Houseplants are about more than just adding a bit of foliage to your family room or bringing some greenery to your guest bedroom.
Studies have shown that indoor vegetation can improve physical health, cleansing the air of pollutants as well as reducing fatigue and headaches. They can also boost your mood, which has a positive impact on mental wellbeing.
As well as all these benefits, it’s undeniable that a houseplant can really tie the look of a room together, bringing a freshness and vitality that’s difficult to achieve by other means.
If you fancy bringing a bit of bush into your abode, here are the best houseplants for your home.
A good houseplant for beginners
Many people love the idea of investing in some greenery, but worry that the plants will end up lasting a few weeks, then dry up and have to head to houseplant heaven. There are lots of plants that don’t take much looking after though, such as Aloe, which just needs a warm spot that gets plenty of light. Start with some low maintenance plants, then work your way onto the more exotic as your fingers become a little greener.
Good plants for a lack of space
Tillandsia, or air plants, are good if you don’t have the right spot to park a big plant pot, as they don’t require soil to grow. They naturally use their short, wiry roots to attach to rocks or trees, so in the home they can look striking attached to a hanging wire sculpture or in a terrarium on a table top. Be warned: they can be a bit tricky to care for, so make sure you do your research before buying.
A plant that’s good for bathrooms
It’s nice to have some leaves in your loo, but it can be tricky to keep plants in the bathroom due to high humidity and the low light conditions. Choose a houseplant that will thrive under these conditions, such as ivy. The look will make an impact with its green leaves elegantly trailing against the white of your suite. What’s more, it’s listed as one of NASA’s ‘clean air’ plants, so could actually help keep your bathroom environment that little bit more sparkly clean!
A plant for the boudoir
While it doesn’t necessarily sound appealing to have snakes in the bedroom, don’t be put off by this plant’s unfortunate name. A snake plant (otherwise known as mother-in-law’s tongue), is known to give off oxygen at night (while most plants do so during the day), making it the perfect plant to promote a healthy atmosphere in your sleeping space. They’re relatively easy to look after, too, so they’ll provide that pop of green and those health benefits without too much effort from you.
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When you need a big plant to fill a space
If you’ve got a corner of a room that just needs a little something extra – why not fill it with some fabulous foliage? A Monstera is the obvious choice (still riding high in the style charts), but for something a little different, try a Fiscus tree. For those who have the space, a small tree such as this can add real drama to a space.
A good houseplant for a pop of colour
It’s not always about bringing those natural green hues into your home – houseplants can be the perfect way to introduce a pop of colour to tie into a décor scheme. Lavender brings a beautiful hushed lilac colour, plus it’s got its wonderful smell going for it. It’s hardy too, so will last you well.
Good plants for darker rooms
Avant’s homes have more light going for them, but not every homeowner has that benefit. For darker rooms, there are some plants which can adapt well to lower light conditions. Devil’s Ivy (or more appealingly known as a ‘money plant’) is a low maintenance trailing vine, and is perfectly happy without too much sun.
Handy plants for the kitchen
Plants don’t always have to be about aesthetics. A few herbs or aromatics in the kitchen can bring another element to your culinary creations as well as to your chromatics. Growing your own chilli plant is more of a challenge, but the experience of cooking a curry with homegrown spices has a real kick to it!
Houseplants for those that like a challenge
With amazing colours, fading in and out of reds, oranges, yellows and greens – even pinks and purples – Crotons are said to be ‘difficult but worth it’. It earns the nickname ‘Joseph’s Coat’, so-called for its Technicolour, leathery leaves. It needs lots of sunlight, and for the soil to be kept moist (but not too moist!) Remember – it’s worth the effort!
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Small plants for desks or shelving
If you’d rather not have another thing on the floor (sometimes hoovering around pots can be a nightmare!), look for small nooks and crannies where you can keep mini potted houseplants. Succulents and cacti can bring a delightful dash of colour to a shelving unit and break up the storage you have on there to keep it from looking cluttered. A desk always benefits from a potted plant, and can keep your workspace bright and cheerful.