Thinking of ways to keep your home looking fresh and inviting can be tricky, especially for those of us not blessed with a creative approach to home decor or living on a budget. Swapping out decor from various rooms and rearranging the furniture can make a big impact, but there’s another way to easily transform your home, and that is with an indoor plant. Live indoor plants are making a comeback in a big way, which can be seen on just about any design or decor blog or within the glossy pages of your favourite magazine.
Deciding on the best indoor plants for your home should be considered carefully. Not everyone has a repent thumb or plenty of space, but don't let that stop you. There are plenty of options for anyone looking for a lush bit of green to liven up their living space, no matter your situation. Spruce up your home with one (or more!) of these indoor plants.
Best Small Indoor Plants
If you’re looking for a small friend to grace your desk or a quiet corner of your home, you’re in luck. There are endless varieties of small indoor plants that will spruce up your space.
An asparagus fern makes the perfect friend for a shelf or kitchen unit that could use a pop of colour The delicate fronds add texture to any space. Asparagus ferns need partial shade and good drainage.
Bamboo is a great option for a small space. Lucky bamboo was all the range 15-20 years ago, so why not bring back a classic for your table, desk or bedside table? Bamboo does best with indirect sun and plenty of drainage.
A pothos is a great and simple plant that takes up minimal space in your home. Some varieties grow well in hanging pots thanks to their vine-like leaves. Pothos plants also come in a variety of colours and variegations, so there’s plenty to choose from. Make sure your pothos stays well drained and gets partial to full sunlight.
Best Low Maintenance Indoor Plants
People want low maintenance indoor plants for a plethora of reasons. Perhaps you travel a lot, or maybe you’re just not very good at keeping plants alive. If this is the case, you’ll want to make sure you get a plant that doesn’t require a lot of attention.
Aspidistra, or the Cast Iron Plant, is nearly indestructible. The Aspidistra gained its hardy nickname from the Victorians, with whom the plant was very popular. During the industrial age, many plants did not thrive indoors due to harsh atmospheres set off by oil and gas lamps. One of the only plants that did survive well indoors was the Aspidistra. The Cast Iron Plant thrives in both shade and sun, and prefers for its soil to dry out completely before being watered again. What more can you ask for in a low maintenance plant?
Cacti, originating in the arid regions of the Americas, have exploded in popularity in recent years. When it comes to a low maintenance plant, it’s difficult to beat a cactus. They require infrequent watering, and depending on species, you may go weeks or even months between having to water your cactus. They come in a stunning array of colours and varieties and will live quite happily, forgotten on a windowsill.
Aloe is a versatile and very useful plant to have around the house. This hardy succulent requires minimal watering, plenty of sunlight and a bit of soil monitoring. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to tell if your aloe is getting thirsty unless you check to see how dry the soil is. Aloe is also a natural medicine, and the thick gel that grows within the leaves is great for minor burns and scrapes!
Best Flowering Indoor Plants
If you want a splash of colourful blossom to grace your living space, you might want to opt for a flowering indoor plant. There are plenty of options, but we’ve included a variety of old favourites in our list.
The Peace lily is a very popular indoor plant, and it’s large, distinctive blooms and waxy leaves can bring a touch of the exotic to any space. Peace lilies are quite easy to care for and thrive in bright light.
For a bit of colour to cheer you up during the bleak winter, a Christmas Cactus could be just the thing. The Christmas Cactus tends to bloom in cooler months, and depending on species you might expect yours to boom around Christmas or even Easter. These are very easy to maintain and require little attention and water.
The African Violet is one of the most classic indoor plants. These delicate blossoms bloom in a variety of shades including purples, pinks and white. They look perfect in a delicate pot on a window sill or ledge where they can soak up indirect sunlight.
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