Plants are good. They eat up all the carbon dioxide we exhale as waste, they can increase the humidity of a room (helping with sore throats, colds and dry skin conditions), they purify the air, have been shown to increase creativity as well as focus… Yeah, we really like plants.


They also happen to look really interesting. And, even without their beneficial nature with regards to your health and wellbeing, they brighten up any room (if you rent, this is a godsend). So we've corralled some of The 405's more green-thumbed photographers to take some illuminating snaps of their various verdant friends, showing us a world of market-bought houseplants and IKEA-sourced oddities.

These photos were taken by the excellent Flore Diamant.

I used to live in Brussels surrounded by trees and plants and flowers, so this is my attempt to somehow recreate this in my little room (and they look great ). A Sunday trip to Columbia Road flower market and a stop at the least hectic seller made me choose those specific plants, which I'm now trying to keep alive for as long as possible... we'll see how long that lasts.



These photos were taken by the gifted Micaela McLucas.

When I turned 25 I decided I needed to do something ridiculous with my life so with money I scavenged together, by some miracle, I dropped everything and moved to Paris where I knew no one nor the language that well. Upon arrival my fantasy world flew out the window along with all my contact with society now that I was very much lost in translation.

To feel like I was still needed, I decided to buy a plant, and I had to prove I could keep said plant alive. I found a magical forest of strange cheap trees at IKEA, one immediately caught my eye. On said plant was a tag that read 10 Euro, "Madagascar Dragon Tree". My eyes bulged open, I was intrigued. They all had fantastic directions on their pots, this one said no light needed and only needed to be watered once a month. SOLD. I took him home, I named him John, after my best friend I had left back in New York, both were sort of sad and eccentric looking so it worked.

Me and human John get in many spats and often don't speak, but the plant somehow survived passed our friendship in its dark little corner of my apartment, giving me hope and a good laugh when I need it.



This section featured the following plant(s):

IKEA "Madagascar Dragon Tree": don't quite believe it's really called that but the name alone was definitely was enough to convince me to buy him.



These photos were taken by the wonderful Umit Koseoglu.

I moved house a couple of months ago. I wanted to get a dog or cat but wasn't allowed, so I bought a plant instead. Then I got a bit carried away and kept buying more. I went to a garden centre in Camden the other day, got too excited, and had to drag a load of plants back on the bus at rush hour, which I'm sure was quite the sight to see. I keep forgetting to water them but they haven't died on me just yet.



This section featured the following plant(s):

An asparagus fern
A big plant I bought in IKEA and don't know the name of
Miscellaneous cacti
A 'sedum burrito' which I bought mainly because of the name
A stripy succulent from Botany store



These photos were taken by the talent Chris Lanaway.

My parents recently emigrated to Australia so I decided to get myself a plant, they were pretty keen on their plants so decided to get one in their honour so to speak. It lives on the landing by the window that overlooks the valley. Not one for horticulture but I've now caught the bug investing in more house flora.



This section featured the following plant(s):

Easter Cactus - Hatiora Gaertneri.



Photography by the talented Bertrand Bosrédon.



These photos were taken by the awesome Elliott Arndt. As you'll notice, the second photo was used for our Great Escape poster.



These photos were taken by the skilful Jess Maddock.

My name is Jess and I am a 22-year-old photographer fortunate enough to live a 20 minute walk from Columbia Rd Flower Market, which I visit often (perhaps too often, as my bedroom/garden is starting to look like a jungle!).



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My plants don't currently have names, I'm afraid. But I've always thought the spikey one looks like an Alesandro!



These photos were taken by the brilliant Carl Osbourn.