Leafy Lane Brad Canning transforms his home into a lush green jungle

A graphic designer has transformed his townhouse into a lush green ‘forest’ after years of filling his space with potted and hanging plants of all shapes and sizes. 

Brad Canning, from Melbourne, started his greenery collection about four years ago – and his 60 plants have since become a part of the décor.

The 29-year-old – who also grows his own leafy houseplants out of avocado seeds – has plants ranging from an Instagram-worthy ‘foliage wall’ to the rarer species like the variegated monstera.

‘It’s such a nice feeling coming home to a greenhouse full of life. Houseplants add so much to a space. They add shape, colour and life,’ Brad told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Part of my collection growing was from wanting to collect common and uncommon plants and also because I loved the vibe they create in a space.’

Brad Canning (pictured), from Melbourne, started his plant collection about four years ago

Brad Canning (pictured), from Melbourne, started his plant collection about four years ago

The graphic designer has transformed his townhouse into a lush green 'forest' after years of filling his space with potted and hanging plants of all shapes and sizes

The graphic designer has transformed his townhouse into a lush green ‘forest’ after years of filling his space with potted and hanging plants of all shapes and sizes

The 29-year-old has plants ranging from an Instagram-worthy foliage wall to the rarer species like the variegated monstera

The 29-year-old has plants ranging from an Instagram-worthy foliage wall to the rarer species like the variegated monstera

The simple trick to ensure there’s no pesky bugs in the house

‘Gnats are attracted to damp soil so make sure you’re not watering your plants too often for a few reasons but also to keep the bugs away,’ Brad said.

He suggested mixing some vinegar, honey and a drop of dishwashing liquid in a small dish.

‘Sit it near your worst offending plants and the bugs will get stuck in there which helps get rid of them quick,’ he revealed.

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His obsession with plants started organically four years ago when he purchased his first ever monstera deliciosa.

‘A couple of my friends had bought houseplants around the same time so I thought I would too,’ he said.

‘As soon as it started adapting to the space and putting out new leaves, I was hooked and loved watching them thrive and grow bigger. This is what led me to keep buying more and more.’  

His indoor plant sanctuary has brought a source of great joy into his life.

‘I definitely think my plants have changed my life,’ Brad said. 

‘My favourite time of day is golden hour – when the sun is steaming in through the windows with some music playing and the house full of light and the plants thriving really boosts your energy.

‘Every day there’s something new to look at as they change their shape and grow new leaves.

‘When I water my plants and take them to my kitchen, the space they were taken from seems so empty and lifeless without them.’

With 60 plants under his roof, Brad said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition.

‘I generally tend to them daily,’ he said.

‘My biggest piece of advice is to learn about each plant you get as they all have their own needs and there’s not one size fits all method.

‘So generally all my plants are on different water schedule days. It doesn’t take me long each day but then it saves me from having to spend a large amount of time at one time on maintenance.’

With 60 plants under his roof, Brad said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition

With 60 plants under his roof, Brad said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition

His greenhouse has brought a source of great joy into his life (picture of Brad's dog Ralphie)

His greenhouse has brought a source of great joy into his life (picture of Brad’s dog Ralphie)

The young man has a legion of fans following his Instagram handle Leafy Lane where he offers his plant-styling advice and basic greenery care

The young man has a legion of fans following his Instagram handle Leafy Lane where he offers his plant-styling advice and basic greenery care

Brad Canning’s five tips to styling a home with plants

1. Play with heights: Find plants with different shapes and sizes and cluster different shapes together.

2. Utilise the ceiling: If you’re able to, having a hanging plant from the ceiling can really boost a room.

3. Find your style: Do you like minimalism? Styling a rare plant with books and candles is simple and elegant. Medium level would be a couple of different heights and shapes and then organised chaos. My house is more organised chaos where I have a lot of plants but styled together.

