed taking care of the plants. It was a big apartment so I could bring in more and more plants. Looking back, I thought I had a real jungle at the time but it´s nothing compared to how many plants I have today. The plant gang game is still growing strong.
Tell us about your favorite ways to decorate with plants?
I work a lot with clusters and groups. I like to combine a lot of plants and work both vertical and horizontal. Like the windowsill together with plant hangers. Or create big clusters of plants on the floor using different heights and shapes to create a lush and cohesive overall look. My motto is: There should always be a plant in sight no matter where you look in the apartment.
Why do you feel houseplants are necessary for your home?
Home is where my plants are because they add so much value to me in so many ways! First of all, I really like taking care of my plants and to follow their process. It´s so interesting and fulfilling to see something grow over time. And for aesthetic reasons, they make my apartment so much more personal and it's very calming to be surrounded by plants. Plants are also a perfect source of inspiration and creativity. I´m a visual person and love to I create images and still lifes. My plants are my biggest inspiration and I really enjoy to document my plant gang and share on Instagram.
What are your must-have accessories for the perfect plant corner?
My cactus coasters (small tables made of clay) and plant hangers. Not only do they serve a great purpose of creating a dynamic for your plants but also since I create them myself I get to combine the things I like the most, plants and being creative.
Have you noticed any trends in houseplants?
I don´t think that anyone has missed that there is a huge plant trend right now. Think about what kind of style you like and let the plants lead the way you decorate your home. If you are like me, I´ll go for the "More is more" - creating an indoor jungle with clusters of plants, big and small, integrated into the interior. Think a mix of green plants like monsteras and pileas together with cactus and succulents. Or if you are more minimalistic go for the "Less is more" - with one big statement plant, like a fiddle fig tree, banana leaf palm tree or bird of paradise.
We live in Stockholm right now and the apartments here aren´t that big which means I have always had to think twice before a bring home a new plant. I recently said yes to a friend to adopt his monstera, the problem was that I did not know that it was huge, more than 1,7 meter in diameter(!) I still trying to figuring out where I should put it. But yeah to answer the question, I always look for a new cactus or succulent to join the plant gang.
Who are some of your favorite plant ladies?
@losinredning @still____ @studiohearhear @createaholic @haarkon @urbanjunglebloggers @nerdmedsverd
Do you have any tips for aspiring plant lady?
Old books about indoor plants with pictures and instructions from the 70´s! They helped me so much in the beginning when I did not know anything about how to take care of plants. Especially when I was trying to figure out the condition of some plant, why it was not feeling well and what I was doing wrong. Sometimes I did not even know the names of the plants so I could not google it. That´s where the book was so helpful, it had pictures and had a section regarding each plant on what might be wrong with the plant and what to do to make it a happy again. That way I started to learn the most common mistakes, starting to experiment more with water, sunlight and placement of the plant in the room and I learned the names of my plants :)
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