Houseplants are a quick way to transform your space, adding a touch of pigment and life to your home. They’re also good for you, because they reduce stress and boost air quality, and can offer a new lease of life to a space. Incorporating a few plants can really spice up utilitarian rooms like kitchens, and make daily tasks like washing dishes and cooking a little more enjoyable. Growing your own herbs and window-sill veggies is also quite environmentally friendly. Did you know that almost 72% of consumers today take into account the environmental impact of their consumer decisions as they buy food and other groceries? Use the three wonderfully scented plants in your kitchen:
These alluring beauties add another dimension to any kitchen. They come in various different colors and fragrances, there’s something for everybody. Consider the lemon-scented Cymbidium Golden Elf. They’re ideal for kitchens as they prefer warmer rooms, and they’re also remarkably easy to look after, because they do not need daily watering. Rather, just once a week, load your kitchen sink with a few inches of cool water and put your orchids in to have a drink for about 30 minutes. There, Voila!
The elegant, sweet floral scent of jasmine brings a touch of beauty and sophistication to your kitchen. People have given Jasmine flowers varying symbolic and spiritual meanings, such as motherhood, purity, devotion, or love, so that in any case, it will add an enjoyable touch to your home. There’s several species that can do well indoors — Arab jasmine, for instance, flowers most of the year. Jasmine flourishes in a sunny yet humid climate. Position it near the window, maintain the soil damp, and treat it with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer in the warmer months. Once your jasmine plant is well established and blooming, you could even consider making your own jasmine tea!
Many plants can pull triple duty on the senses – they don’t just look beautiful and taste amazing, they smell lovely, too! Whereas all kitchens will benefit from having a windowsill herb garden, there are a few helpful herbs that smell especially good.
- Basil is an easier-to-grow, aromatic herb that tastes great in Caprese salad, topping pizza and pasta dishes, or used as a foundation for homemade pesto. I grow red ruby basil from seeds in my kitchen because it has a stronger flavor and extraordinary reddish-purple leaves with a higher decorative effect.
- Mint has a tidy, fresh scent and makes a wonderful addition to roast lamb, tabouleh-like Middle Eastern dishes and lemonade. It is also a key ingredient for mojitos, and you can even use it as a cake garnish, as well as a combination of chocolate and fruit flavours.
- Rosemary is another low-maintenance, fragrant herb that can be used in a number of different ways. It’s fantastic with chicken – just slice a lemon in half for a simple roast chicken and put it inside a whole chicken with rosemary.
- Thyme is a delicious herbal plant. It prefers well-drained soil so don’t worry about watering it too much. This low-maintenance herb is green all year round so a worthwhile investment and goes great with eggs.
Lemongrass, lavender, coriander, parsley … I always go with the season and alter all year round.
Remember that potted herbs sold in supermarkets are likely to be more difficult to maintain in the long run because they have been engineered for rapid growth and immediate use. So, if you want to maintain herbs alive in the kitchen, go to your local nursery or market and ask about high quality organic herbs cultivated in nutrient-rich soil, you’ll get much better results.
Tip: If you’ve ever had too much of a good thing and your plants need to be pruned back to stay on your windowsill, don’t discard the extra trimmings! Preserve your herbs by drying them on a baking sheet in the oven at low flame, or combine them with butter or olive oil and freeze them in an ice cube tray to make your own flavor-bombs that are simple to use.