Reader's indoor jungle with 450 houseplants

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“Because plants have so many different growth habits, there are myriad possibilities for styling them,” says Saffron. “I love trailing and climbing plants as they add levels of height that can be difficult to achieve with indoor plants.”
“Because plants have so many different growth habits, there are myriad possibilities for styling them,” says Saffron. “I love trailing and climbing plants as they add levels of height that can be difficult to achieve with indoor plants.”

Photographs Henrique Wilding

“I’ve always loved plants,” says Saffron de la Rouviere who, at last count, had 450 plants in her house and greenhouse.

“My mother was an avid gardener and as a young kid I would watch her at work in the garden. I went through a succulent craze in my early twenties but during the drought in 2017 I decided to garden indoors rather than outdoors. I was battling to keep my garden alive and the few indoor plants I had gave me a wonderful sense of relief and calm. They were my sanctuary from the drought.”

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