In your home and the majority of the ones you’ve been to, you can probably spot a houseplant at some point (or, perhaps, a copycat or two). There’s a reason these plants are so popular as housewarming gifts and staple décor pieces… and it’s not all about their looks! Being around plants can inspire creativity, increase mental alertness and memory, and promote a sense of relaxation.
So now that you know just how multi-capable houseplants are, which one do you gift to a friend or pick up for your own home? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite plants that will look great in any home.
“Succulent” can refer to a wide variety of plant types that are known for their thick, fleshy parts that are apt at retaining water. These can include desert plants, like aloe, or unique plants shaped like flower petals, such as echeveria. What makes succulents so great as houseplants is that they have staying power—with the right care, they can last for years in your home or office! These plants’ soil requires some drying time between watering, so constant maintenance isn’t a concern. Small succulents can be planted in pots, jars or even soup cans and can brighten up small spaces like a study area or work space.
Houseplants in general offer a wealth of benefits to you and your home… but if too much green doesn’t sit well with your home’s style (or personal taste), you may want to consider an orchid. Orchids come in beautiful, bright blues, purples and whites and can offer an elegant pop of color to any space. They also work great as housewarming gifts!
What makes orchids different is that they do not grow in soil—instead, they are planted in a mixture of bark, stones and other materials. They also don’t require frequent watering, and prefer some drying time between each watering. When given the proper care and sunlight, your orchid can have serious longevity.
This houseplant has NASA’s seal of approval as the best plant for air filtration, as it can absorb chemicals like formaldehyde from the air in your home. Plus, of course, English ivy can add unique visual interest to your home! You can hang it from a ceiling fixture or set it on the floor or tabletop to inspire creativity and relaxation. The vines of this plant can get rather long, but that’s nothing to worry about—regular trimming can keep your plant as long (or short) as you want it.
The rubber tree is also a great air purifier, and is famously low maintenance—it can grow in cooler temperatures and requires little light. The broad, rubbery leaves are a unique (and clean) alternative to many leafier houseplants.
The snake plant’s sharp, vertical-growing leaves make it interesting in appearance; its low maintenance nature make it perfect for even poorly lit areas of your home. You don’t need to water the snake plant frequently—in fact, overwatering can lead to rotting fairly easily. This easy-to-care-for plant is another great purifier, so it’s a natural choice for any homeowner.
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