Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ah, the lush, wiry fiddle leaf or banjo fig, as seen in virtually every hotel lobby, restaurant and boutique-y interior design shop all over the world. No wonder the constantly-travelling Swedes have picked up on its glorious colour and tropical looks. Hauled in great numbers from garden centers and box stores, the fiddle leaf figs find new homes in gleaming inner-city apartments. There, they form a leafy-green organic backdrop and contrast to all the stark design anxiety of Stockholm’s inner city, where the sculptural constitution of the plant soften things up a little.
This delicious monster is a well-known horticultural staple for those of us who grew up in the 1970’s and 80’s, and green indoor jungles are fairly easily recreated with the Monstera. It is a robust, durable plant that for some reason copes well with the long, dark winters of our city. After a couple of decades of hiatus, Monstera is back in our living rooms, serving its purpose as a substantial piece of greenery in your urban sanctuary. Perhaps due to its hardy nature, it is popular among those appreciating mass rather than class. Good looks with a practical twist for those who actually have to care for their own plants.
The bright, bold red hues so popular a couple of decades ago gave this African a bad reputation for an extended period. Previously perceived as vulgar, common and uninspired, it was cast aside as something only the grandparents would show off in their suburban gardens, but the Geranium is now gaining recognition as one of the new cool plants. The inner-city hipsters are mating with other hipsters and tiny hipsters are created. They take to the suburbs, where they now plant, school and grow their geranium of choice. They feature fragrant leaves, a variety of hues and some can even be used to spice up that new cool sourdough bread recipe.