4. Pick a style: When buying pots for your plants, pick a style so that there aren’t too many different finishes and colours which can look messy and cluttered.

5. Spread around the house: Find plants that do well in different rooms like your bathroom vs your study which might not have much light. Having plants around the whole house can help boost your mood.

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The perfect plant for each room 

It comes down to how much light is in those rooms, Brad explained. 

Snake plants and devil’s ivy are really great for low light rooms

Pilea plants and monsteras are great for living rooms as they’re really nice to look at and love more attention. 

Fiddle leaf figs are great for a study room as they don’t like to be moved or drafts but they need a lot of indirect light.

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The young man has a legion of fans following his Instagram page Leafy Lane where he offers his plant-styling advice and basic greenery care. 

‘I think also sharing my hobby online has changed my life as well as I love that I can teach people so much and they look to me for inspiration,’ he explained.

Brad said some of the common mistakes people make is buying plants without any draining and overwatering.

‘Overwatering is the biggest killer of plants,’ he explained.

‘Always buy a pot that has draining and most plants will like to either full or partially dry out in between watering so make sure you’re not watering damp soil.

‘Another thing is buying pots without draining and thinking that plants need water every couple of days. Take the time to read that the plant likes and help it thrive.’

Brad has styled his home with his loving plants, including a devil's ivy trailing across his wall

Brad has styled his home with his loving plants, including a devil’s ivy trailing across his wall

Brad said he usually brings is plants to the kitchen on 'massive watering days' but most of the time, they're back in their spots around the house (pictured of his kitchen space)

Brad said he usually brings is plants to the kitchen on ‘massive watering days’ but most of the time, they’re back in their spots around the house (pictured of his kitchen space)

For first time planters, Brad said: 'There is a lot to learn but anyone can look after any plant, you just need to take the time to learn what the plant needs'

For first time planters, Brad said: ‘There is a lot to learn but anyone can look after any plant, you just need to take the time to learn what the plant needs’

Brad grows his own leafy houseplants out of avocado seeds and a sweet potato (pictured)

Brad grows his own leafy houseplants out of avocado seeds and a sweet potato (pictured)

With 60 plants under his roof, Brad said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition

With 60 plants under his roof, Brad said he checks all his greenery every day to ensure they are getting enough light, water and nutrition

Other things to consider buying for indoor plants are plant food and a humidifier.

‘Your plants can live without it, but they’ll be much happier in spring if they’re fed,’ he said, adding: ‘Having a humidifier can make or break for those plants who like humidity.’

For first time planters, Brad shared his basic tips for starting a collection at home.

‘There is a lot to learn but anyone can look after any plant, you just need to take the time to learn what the plant needs,’ he explained.

‘Find the place you want a plant and then shop for that space. Find one or two low maintenance plants and take care of them and once you’re more confident, start adding to your collection like that. I didn’t really know anything when I started but taking the time to learn will help you keep them all live.

‘Take into consideration sunlight (direct or indirect) and if it’s near a heater which dries the water in the air which is bad for plants that like humidity.

‘Ease into it. Don’t buy a bunch of plants as it can be overwhelming. Buy one or two and start learning what they like and start adding from there.’

How to grow an avocado plant using a seed

WHAT YOU’LL NEED 

Brad grows his own stunning houseplants out of avocado seeds (pictured)

Brad grows his own stunning houseplants out of avocado seeds (pictured)

  • An avocado seed
  • Water 
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags
  • A vase or cup

METHOD

Remove the seed from the avocado and wash it under water.

Dry it and peel off the skin using your fingertips – not a peeler.

Dampen a paper towel with cold water and wrap the seed in it.

Place the paper towel with the seed in a Ziploc bag and store in a dry area.

Check the seed once a week to see if a root has begun to sprout – this should take no longer than two to three weeks.

Once the root is visible and has grown out of the seed, place the seed on top of a small vase or cup that is filled with water.

Change the water every two weeks or as needed.

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