Matthew Pottage, Curator, RHS Garden Wisley, explained: ‘Social media shows that this is a huge and growing trend – hashtags such as #plantsofinstagram and #houseplants are used in their millions and tweets on houseplants often receive thousands of retweets. In daily life I see fiddle leaf figs and Swiss cheese plants everywhere, especially amongst the younger generation who don’t remember the 1970’s houseplant trend.”
Also coming back into fashion are ferns, which are credited with having soothing properties.
Guy Barter, Chief Horticultural Advisor, told The Telegraph: “Ferns are often found in relaxing places where we can reconnect with nature and concentrate on being in the moment, places such as streamsides, woodlands and grottos.
“A number of the gardens at RHS Chelsea this year have opted for natural planting palettes to encourage us all to reconnect with nature – green is known for its soothing properties and ferns are incredibly hardy all year round and come in a variety of textures and forms.
“Ferns are perfect plants for urban gardens as they can grow happily in shaded areas – as the importance of green spaces in our cities for our mental health and wellbeing continues to grow then we are likely to see an increase in the use of ferns both inside and outside the house as a result.”
This year the RHS announced a three-year partnership with the NHS to highlight the benefits of gardens, gardening and green spaces on the public’s mental health and wellbeing.
Work will start on a Wellbeing Garden at RHS Garden Bridgewater next year, designed by Ben Brace, Horticultural Projects Manager at the RHS. A second, designed by Matt Keightley, will open at RHS Garden Wisley in 2021.