Kitchens are fantastic spaces in which to place plants and flowers, both of the edible and inedible variety. To prove this as well as provide those looking to add a touch of nature into their kitchen with some inspiration, here is a quick guide to doing exactly that.
Creating Kitchen Appropriate Centrepieces
Kitchen centrepieces and focal points can be created using botany in two major ways. Firstly, you can of course opt to create a kitchen herb garden or display of edible plants and flowers which doubles as a living spice rack. Secondly, you can use inedible plants and blooms to create tabletop and windowsill centrepieces which add colour to and liven up a kitchen or else decorate a table and create an inviting place to sit and eat with friends and family.
For those who aren’t confident about their own flower arranging skills but want a show stopping table centrepiece or windowsill worthy bouquet, a great place to turn is to the expert florists, Flowercard, who have teamed up with kitchenware brand Kilner to provide some absolutely stunning and perfectly themed bouquets that come complete in re-usable and iconic Kilner jars and as such make for the ideal kitchen window blooms. Meanwhile, Flowercard also create some brilliantly quirky bouquets in teacups and ceramic jugs that make for lovely kitchen and dining table centrepieces. Why not check out their fabulous flowers in teacups collection?
Edible Plants and Flowers
Edible plants and flowers, as aforementioned, make ideal kitchen plants. Beautiful smelling and looking, not to mention delicious tasting, growing your own herb garden is also both a rewarding and cost effective way to add style and flavour to any kitchen.
Then, to learn about the easiest and most savvy edible plants and flowers with which to decorate and furnish your kitchen (as well as garnish and flavour the meals you prepare within it) give the Bright Side website guide: Nine Great Edible Plants You Can Grow in Your Kitchen a read.
Meanwhile, to discover the wealth of equally edible flowers you can use to turn your meals into beautiful and colourful creations, refer to the Growers Direct website guide: Edible Flowers: A List of Flowers You Can Eat. From begonias to chrysanthemums, you might just be surprised at the wealth of common blooms you could also be adding to your culinary creations.
Kitchen Planters, Pots, Containers and Kitchen Herb Garden Ideas
There is a wealth of pots, planters and containers made specifically for use within a kitchen space or which are ideal for placing on a kitchen windowsill, cupboard top or directly onto a wall. That said, and for the frugal minded, simply using jars, tin cans (which can be hung from the wall) jugs, colanders and even teacups in which to grow herbs, lettuces and smaller edible plants is also perfectly fine and can add a touch of rustic charm to a kitchen space as well as fill it with the fresh scent of tasty herbs and provide you with a harvest of ready to use herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and deliciously fresh fruits and veggies.
Any cupboard-free wall which can be used to put up shelves on which plant pots can be placed and which ideally are not overhanging a countertop space provides the ideal space on or in which to create you very own herb garden. For an added touch of both style and convenience, consider coating the lip of yours shelves (if thick enough) with chalkboard paint on which you can write where each herb or edible plant can be found. Meanwhile, for more ideas give the House Beautiful 11 Fresh Ideas for Indoor Herb Gardens slideshow a flip through.
Flowers to Keep Away From the Kitchen
A small number of flowers and plants that are perfectly fine to use decoratively within the home are none the less best kept away from the kitchen. Namely, this includes any plant or flower which is poisonous or which features parts that are known to cause irritation or allergies. This is because it can be all too easy for people within a kitchen to touch these plants and then use their hands to prepare food or eat, or for plants to shed leaves, petals and pollen which can then contaminate a counter or table surface.
Whilst the risk of poisoning oneself (or anyone else for that matter) is slim, there is of course a small risk, especially in kitchens in which edible plants are kept, of confusing your genera and accidently adding the wrong leaf or flower to a recipe with some at best unpleasant tasting and at worst potentially serious consequences.
Then, to learn which commonly used flowers are in fact poisonous or known allergens and should as such be banished from the kitchen refer to the Better Homes & Gardens website guide to Poisonous Plants in the Home.