Five images that show that houseplants aren't just a phase

Some people say that houseplants are just a craze that will eventually go out of fashion. If you're one of those people, then look no further than these 5 images to see that houseplants have in fact always been around...


The New York Times Archives

In 1971, Brooklyn had its own "houseplant boarding facility", where plant parents could drop off their green friends if they were going on holiday (for up to $1.75 per plant, per week).

The Victorians

Plants were an important part of the Victorian interior decor due to changes in architecture that allowed more natural light into their houses. Terrariums, ferns and parlour palms were common place then as they are today.

17th century

Johann Christoph Volckamer (1644-1720), from Nürnbergische Hesperides

By the 17th century, citrus trees were a status symbol among the rich and so greenhouses and orangeries were built to protect these trees during the winter.

An over a 1000 years old houseplant

Italian Bonsai museum "Crespi"

This Ficus Bonsai tree located in Italy is said to be over 1,000 years old and one of the oldest in the world.

600 BC

Babylonian hanging gardens by Dutch artist Martin Heemskerck.

As listed by Hellenic culture, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.