Artworks can be a great way to see how real people live with house plants – often being less styled than in books and magazines, and more like the hotchpotch we might have in our own homes (or those we remember in our parents’ and grandparents’ houses).
These three from the sixties are our some of our favourites from the online public collection at www.artuk.org.
This ‘exotic plant’ (perhaps a dracaena?) makes a striking painting.
This still life shows how plants – in this case a spider plant and its babies – are an integral part of interior decoration, sitting alongside other bits and bobs on our shelves and sidetables.
This one brings together the popular plant and fashion of the moment, brilliantly evoking the essence of the decade.