Potted Plants

Use potted trees to create natural cooling and shade for your home. Plants can help to regulate indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity levels. They also provide health benefits!


  • Natural shade: Outdoor plants and trees can provide cooling shade, reducing indoor temperatures.
  • Evaporative cooling: Plants can help cool the air through transpiration. The moisture that plants release during photsynthesis can help evaporatvie cooling. 
  • Environmental: Planting trees can help to reduce your household emissions and improve air quality.


  • Water: Some plants may be water-intensive and will need to be watered regularly.
  • Maintenance: Plants and trees will require ongoing maintenance.
  • Potential damage: To avoid damaging your rental property, make sure that water from plants doesn't pool on the ground. Plants should be in saucers to capture water, or you can water them on the lawn or in a sink. 


  • Research your climate: Different parts of Australia have distinct climates, so start by understanding your local conditions. See our buying guide for tips. 
  • Check local listings: Look for free or low-cost plants on places like Facebook Marketplace or ‘buy nothing’ Facebook groups. Or a friend may be able to help you out with free cuttings!
  • Purchase pots and soil: Make sure to get pots with good drainage and appropriate soil for your selected trees.
  • Place plants: Set potted trees by windows, both inside and outside, to maximise their cooling and humidity-controlling effects.
  • Maintain: Water and fertilise as necessary, and consider seasonal pruning to keep the trees healthy and effective.

Buying guide

Below are some suggested resources to help you find the right plants to regulate temperature and humidity levels around your home. Be sure to research plants suited to your local climate. Opt for native plants where possible for optimal results. 

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